My 1st MR2 - 2001 very green

Started by idiotgap, November 10, 2022, 10:54

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Alex Knight

I had my flexis replaced.

The bends were £15 each from an online exhaust catalogue, and then I paid a welder to cut the remains of the old ones out and weld new ones on.

I went for slightly oversize IIRC to help the 2ZZ flow a bit better than stock.

Gaz mr-s

I agree with what's been said on f'book...£500 is a rip-off. If the car isn't a daily driver you could take your time, get the tools required. prepare the job & fit yourself. Alternatively, buy the flexi's on ebay & get a local garage to weld them in for you.

Another approach is buy an aftermarket cat, - you'll get recommendations on here, & trade the o/e in for the platinum scrap, - I think you can make a profit.

Joesson

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@idiotgap

Good call on a bike to get around at LeMans.
As for carrying one on a 2 it has been done and I have mentioned it previously but "SEARCH" is un helpful.
The rear towing eye socket/S are used with a threaded rod and a bike carrier or diy system fixed on.
Iirc there was also mention of it on Spyderchat.

PS
I don't recall a positive comment about oil consumption/ reduction treatments. I would save the money to buy more oil.

idiotgap

Hi @Joesson I'm a keen cyclist and did many searches on the subject of carrying bikes on an MR2 before buying the car, haven't got round to buying the threaded bar yet that will go into the towing eye sockets, but that's where I'll start I imagine, I think I read that there was a supplier on aliexpress. I seem to recall a carrier came up on fb via one of the groups but I missed it.
Dave K
2001 PFL Cape Green

Ardent

Quote from: idiotgap on January  9, 2023, 07:25'Mr Exhaust' to weld in new ones, but it's not cheap at <> £500,

Clearly not a job they want to do, so priced silly.
Could buy a new cat for less than that. Taking the p.

idiotgap

I've got a quote from another place now at £200 so I'll probably go with that
Dave K
2001 PFL Cape Green



Carolyn

It's also worth bearing in mind that, if your cat is the original one (and it probably is), it's close to it's end of life.  Repairing it may be a false economy.
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idiotgap

Quote from: Carolyn on January 10, 2023, 09:29Repairing it may be a false economy.
It's a fair point, we think the cat is original, I've been encouraged to retain the OEM quality part if I can. Even if the flexi parts are £30 only, I can see how a business with overheads and offering aftercare needs to charge something for the time it's going to take to weld them in. I'm probably ok with the latest quote.

I have four cars, I know how to do some things and enjoy some kinds of tinkering which saves me some money. No doubt there is scope to do more, but I also have a full time job, three kids and like to rely on getting outside help when it looks to me like I wouldn't have so much fun with it or stuck for time.
Dave K
2001 PFL Cape Green

idiotgap

Quote from: idiotgap on January  9, 2023, 07:25- aftermarket heated seat kit fitted, seem great so far, but in partially following the Toyota instructions which include tapping into the blue and black wire which is in the bundle going from the px sill plate to the dash side fusebox, I seem to have connected them to permanent live rather than switched, so I run the risk of leaving them on and running the battery down, so I must work out where to get a decent switched live from.
I had a heated seat error and ran the battery down last night so had to muck about jump starting the new-ish Yuasa battery today. Hopefully not killed permanently, I have it on a c-tek now conditioning back to health. I think I must have knocked the switch when I was getting out with shopping bags on the way back from the flexi welding which was done yesterday.

Where is a good switched live?
Preferably running along the LH side of the car or near the passenger door jamb fuse box. I didn't really want to use a piggyback fuse as the heated seats each have an inline fuse, but I can if that's the only reasonable option.
Dave K
2001 PFL Cape Green

Joesson

@idiotgap said:

Where is a good switched live?
Preferably running along the LH side of the car or near the passenger door jamb fuse box. I didn't really want to use a piggyback fuse as the heated seats each have an inline fuse, but I can if that's the only reasonable option.


You mention the passenger door jamb fuse box, that must be the preferred place to start with any new/ auxiliary wiring it must make your and any subsequent owner's diagnostic life easier.