Buying motor parts from abroad is easier than ever with the internet now being so widely used in some many countries. There are so many different product providers and different products you can get from abroad now some of the parts you can buy are;
- Brake pads
- Specialist clutches
- Engines for specialist cars
- Gear boxes
- Fuel systems
These are all made for specific car types so you need to make sure it is the correct part for your vehicle before purchasing the parts. Also to make it easier if you specify the exact measurements and internal requirements of the parts you want to buy and your vehicle there will be less confusion when it comes to ordering and dispatching your product. Many people buy items that they may not be able to find in this country and also it makes their car more individual, a popular part bought abroad is an exhaust as these are fairly easy to fit by your self, these following steps are all it takes to fit a new exhaust pipe on your car;Equipment
You will need – an Allen key set (metric), med Phillips screwdriver, WD40, 10mm-15mm spanners, jack, crowbar, 10mm-15mm sockets, wrench and an extension bar. You will also need some Vaseline.Process
- You will firstly need to jack up the car far enough to get underneath at the rear, this means you will also have to check the car is on level sturdy ground before jacking it up.
- Once the car is up you can remove the under tray, only the one part nearest the rear of the car. Then spray all the bolts around the catalyst and exhaust with WD40, remove the right hand side of the boot bag.
- Remove the catalyst by removing the15mm nuts. Then remove the two brackets at either end of the catalyst, both of these brackets are held on by the 15mm nuts.
- To remove the catalyst you need to pull the down pipe out of the way. This is where the crowbar is used, lever the pipe out of the way and the catalyst will come free easily.
- On the right hand side of the exhaust you will see a bracket that is bolted to the exhaust casing. Undo these bolts and remove the bracket carefully.
- Now look up on the left-hand side of the exhaust and you will see another bracket. This is welded onto the exhaust box this one is harder to remove than the first.
- Note where the bracket’s placing and go into the boot, you will see a three 10mm bolt heads. Once you have determined which the brackets are undo them. Make sure that someone is below supporting the exhaust while its bolts are unscrewed.
- Now the exhaust is free. Use a little force to fully remove it, it is an idea for someone else to guide the tail pipes through the body work.
- Loosely fit the right-hand bracket onto the exhaust box and rub some Vaseline on both the brackets. M
- On the car refit the left-hand bracket but make sure that the nuts are only on a couple of turns so the exhaust can move on the bracket.
- Now offer the exhaust up.
- Put the exhaust firstly through the bracket on the right, then through the left one. Again it is a good idea to get someone to feed the tailpipes through the bodywork.
- Replace the catalyst and tighten the 15mm nuts on the catalyst (move the down pipe again).
- Now tighten the bracket on the right hand side, you will need to do this in the boot again.
- Tighten the bracket on the left-hand side which bolts onto the exhaust casing.
- Go to the rear of the car and loosely fit the oval, make sure that it is level. Once level tighten the brackets on the tailpipes.
- Remove the ovals again.
- Using the sticky pads provided (see full directions in your pack) stick the retaining plate between the tailpipe ends.
- Fit the backing plate.
- Fit the ovals back and tighten the Allen bolts.
- Check that all nuts and bolts and very tight, so not to cause rattling when you turn the car on.
- Refit the under tray.
- Refit the boot.
It’s a very easy process so as you can see you can get parts in DIY kits from abroad that will either improve your cars performance or just make it individual to your tastes.