Newbie from South Wales

Saying Hello, looking forward to support and mainly advise about keeping my 58 plate 197 on the road, she's a gem to drive, clear of all the usual issues, synchro is excellent, lowish miles at 80k with full service history. But!! Exhaust manifold is the only issue, but I knew when I purchased the car, was only fluffing, now has gone completely in 2 days.
Is it worth having the flexies replaced or renew with a Toyo Manifold, what is your opinion?
 

joehodges154

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Welcome mate, enjoy the car.

My manifold was blowing so I opted for the toyo and powerflex mounts to avoid it cracking/flexis blowing again. £180 for manifold, £50 for upper torque mount and lower engine mount and £300 labour, job done.
 
Thanks for the welcome guys, still deciding which option to take! I know a good welder, so thinking of new flexies, ordered new lower poly bush mounting bushes already! Do I need any others?
 

burrellbloke

Paid Member
You could do the upper torque mount, lower torque, gear box and upper engine mount - that would cover the engine bay bushes. It creates a bit of vibration whilst the bushes settle in but can give you a more "connected" feel when driving.
 
That sounds simple enough, but i don't want a track focussed Clio, more of a quick nimble shopping cart for the other half! Will the lower mounting suffice to prevent any further flexi issues, or do I need to look at top mountings as well? looking for advise here! For the seat of the pants driving, I have an SLK55 for that!
 

Sean197

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That sounds simple enough, but i don't want a track focussed Clio, more of a quick nimble shopping cart for the other half! Will the lower mounting suffice to prevent any further flexi issues, or do I need to look at top mountings as well? looking for advise here! For the seat of the pants driving, I have an SLK55 for that!
Lower mount and upper torque mount will be fine then.
 

Dannycowley

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Not sure where in South Wales you are but Longlife in Caerphilly will do new flexes in situ, it’s an absolute pig of a job taking manifold off
 
Thank you guys, interesting about Longlife, I’ve heard of them, and only 25mins away from Caerphilly, will give them a call!
Appreciate the welcome
 
Update on Clio, well...what a palaver, exhaust came down with a cracked manifold, front subframe totally eaten with rust, to the point it wouldn't have gone back up in one piece, how this car passed an MOT was beyond me! But now have Toyo manifold, new subframe, new poly bushes top and bottom mounts. Sounds awful, to the point I will replace the central box, and remove the pipe delete. The vibration or buzz, will that improve when the Poly bushes have settled in, please say yes!!
The extra positive point, if anyone requires a Manifold replacement in South Wales, I have the perfect man! great job at a great price.
 

Addison

Paid Member
Update on Clio, well...what a palaver, exhaust came down with a cracked manifold, front subframe totally eaten with rust, to the point it wouldn't have gone back up in one piece, how this car passed an MOT was beyond me! But now have Toyo manifold, new subframe, new poly bushes top and bottom mounts. Sounds awful, to the point I will replace the central box, and remove the pipe delete. The vibration or buzz, will that improve when the Poly bushes have settled in, please say yes!!
The extra positive point, if anyone requires a Manifold replacement in South Wales, I have the perfect man! great job at a great price.
Not the greatest of news, at least it's all sorted now mate! As for the poly bushes, yes they will settle in after a few hundred miles. You will still have a fair bit of vibration though.
 

burrellbloke

Paid Member
The PowerFlex bushes will soften up, but they stay reasonably stiff. It should help the engine stay put and may stop any more manifold issues.
 
Dannycowley, I had a friend who runs an MX5 specialist garage in Barry, South Wales, but he does diversify when needed, my fault, but he had to dismantle everything, and then put it all back together as the Manifold had to be ordered when he realised the cracks were beyond welding! and he needed the ramp. So it was all dismantled again, I also had a new front chassis fitted, as it had dissolved with rust! fitted Poly Bushes, serviced the car and gave it back to me all good, apart from the current sound it makes, pops on overrun as well, not keen on that (I am nearly 60!!), so having the centre box replaced, as its been removed by the previous owner.

I guess a few journeys to soften the bushes required, maybe a few Brecon trips over the mountains called for, and an Anglesey track day possibly!

Thanks for all your support and advice guys, very much appreciated!
 
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R27WTF

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Hi where are you based? Check out supreme motorsport we are based just off the m4 in Ammanford.


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