Preaching to the Catalytic Converted

Dropped the car off at JP Exhausts in Macclesfield this morning to have catalytic converters (aka ‘Cats’) fitted. It was a good trip over to Macc & I spent a lot of time soaking up the exhaust note in case it changed after the cats were fitted. How sad is that! (At least I didn’t record it!… Although… I might have at some point.). It was nice to be greeted by the whole JP crew as I arrived (only because I was early – not sure I am getting the red carpet treatment) & the car was quickly ushered in & onto the ramp. I took a quick ‘Before’ picture of the Jetex 200 catalytic converter, pre polishing & fitting of cones as I’ve never seen one before (with apologies for the poor focus).


Kyle also spotted that the nearside exhaust was touching the sump guard bracket, potentially generating a rattle (which I hadn’t spotted due to all the other rattles… & the 105Db exhaust!) which he would try & sort out at the same time as the cats. Good man!

Having been told it was ‘an all day job’ I headed back over to JP a few minutes before 1700 to pick the car up. The cats were fitted & somehow or other Kyle had managed to keep them above the height of the sump guard, which he had lowered by a few millimeters with a washer to clear the exhaust. Polished up & with the cones fitted, they looked the business & should mean no more fretting about emissions at MOT time.




I finally followed up on the leaking fluid inside the rear nearside wheel, which appeared a few days after getting back from Le Mans. As I suspected, it was confirmed as the shock absorbers. Given this pair was fitted in 2008 & are nine years old, I considered replacing them with Gaz Golds or Bilsteins (if available) but needed the car on the road for the following weekend’s trip up to the Lakes. The local garage whipped both rears off Friday & sent them down to Protech who fitted new seals & sent them back for refitting Wednesday – not bad in four working days! Unfortunately the stiffness setting was not recorded before refit so the new settings are a pure guess at six turns. Hopefully I have the paperwork from TopCats who I think set the suspension up way back when (although no idea if it still applies).