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In the past I have taken the car to TSL where their friendly MOT station has always been able to "adjust" their testing equipment so that the exhaust passed the emissions test.
Told today that they can no longer do this as the MOT regs' /procedures have changed. (expletive).
Only option really is to have a Sports cat fitted and new downpipe to replace the HKS decat pipe. Cat will cost £395 inc vat from TSL plus fitting .... ouch. Does this seem a reasonable price ? and what are others now doing to pass new MOT ?
Wife is NOT happy- lunch likely to be given to dog (if we had one ) lots of comments about (expletive) car !!!!

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Borrowing a catted middle-section and getting it nice and hot should allow it to scrape through without the downpipe cat. Relatively easy to swap in and out for the day.

I've got one that was replaced by the Milltek, but I'm in Hampshire. Must be lots of people with such exhaust bits cluttering up their garage.
 

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Any UK classic catted mid section will go straight on Brian...

I would have thought a 'reputable' specialist would have one kicking about the workshop for just this scenario - I know Len does.... I know the extra distances are irritating, but I would expect both scoobyclinic (nth) and Xtreme (south) to be more accomodating.

TSL's reputation has waned since trouser left....


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The present mid-section has a cat in, always has had, but when I tried my local MOT place last year they could not get a passable reading !
TSL said that the mid one was not sufficient on it's own .
Perhaps some calls to other places might be in order.

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Are you *sure* - mine had a resonator , but no cat....


Xtreme have a drop in double cat 'guaranteed' to pass
 

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I have my entire original system sitting in garage, just in case! Catted down pipe, mid section with resonator and back box.

I am also going for MOT on Friday, (skoobytek) no one mentioned it being a problem, they just fit a mid cat and warm it up before testing

If you need it for the MOT you can borrow mine
 

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Thanks fellas, might be able to get something sorted ??????
All I can say about the mid section is what TSL told me 3/4yrs ago when they looked at it in-situ... it was a secondary cat.

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Brian

My understanding is as per Steve's and Nich's i.e. JDM S/tbs only ever had one cat, and that's the one in the downpipe. The box in the centre section is - or was - a resonator rather than a cat. Of course, your's may have replaced with a Euro catted centre section by a PO.

As others have said a properly warmed up catted centre section should be enough to get through an MOT.

But, if you do decide to go down the sports cat downpipe route have a look at www.scoobyworld.co.uk (Loughborough). From memory they're doing a 2.5" SS catted downpipe for £299.99 inc. VAT. Alternatively, www.rogerclarkmotorsport.co.uk (Leicester) do one for £325.

HTH

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My JDM 1998 S/TB also failed an emission test a couple of month's ago. My car was imported in March 2004, it's just covered 61,800 miles and is totaly standard, so bet I need a different exhaust fitting for the M.O.T in three weeks time then.
 

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Mr C said:
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My JDM 1998 S/TB also failed an emission test a couple of month's ago. My car was imported in March 2004, it's just covered 61,800 miles and is totaly standard, so bet I need a different exhaust fitting for the M.O.T in three weeks time then.
Could be down to a number of things inc. blow/leak in exhaust sytem somewhere (been there, done that ;)), dead or dying lambda/02 sensor (the reason mine failed last year) etc.

I'd have said unlikely to be the exhaust system per se, unless it's faulty.
 

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I think that it will make more sense in the longer term to go for the sports cat downpipe rather than having to mess about every year.
Don't know about the centre box being a cat or not now , but a minor detail is that the car is not the S/tb but the T/tb-a rarer beastie !
Any way, thanks for all the help and if you find a really competitive priced sports cat anywhere.... let me know.

Cheers

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"Hey, yo mikey! You got the MOTts?"...sorry couldn't help myself...old applesauce commercial from the states in the early 80s...good apple sauce though.
 

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Just a further query, the Scoobyworld cat looks OK ( not far from here, can collect) and I assume that an Impreza pipe will fit the Forester ? TSL said it would.

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Thank you for your info with regards to dead or dying lambda/02 sensor, this will answer the question to the engine check light that comes on under light throttle as I drive up the same hill every couple of days.

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Brian Lacey said:
Just a further query, the Scoobyworld cat looks OK ( not far from here, can collect) and I assume that an Impreza pipe will fit the Forester ? TSL said it would.

Brian
Classic impreza downpipe fitment is what you need...

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Mr C said:
...Thank you for your info with regards to dead or dying lambda/02 sensor, this will answer the question to the engine check light that comes on under light throttle as I drive up the same hill every couple of days.
Exactly the same symptons as I had initially. The so-called Subaru specialist (now defunct) I used at the time kept blaming the CEL on 'dodgy tanks of petrol' :roll: Was eventually correctly diagnosed (remotely from Scotland) for me by a certain John Banks on S'net.

From memory, a replacement sensor costs approx. £75. If you need the part no. just shout.
 

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The part number would be great, are they all the same or do I need one for a Japanese import only? Mine is a 1998 S/tb if that helps. Also do Subaru agents stock them or is it something that will have to be ordered from Japan?

Thank you once again.

Marcus.
 

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they're totally standard parts - your dealer will have them in stock , or if you have any problems , get it from Cheam Motors - they'll post no problems...


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If anyone need a "Friendly" MOT and wants to make a trip to Warrington pm me
But surely there are ones near everyone?
 

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Indeed , but they're under pressure to be less friendly than they used to be, and it will be more likely they will oblige if you have put decent business their way etc..

Steve
 
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