Low-pro­file F1 ex­haust

We re­place our Free­lander’s si­lencer with a com­pact per­for­mance unit

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LRO’S rally Free­lander gets a new sys­tem

The LRO Free­lander 1 has a hard life. Be­tween stints of be­ing used as a gen­eral runaround and wheeled stor­age con­tainer, it’s reg­u­larly thrashed to within an inch of its life in on- and off-road com­pe­ti­tion – and this treat­ment is tak­ing its toll on the un­der­side.

Its front sub­frame sports a pleas­ingly thick alu­minium bash plate that has warded off a huge num­ber of hits ca­pa­ble of man­gling a stan­dard un­der­tray and the del­i­cate oil sump hid­ing be­hind it.

The rear of the ve­hi­cle is much more vul­ner­a­ble and open to at­tack, and the rear ex­haust box is just ask­ing to be col­lected by a rock or tree stump… which is ex­actly what hap­pened on edi­tor Neil’s last out­ing, re­sult­ing in the 1.8 bark­ing like a drag­ster at higher revs. To be fair to him, it is quite cor­roded near the joiner any­way.

To re­duce the chances of this hap­pen­ing again, we’re bin­ning the bulky orig­i­nal si­lencer in favour of a sleek stain­less steel unit from Mud­dy­mods. Not only is it made from a stronger, more durable ma­te­rial than the OEM one, the uprated back box is also a much lower-pro­file de­sign, keep­ing it out of off-road­ing harm’s way. It gives the ex­haust a nice, deep bur­ble at idle and a sporty rasp when you give it some beans.

The rear si­lencer is a straight­for­ward re­place­ment and can eas­ily be done on the drive­way at home, but be sure to baste the joiner in pen­e­trat­ing oil ahead of time.

Thanks to Peter­bor­ough-based Avenger 4x4 (avenger4x4.com, 01733 266690) for let­ting us use its ramp for this job.

New box should bur­ble, not drone

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