Low-profile F1 exhaust
We replace our Freelander’s silencer with a compact performance unit
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