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Gentlemen & Josh:

One simple 2nd gen LX question. Has anybody else had trouble locating the CORRECT two bolt exhaust gasket to be used between the flanges of the outlet pipe (downstream of the cat) and the flex pipe?

I've gone to three different parts places and clearly they've all got the wrong info. The gasket they provide is not the right size. I've had to try to make over-size and under-size ones work, and they invariably end up failing prematurely.

Ultimately, I'm gonna go to Ford to get the part, but this just seems ridiculous.

Anybody else run into this?
 

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i would just try to get the right sizes and then go to a parts place and ask them if they will let you pick through all of there gaskets, most auto places will either let you behind the counter (if they know you) or bring up several boxes for you to look through while the go help some other customers if they are busy...I use to work in auto parts and you'd be surprised how often this happens...just get measurements of the flange and try to find something close...i do remember finding one or several that woudl work for that matter...

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being that he put your name where "ladies" is usually placed......

what happens if we dont have that gasket on?? i ask since i currently dont have a complete exhaust but i want to get it fixed. will the leak be big??
 

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Yeah, the boys at the local parts places aren't exactly wiz-kids. The only problem is ensuring the bolt location/pattern is the same.

I think I'm just gonna help myself behind the counter. Of course I threw the original out long ago, so I can't part match exactly. I just wondered if anybody else had stumbled across this.

Josh:

You're a lean, mean, ho-punishing porn star. By definition, you can't be a gentleman.

Valleyboy:

You need that gasket for sure.
 

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Make your own paper gasket. Even though it's paper, they last pretty well in exhaust applications. I know there is stuff out there that is harder than paper, more like a composite but I can't remember the name of the stuff. It will work well on exhaust components as well. I *think* there is also an RTV silicone available that is suitable for exhaust work as well.

Matt 8)
 

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Me too!

Hah, I just had this same problem. Canadian tire lists the part as "gasket downpipe to midpipe" or something like that, suggesting the right part, but it's far too big. Turns out it's the gasket for between the manifold and the cat/downpipe.

I'm running without a gasket now (torqued hard) and it's not noticibly leaking, but I could be just lucky.
 

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I've tried RTV - works for a while but then the constant vibration eventually allows the exhaust to blow through.

My flanges are warped enough that I need a thicker gasket than paper. I'd say if I pressed the two flange faces together, there's 1-1.5 mm gap at the points furthest from the two flange bolts. The exhaust gaskets are nice and thick; I just haven't found the correct size and pattern yet. There's bound to be one out there (like Anomalous suggests), but somehow the aftermarket places seem to have the incorrect piping diameter.
 

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I was waiting for that.

I'm the cheapest prick you've ever seen and pride myself on the fact that my Escort produces nowhere near the 88 bhp it was designed to.

No mods allowed. When it comes to fixing this thing, I like to McGyver (spelling?) it. Shoulda tried some dog hair and pine gum.
 

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I say scew it. I'm ditching mine all togather, hopefully this summer. I'll put a 1g header on and a converter underneith, then a big cherry bomb resinator... I won't have room for the stupid flex joint and the flange.

I actually might need some kind of a flange or flex. The old escorts had those spring loaded flanges i think that could flex a little.
 

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so that is what those springs that i had in my toolbox were for.

what about cardboard coated with that rtv??

but then again there is a local shop that sales everything engine related, they may have those gaskets.

but yeah i guess i will jump taht bridge when i get there, still dont have the $5 that it would take to weld that pipe
 

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Get some of that fire place silicon stuff... works up to like 1500 or something... put on as much as you need and then just squish it together! It'll seal it all up! It's a pain to get off of your hands when it dries though.
 
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