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My rear end needs something !

Whoa big fella I'm not that way! But I do have an 89 Esprit that needs some type of trim piece to cover the exhaust. Does anyone have an idea for me. From the back of the car you can see the exhaust hanging underneith the car with no type of skirt to cover it.

I was going to fabricate something using the same metal mesh that is used on the front end of the car with a frame.

Anyone with an Idea? From all the pictures I've seen and parts sites I've visited this year didn't have one. The car is so smooth looking but yet this nasty exhaust and pipes are exposed.
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I have a boot size 11 or 45 if you speak metric...topically applied to backside as needed
...and can reboot if you need more than one application.
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I have an 89 Esprit that needs some type of trim piece to cover the exhaust. Does anyone have an idea for me. From the back of the car you can see the exhaust hanging underneith the car with no type of skirt to cover it.
Polish the exhaust!

Our 88's OE exhaust is Stainless Steel (Not sure about the 89, which is different). It shines up really nice...NOT Nasty.


You could put a screen in, or just paint the exhaust black if you prefer. But IMO screens add aero drag. (Probably doesn't matter at street-legal speeds, but hey!)

The screen idea has plenty of options. Several types of screens (GutterGuard) are available at home stores such as Home Depot or Lowes, also from McMaster-Carr. Plastic, aluminum, whatever look you feel is the greatest. Fasten it with glue, fold the edges for reinforcement.

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i suggest 316L welded mesh.
Heavy gauges are stiff enough to form.
Looks good as it comes too.

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Polish the exhaust!

Our 88's OE exhaust is Stainless Steel (Not sure about the 89, which is different). It shines up really nice...NOT Nasty.


You could put a screen in, or just paint the exhaust black if you prefer. But IMO screens add aero drag. (Probably doesn't matter at street-legal speeds, but hey!)

The screen idea has plenty of options. Several types of screens (GutterGuard) are available at home stores such as Home Depot or Lowes, also from McMaster-Carr. Plastic, aluminum, whatever look you feel is the greatest. Fasten it with glue, fold the edges for reinforcement.
I tried several materials and ended up using a sheet of perforated stainless to create a skirt which looks ok. But I'm going to do this again but sculp the edges to dissappear behind the exhaust pipes. And as far as aero-drag I attached the skirt to the car with a hinge like bracket that allows the wind to move this up when I go past 100mph. Nice to have a wind tunnel at my dispossal. Thank you for your ideas Ran
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And as far as aero-drag I attached the skirt to the car with a hinge like bracket that allows the wind to move this up when I go past 100mph. Nice to have a wind tunnel at my dispossal.
HeeHee... a few days after my previous post, I visited the Yesteryear Motorsports folks at the vintage races at NJ Motorsports Park. What was on the rear opening, aft of the muffler, on the ex-factory X180R?

A SCREEN.




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