View Full Version : TR2/3/3A TR3A Exhaust Bracket

12-09-2009, 12:25 PM
Should the exhaust bracket that holds the exhaust system under the gearbox have rubber grommets or spacers where it bolts to the frame?
I noticed such a rubber spacer in the photobucket pics that Alwallace linked yesterday in his "opinions wanted" post.
I didn't see any when I took mine apart, but I can see where it might make sense to have them.

12-09-2009, 12:46 PM
Yup, should be nesting grommets there. But they don't hold up so well, so they are frequently missing.

12-09-2009, 04:08 PM
Thanks! Another bit of rubber to find.

12-09-2009, 06:25 PM
Available from moss or TRF, I forget where I got mine.


Don Elliott
12-09-2009, 07:38 PM
During my restoration from 1987 to 1990, I used a support that is sold for a TR4. No rubber needed.

12-09-2009, 09:54 PM
I used the TR4 solid piece too. Bolt on even on my early 3...very solid

12-10-2009, 06:46 PM
I gave up on the solid bracket on my TR4 and substituted a modern "generic" bracket with a molded rubber mount. This eliminated the resonance one normally feels at 2700-3000 rpm.

12-10-2009, 07:57 PM
<span style="font-size: 12pt">the early sidescreen cars had this setup which we did not use</span>

<span style="font-size: 12pt">Instead, we used this type of support which is much more effective and no grommets.</span>

12-11-2009, 01:00 AM
You can also find these grommets as hardware store items.

Against the grain of much of the commentary above: I don't see anything wrong with the TR3 bracket you're asking about. Things are certainly congested and hard to get at in that area, but this is pretty much a standard state of affairs for TR3s. And the TR3 bracket does provide spring tension at that point, which protects a bit against some mechanical rattles which can develop around that zone.

12-11-2009, 03:21 PM
Thanks everybody. This discussion gives me a much clearer idea of how the exhaust is suppoed to be supported.
This part of my car was a dark greasy place filled with road debris that I didn't want to visit, but I did and I found a broken tranny mount and a half disconnected exhaust hanger. I'm glad to get that all fixed.