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    Guys i need to cut through my exhaust, a nice clean straight cut. I need to do this while the system is on the car, I can remove it from the hangers to get better access but am looking for some tips and what tool you would use to get a nice clean cut without damaging the underside of the car.
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    Put a jubilee clip round the pipe and use it as a "straight edge" while cutting with a hacksaw. maybe but two on and cut between them? Then just spend a bit of time with a file to clean it up afterwards.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    I'd personally use a good hacksaw and take it slow. Try and mark the pipe all the way round so you have a guide, maybe with masking tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sig View Post
    Put a jubilee clip round the pipe and use it as a "straight edge" while cutting with a hacksaw. maybe but two on and cut between them? Then just spend a bit of time with a file to clean it up afterwards.
    Ooh, I like the jubilee clip idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mogsy007 View Post
    Ooh, I like the jubilee clip idea.
    Works a treat when cutting any sort of pipe etc
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    i guess it will be done with hacksaw but for the straight edge it will have to be tape i guess as I cannot get a clip around the pipe until it has been cut; unless it is possible to completely undo a jubilee clip and open it up to put around the pipe then fasten it again..
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    Most jubilee clips can be unwound so they come apart.

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    Yes it is possible to do that with most types.

    Or you could use a grinder with a cutting disc fitted....

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    thanks guys.. using a jubilee clip to get a nice straight cut is a great idea, the finished cut would not show as i will be expanding that section and inserting it into my new downpipe, i just do not like bodge jobs or untidy finishes
    My old Signum, the animal; she now rests in pieces in several other members cars.. https://www.vectra-c.com/forum/garag...vehicle&id=200
    The wifes vec show car, started as a standard daily driver and ended up like this. https://www.vectra-c.com/forum/garag...vehicle&id=709



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    What Ste said - grinder with a cutting disc and it will be done in a few second but hacksaw and guide a decent option too if you do not have a grinder..

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