Well today was the day to sort this out.
Off to my mates garage (Fensport) nice and early. Tezz on ramp and ready to go...............
Jobs for the day.....
1, to remove blowing downpipe, repair/replace as required.
2, remove and replace drivers side lower ball joint.
Take off front pipe and remove all heatshielding to find all the weld joins blowing badly, this is a good result as these can be mended, but find one of the cats has fallen to bits so make the decision to remove both and replace with stainless tube.
Onto lower ball joint, nice and easy remove and refit using the great guide on here in the how to section
Finally everything back together and out for the test run. OMG the car sounds like a Civic Vetec, I have a blitz backbox and instead of a deep burble I have a high pitched shrill, sounds awesome @ redline but not to sure when just pootling about, maybe need a small mid box to slow things down a bit, will wait and see, but the pull of the car is soooooooo much better with the cats removed, they are such a huge restriction. I'm pretty pleased so far but time will tell.