Strongest R53 exhaust clamps?

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    #1 Black White R53, May 7, 2021
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    Hi everyone,

    I've had to replace a few exhaust mounts over the years, my last day didn't last too long. I don't mind paying more for a set of mounts that is made with thicker or stronger metal so that I didn't have to replace it in a few years. Is OEM just plain the best by far? Has anyone else found some mounts that don't break? I've uploaded the points where the break keeps happening over the years, it has been about twenty years so far so I guess a few breaks is to be expected I just want to push out the next replacement as far as possible. Screenshot_20210507-133755_Chrome.jpg
     

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    I had my R53 about 10 years before I put an aftermarket exhaust on it. I never had a problem with the bracket. Maybe replace the exhaust with a nice sounding cat back, no more bracket problem.:D Although it will be a little more money.
     
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    I put an Alta Sportone (single-sided exhaust) on my first R53 and had all sorts of problems wearing out the stock rubber mounts that this bracket goes into. It just isn't made to support the unbalanced side-to-side swing. I would replace the rear rubber mounts once a year. I wound up adding some lateral support somehow... Something rigged together like 4-5 loops of duct tape, to help prevent side-to-side swinging. I never had an issue w/ the metal bracket.
     

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