Hi thanks for the reply, I will only be doing a couple of 100 miles to work and back over a week or so, giving me time to prep and paint the original exhaust. By the way the sensor would have been zip tied to something solid.
I'm not a fan of putting an aftermarket exhaust on my wing but it would have kept me mobile.
I will put the original back on and spray it etc later on in the year when I have some time off work as I want to do some miles whilst the weather is good.
Last thing I want to do is damage the internals of the engine as I want to keep her running sweet.