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VroomVroom
02-11-2013, 02:20 PM
Hey Folks,

It's time to stop polluting AudiTumbo's thread ... http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php/523467-Exhaust-tips-3-quot-x4-quot-x4-5-quot-for-Q5

At the risk of posing, I've gone with some aftermarket tips for the exhaust on my '12 3.2 Q5. I did briefly consider an entire catback system, but two things worked against me. First, I didn't want to spend $2,400 for something that, no matter how I try to justify it, is largely ear and eye candy. Second, I have no complaints with the engineering (or sound) of the stock system. (In fact...getting to take a long look from the worm's POV, the stock system looks downright awesome.) That said, I do love the look of a nice set of exhaust tips, and even at 3" in diameter, those stock tips look a bit puny.

So began the search. I thought I was on to something when a google search yielded some Audizine results for Vibrant exhaust tips. Folks had great results hacking-and-welding on B7 A4's, so I figured the same on Q5 would be a no-brainer. I spent ~ $75 on two OEM-looking tips with 4" outlets. As soon as they arrived, I went to a local shop, where the owner informed me that they'd stick out beyond the bumper by more than 2". Not! Back to the drawing board. After too much time than I care to admit, I had to give up on the whole rolled-edge OEM look, unless I wanted to spend stupid money on a custom setup. In chatting with the one vendor who actually cared enough to respond to my "Contact Us!" message, I narrowed my search to Solo Performance. They offered to customize their rolled-tip offering, but it would still end up being too long for the 'tucked' look I was after. Instead, they suggested a different tip, their T027-02. The beveled/angle look reminded me of Corsa, and the fit looked like it'd be perfect. Bada boom. Here's a link...

http://solo-performance.com/exhaust-tips-short?tip=T027-02

FYI for anyone in the market, it turns out the inlet is just over 2.25", but that's okay - the stock tailpipe measures just over 2.25" as well. The outlet is a spot-on 4" diameter.

Fast forward $106 and one week (free UPS ground shipping from Buffalo, NY) later, and here's the goods:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8520/8465430035_9cd5e60cf7_c.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8110/8465430185_43c0f2127a_c.jpg

The good news: my local exhaust shop was happy to fit me in over lunch. The bad news: I haven't washed the Q in over a month. So, excuse the crummy cell phone pics of a very filthy Teuton. Here goes...

Stock, for reference:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8382/8465430609_a1bbf38a91_c.jpg

Looking up, here's the driver's side stock fitment:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8243/8466526602_6d670b1a19_c.jpg

Ever wonder what things look like without any tips?
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8237/8466526756_c114e005ba_c.jpg

^ That shot was the result of quite a bit of extra effort. The stock tailpipe ate the shop's sawzall for lunch. It also ate the neighboring shop's pneumatic grinder. So...they pulled the exhaust behind the cats, carried it over to their bench saw, and hacked away. Ze Germans don't mess around, apparently.

Here's a wink, with the driver's side tip tacked into place:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8382/8465431097_a487672926_c.jpg

Measure twice, weld once...all buttoned up:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8236/8466526994_3526b9bef7_c.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8530/8466527144_9bed57d0c0_c.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8513/8466527286_cba222ae10_c.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8110/8466527416_4958354862_c.jpg

Slightly different perspective, back at the office before lunch...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8091/8466527908_4f2c772805_c.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8390/8466528068_48b9194fb2_c.jpg

I'll get some better shots, hopefully this weekend, after an extensive detail effort.

The honeymoon just started, but I'm really happy with the look. Fairly aggressive, but not over the top. I was very, very pleased with both vendors - Solo Performance and San Bruno Muffler, here in NorCal. The former went above and beyond to make sure I was happy, and I think they offer a terrific looking product at a very fair price. The owner of the muffler shop (Dave) also went out of his way, and given all the extra work he had to do, I have no complaints whatsoever with the cost - especially since he applied extra effort with the alignment of the tips to appease my CDO. :)

Finally, full disclosure....if you're interested in the accounting.

$ 15.00 - Return shipping, for the first set of tips from Vibrant, via Amazon. ($75 purchase price refunded.)
$106.00 - Two T027-02 tips @ $53/ea, from Solo Performance, direct.
$120.00 - Installation, which would've been $50 if they didn't have to R&R the exhaust.
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$241.00 TOTAL. Minor woof. Admittedly, this is more than I wanted to spend for a strictly cosmetic mod, but I have smiled each time I walk behind the Q.

Bada boom. Back to your regularly scheduled programming.

BirdmanQ5
02-11-2013, 02:37 PM
*drool

I want those! I'm pretty sure my 2.0T tips can be removed by hand...yours were hacked off?

Best picture I have of my undercarriage

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/542720_2718248409844_81493291_n.jpg

Luis_Heineken
02-11-2013, 02:42 PM
good job

D_Frost
02-11-2013, 03:21 PM
Nice... Looks more aggressive :)

As for the 2.0T, the tips (smaller than 3.2) are unfinished and optional (slip-on) tips can be added. The 3.2 already has finished tips.

ThunderDent
02-11-2013, 03:23 PM
I scrapped my stock exhaust, but saved the tips (the only thing sellable from it). I was really surprised. It took all of 2 seconds to pull them off. Never knew it was that easy. Can't believe someone never took them.

At least my STaSIS tips are bolted on!

BirdmanQ5
02-11-2013, 08:21 PM
Nice... Looks more aggressive :)

As for the 2.0T, the tips (smaller than 3.2) are unfinished and optional (slip-on) tips can be added. The 3.2 already has finished tips.

Mine is S-line, I think the tips are finished but slip ons.

VroomVroom
02-11-2013, 09:20 PM
Yeah, they were definitely welded...nothing easy about the removal. I did keep the stock tips, and will get them cleaned up and polished this weekend.

snopyro
02-12-2013, 06:03 PM
Do the weld over the existing tips or do you cut off the existing tips and weld these new larger tips on? (Looks good btw...)

cheewy16
02-26-2013, 11:56 AM
do they stick out the same distance as the OEM tips? Nice looking!

VroomVroom
02-26-2013, 01:32 PM
Thanks! They actually tuck in a bit more than the OEM tips. This pic probably displays it best:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8110/8466527416_4958354862_c.jpg

I didn't express a strong preference, other than to make sure they didn't at all stick out past the valance.

Erwheezy
07-22-2013, 03:00 PM
looks good i was looking for something for my allroad, which shop in the bay area did you go to?

VroomVroom
07-22-2013, 05:06 PM
looks good i was looking for something for my allroad, which shop in the bay area did you go to?
San Bruno Muffler. Dave is the owner. Very nice fellow, terrific work, and reasonable prices.

daytona
07-26-2013, 08:12 AM
cool [cool]