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    Happy New Years everyone. Does anyone here know if our exhaust tips are removable or if they are welded on? I want to remove them so it would be easier to paint them matte black!


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    Quote Originally Posted by biador619 View Post
    Happy New Years everyone. Does anyone here know if our exhaust tips are removable or if they are welded on? I want to remove them so it would be easier to paint them matte black!


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    NVM. It looks like weld marks on the inside of the exhaust. So... I just carefully masked off the area around the exhaust tips and painted them without removing them.


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    Thats what I did. Hopefully you scuffed them up and primered them first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arrivalanche View Post
    Thats what I did. Hopefully you scuffed them up and primered them first.
    Always the proper way!


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    These photos will help you understand how a company like Audi can be so absolutely dumb and stupid. The exhaust shop I used, who replaced the section using a laser, fed into a CAD, then downloaded into a computerised mandrel bender (not your average shop!!). They did not want to heat up & break the welds (NB: top & underside) for fear of damaging the valve, then have to find a replacement. S3 tips are removable. S4 exhuast systems come from their supplier 100% finished, ready to just connect up.
    As you can see, one tip of ours was already showing wear signs (there only cheap chrome steel on a s/steel light guage system. Many S4 owners in UK are having corrosion problems with them. Of course, Audi UK will not accept liability.
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    Registered Member Four Rings Jimmy ny's Avatar
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    Stock tips are prone to damage. The car runs to rich from the factory. The tips are always black. I recently got 0000 steel wool. Thatís really fine. I use it on the bottom of each tip. It helped remove slot but not all damage. I used a metal polish over it.


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    Established Member Three Rings Yabi's Avatar
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    I use Borla 21461 Exhaust Cleaner and Polish to clean up the tips, works perfectly each time. Removes the grit and keeps them shining like new.

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    I'll have to give that a try. I've used wheel cleaner during basic washes, and P21S polishing soap every few washes. Mine took a beating last winter and I've got some pitting on the bottom front of each tip. If they were easily removable, I would have already replaced them.

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    Registered Member Four Rings Jimmy ny's Avatar
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    Same here. Try the 0000 steal wool.


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    Collinite 850 Liquid Metal Wax Polish

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    Registered Member Four Rings Jimmy ny's Avatar
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    Yes. Thatís the polish I used. The tips are still pitted and ruined. But they are shiny. Bad design by Audi.


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    So is there a way to get the tips off without damaging the valves? I have a set of AWE Black tips that I want to install - didn't realize these were welded on (should have checked before ordering the AWE ones!).

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    Not that i know of..when i had my custom exhaust done, the shop removed the whole valve and tip. They welded the valve and new tip together, then reconnected it all back to the muffler. This only has be done on one tip, the rest are replacements but need to be welded back on.. Make sure you use a good shop as they need to make sure it's perfect because there is no adjusting afterwards..



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