Bart A. Lane
02-03-2000, 02:58 PM
<center><img src="http://www.isomedia.com/homes/bartlane/tips.jpg"></center><p>In my ongoing quest to pimp out and utterly destroy the perfect beauty and taste of Audi's best car I have installed polished, stainless steel tips on my exhaust. With a dark car you just can't see those old, discolored pipes sticking out the bumper cut-out. So I tack welded a couple of tips, cut to lenght, on the car.
I think the car looks much nicer from the rear now. What do you think? I can cut the too small welds easily and remove them with no damage. Leave them on or take them off?
The power they added to the acceleration is just incredible.
02-03-2000, 03:29 PM
>The power they added to the acceleration is just incredible.
As much as a good wash and wax?
They look very nice.
02-03-2000, 03:40 PM
Honestly, I must say I do not like them. They look exactly like the ones that are on my 1989 Accord. However, the single pipe on my Accord was factory installed. I think the stock tips, albeit discolored, look just fine. I think the ones you added attract undue attention. The stock pipes kind of "blend in" and aren't noticed. When I was shopping for an A6, I really did not like the fact that the dual exhaust pipes were concealed. I was used to Japanese cars and their exposed chrome pipes (Lexuses, Acuras, etc.) However, on this car (the A6) it would spoil the rear of the car. (With the exception of the S6.) Back to your car. Take them off. You will thank me later.
02-03-2000, 05:53 PM
I think they look really nice. If I could afford an A8 I would do the same thing.
02-04-2000, 05:06 AM
One quick question though... Aren't exhaust tips just for aesthetics, and do nothing to improve the accleration of the car??? Wasn't sure what you meant by the increased power...Maybe you are referring to a chip or something??
02-04-2000, 05:35 AM
Nice touch but I think brushed aluminum would be more in character with the car. They would most likly be higher maintenance though unless you could find a way to seal them.
Bart A. Lane
02-04-2000, 07:33 AM
It would look nice but there are several reasons why it can't be done.
You can't weld aluminum to steel.
Aluminum and exhaust gasses do not mix. It would look terrible very quickly.
I don't think aluminum exhaust parts exist, at least not that I've ever seen.
02-04-2000, 02:36 PM
Your right on all three counts. I guess you could go to brushed stainless, get the same effect and loose all the negatives but the weight of the steel vs. the aluminum may affect your performance :)