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I have a blow in the flexi now and the cost to replace it is quite expensive. They have a discount code at the minute so works out at £280 ish delivered.
 

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Proceed with caution. The advert says that the system cannot be guaranteed to pass an MOT emissions test ( ie they are not guaranteeing the efficacy of the sports cats ) and the manufacturer page on their website does not exist. That suggests that the product has a non traceable source ( ie it is from China ) . My advice is as follows: fitting is not a bad job, but accessing the nuts that secure the downpipes to the manifold is not trivial ( ie it takes some time and effort) , so you do not want to do the job more than once, nor do you want to struggle with pipes that do not align perfectly . The solution is to buy a set from Lucifer . They are well made, fit beautifully, come from a traceable source and stroll through an MOT . I would not buy my fresh fruit and veg from a supplier who's business address was Chernobyl, however tempting the price. Just my opinion in the end, and I do appreciate that cost is a driving force, but...............Lucifer is by far the best, most cost effective and secure solution .
 

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Andy, thanks for the reply. I take your points on board and appreciate the reply. I would love to buy from lucifer but its hard justifying it on a car worth about 5k. I would say I totally agree with you on all the above too.

I'm also thinking if I got this fitted, I would have the old downpipes welded with new flexis for when/if I needed it doing.

I won't be tackling this myself, it's going to be a garage.

I'm still not sure on what to do. Keep those replies coming
 

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Buy shit, buy twice imo. Those made in China cheapie have hassle written all over them. If you can't stretch or justify lucifer pipes I would get your originals welded with new flexis, there was a listing on ebay a while back for 250 quid, so can be done for reasonable price. Ask your local powerflow etc. Dealer.
 

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Ah.Not appreciated that you are getting the job done at a garage. You may well have got an estimate for the cost of the job, but with lambda disconnection and removal/ refit, offside wheel off, 6 corroded nuts to undo ( and hope that none of the studs shear) I reckon a garage will want 3 hours labour minimum ( it took me the best part of a day, but I did not have access to a lift) .I also take the point about the value of the car, but that depends a bit on whether you plan to keep it long term . I have spent way more on mine than it is worth, but have no intention of selling so less concerned about the strict financial profit/loss balance .If your o.e flexi pipes have sprung a leak, then the exhaust will have to come off for repair anyway , so I really can see the temptation of the Gravity system. My concern for you would be the cats. They may be fine but if they cannot pass an mot, you are less than 12months from more pain, unless you have sold the car in the meantime . Another thought here is whether you feel you have the energy and time to do the job yourself. You do not need special tools but would need a decent socket set, with extensions , Plus gas penetrating oil , trolley Jack, axle stands and a firm grasp of Anglo- Saxon expletives . Oh, and a bit of luck, but the job is not bad . If that was an option for you, the Lucifer system starts to look like a much better proposition for you .
 

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As Andy. you say you cant justify the cost of Lucifers ones on a 5k car... ask VW how much genuine ones are....

You will be annoyed when the Chinese ones fail an MOT and/or crack or fall off ,and you have guessed that will cost you even more money....

The other choice is ask a custom exhaust place to replace the flexi joints.
 

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Cheers guys. I've been to an exhaust specialist today. The guy was pretty honest. He said he'd done these on an s3? As they use the same fitment etc and he said it was a pita. He said cutting and welding in could be done but this would probably add another hour as you have to keep attaching them, tacking them in place to get the correct angle etc.

Even if I go with the stainless steel ones from ebay, I can always put some quality ones on at a later date. I don't mind spending money on the car (and a lot has already been spent), it's justifying it to the boss. I've had all the alloys refurbed, the wing and door skin replaced, a full service, a haldex refurb, haldex oil change, abs sensor replaced, wheel bearing replaced and front discs and pads done, all in the last 2 months. I currently have a hole in the old exhaust and a blow in the flexis.

I could have a go myself but I think it's a job for the garage. It's them 15 year old bolts!

I'll keep you updated.
 

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Right. So you have spent , err, a not insignificant sum on it already and all it can do by way of thanks and gratitude is to blow holes in its exhaust . If it is both the flexi pipes and a hole elsewhere, there is no really cheap option that I know of, unless you can find a second hand system that someone has removed because they are upgrading. I saw one on Facebook a few weeks ago, and I sold one last November , so they do pop up occasionally .
 

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R32 selling page on Facebook. Miltec downpipes and decat pipes for sale. Good Nick. £250. Not quite what you want but if your cats are good, connecting the Miltec flexi down pipes would not be too bad
 

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Nice one but I couldn't see them. I'm not sure on the second hand part for the downpipes as they're a pita to get off. Cat back isn't as bad.
 
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