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Audi A4 (B5) Test Pipe Install / write up

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Old 11-18-2009, 09:44 PM
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Lightbulb Audi A4 (B5) Test Pipe Install / write up

Ok, so i had the other thread but that was more for questions. This is about the actual install. I started this at about 3pm and it took 5.5 hours just to get it out, then I needed hardware (but home depot was closed by then) and another hour to get the test pipe in... More explanation with pix....


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Ok so... Old, ugly, inefficient, heavy, quiet cat. 3 screws at the top, 3 at the bottom... easy enough right? NOT...
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Nice, small, efficient, louder; straight pipe!
Used, but still nice
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Used some pb blaster, brake cleaner, and the hose to clean it out.
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Pulled the airbox to make more room to work. Took the o2 sensors out with a 22mm / 7/8 sensor wrench.

The bolts at the bottom ended up being so rusty that i had to pull out the heat shield that protects the bellows boot to make enough room to drop the exhaust enough to get the torch and a normal wrench in. The sockets just tore right through the bolts. It took prob 15 - 20 mins to get the top ones off. about 4 hours to get the bottom ones out.
I then had to wait till the next day to go to home depot to pick up new ones.

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Finally out. I could only buy gaskets for the turbo side. No auto store sells the down side gaskets. I carefully took the old gasket off. It was pretty cracked so i used some silicon to seal it off. This caused some smoking but it burned away shortly after.

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Finally got it all in. I put it on the turbo side first, it seemed easier to do it that way. Also, put one of the non-foulers (part no. 42009) in before putting it in.

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Got everything put back in. You dont need non-foulers on the topside o2 sensor. Had to dremel out the other non-fouler out to make room for the sensor, then screwed it all in.

All in all i probably spent 6-7 hours on this job over 2 days. It wouldn't have taken that long if it werent for the rust issues.
If you live in a non-salt area it should probably only take 2 hours max.

I LOVE the way it sounds, also has noticeable power gains. It gave it a much deeper sound and you can feel the boost hit harder around 3000 rpm. Smells lovely when you start it up in your garage too! Just make sure the door's open!

This will later be paired with a borla catback. But thats to come later!
Hope this helped anyone with questions about test pipes.
 
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:06 AM
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Looks good. Mine has this wierd bend in the pipe so the bolt closest to the manifold was nearly impossible. =( Took me a LOONNNNG time to get that thing finished.
 
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Old 11-19-2009, 08:05 AM
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Hooray for "off road use only" mods!!!
 
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:52 AM
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lol well... no emissions testing on ohio means its all free game!
 
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Old 11-19-2009, 08:27 PM
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Technically, it's federal law not to mess with any emissions control devise on the car, just because Ohio doesn't check, doesn't mean it's not "illegal."
 
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:43 PM
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I heard that you had to get a warning to put it back in first before they do anything about it. But if any of you are interested in my cat pm me and we can work out a deal. It seems to be in decent condition.
Or you can knock down the parts in yours and then keep another as backup for when you get tested lol
 
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:46 AM
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It's cool, man... I gutted my cat a few months ago (shortly after moving to a state without emissions). The buddy who helped me told me about the whole federal thing. Could just be blowing smoke up my *** for all I know...

I just hope I don't have to move back to a state with emissions testing any time soon...

Glad you like the results, thanks for the write up...
 
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:20 AM
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Originally Posted by codymack43 View Post
You cant use non-foulers on the topside o2 sensor.
fixed
 
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Old 11-22-2009, 02:29 PM
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Haha thanks for that!

but no prob on the write up. Figured i'm doing it anyways, why not help out.
 
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Old 11-22-2009, 02:34 PM
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Good write up! Any sound clip?

Mind if we put this under DIY section?
 

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