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Steve Brehm ,
Check the archives but I recently had my manifold machined flat ($30 cdn) and
brazed to cover the cracks ($20). The brazing should last and it won't
disintegrate like the weld repair will. The weld repair lasts good for a few
years so perhaps thats all you want.
The major work was getting off the manifold... since that identified how many
broken exhaust studs which led to the head removal which identified a head
crack between valves which led to a new rebuilt Audi head...
Anyway good luck... if you have no exhaust eaks now your studs are probably
86 5000 CD Quattro 307,000 km
(Nov 85 build)