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Re: Exhaust headpipe donut replacement: Advice wanted...

Paul_Royal@idx.com wrote:
> Great, I leave the list (still check the archives) and my car starts
> falling apart.  I've blown out (count 'em) three exhaust donuts at the
> spring loaded joint at the rear of the headpipe...anybody else have
> this problem...the replacements (I just found out) were aftermarket.   
> The donut blows after high RPM excursions...track time, etc.  Will the 
> OEM donut (sleeve) hold up or is there another solution?

Yes there is. It's a revised VW part with a steel chain molded into it.
P/n 171 253 147 G. I've had them on my 200 for 3 years now and I have 
already forgotten how unreliable the OEM Audi doughnuts are.
Unka Bart uses the same parts and seems to be quite happy with them also.

Igor Kessel
'89 200TQ - 18psi (TAP)
'98 A4TQ - on order
Philadelphia, PA