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AlpinaB3S
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:59 pm    Post subject: Polished Exhaust Tips Reply with quote

As I am in the garage queen fraternity and have "winterised" my car (wish I hadn't some days) I thought I would think about removing the exhaust tips and getting them perfect. I dont think I can do that with them on the car.

I have two questions :

How easy is it to remove them and then put them back on?

Is there something people would recommend I use to polish out the light scratches or would I need to send them away and have them done properly
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you do, be extremely careful not to break the circlip type clamps. They are very difficult to source and get rusted to buggery. (You may be lucky if your car has been a garage queen it’s whole life).

Personally I would DIY as best I could with tips on the car.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks James

Certainly not a garage queen before I got it, although still very nice. I did clean them on the car when i got it and they are not really that bad TBH. I just wanted to get the small scratches out.

I could have another go with them on the car first and see how I get on.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are they chrome or stainless steel?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alfaian wrote:
Are they chrome or stainless steel?


I think they are chrome
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...following my recent engine rebuild I replaced the exhaust (Top gear mild) and worked my way through the exhaust system and manifold nuts and bolts replacing with marine grade stainless steel...on my 996 I had to cut off the trim tip nuts with a mini grinder...after which I had them polished on a machine...

The nuts were bastards to remove but not now so worth the hassle...
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Getting the tips off is most likely a doddle. Its securing them on the inner clips that are positioned infront of the external clip that holds the exhaust tip on. Depending on the type of exhaust tip you have, this will be easy or difficult. The Issue is getting the exhaust tip on with the circular ‘cut’ inner clip remaining in place as it either gets pushed back with the exhaust tip, or makes its way to the very inside edge of the tip. My last 911 exhaust tips were secured with a jubilee clip and after a gentle nudge from a speed bump, came flying off my car on a dual carriageway without (fortunately) hitting any of the cars behind me. I since purchased ones from Topgear that are simpler to install with the clamp as part of the tip housing.
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They look like stainless steel to me.

if so there's no point in taking them off. They'll be back to square one in no time. Buy a dremil and polish in situ.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Start with Brillo and finish with Solvol Autosol ... job done !
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't try and remove them unless you absolutely have to, the shims always break and sourcing new ones seems almost impossible.

I really like the Britemax products:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Britemax-Easy-Cut-with-Final-Shine-Metal-Polish-Sealant-Metal-Twins-118ml/163220803218

You can use them with something like this polishing cone attached to a drill. Just mask off the area around the tips first, so as not to damage your paintwork.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TonyC911 wrote:
Don't try and remove them unless you absolutely have to, the shims always break and sourcing new ones seems almost impossible.

I really like the Britemax products:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Britemax-Easy-Cut-with-Final-Shine-Metal-Polish-Sealant-Metal-Twins-118ml/163220803218

You can use them with something like this polishing cone attached to a drill. Just mask off the area around the tips first, so as not to damage your paintwork.


Great stuff Britemax Thumb I've had my tips off several times, the olive rings are stainless so they shouldn't rust, the main problem is that they can crack easily. The clamp bolts rust which is real pain, but once undone the trick is to free off the sleeve as it will be tight on the exhaust pipe, a good sized screwdriver to prise the tip sleeve open will do the job, makes removal much easier! lots of WD40 helps too Thumb
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great advice as always chaps thank you.

I think I will leave them in situ and go for the britemax option. The polishing cones look good too so I will get some of those as well.

thanks again
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