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Hi All,

In hindsight maybe wasn't my best decision, but wanted to upgrade my exhaust from 1 to 2 pipes following MOT.

Went to an 'Alfa Specialist' who was fairly local and had done the service and seemed ok. With the exhaust job he apparently had some issues with the supplier and eventually got 2 matching exhausts.

I'm not 100% happy as the positioning of the chrome trim doesn't match, but I've lost patience with the guy as eventually was getting fobbed off with a couple of other jobs that he said he'd do and didn't. Also a bit shoddy with the exhaust itself as different hangers had been used in either side, so they're not level.

Although local was still around a 40 minute drive with traffic and couldn't put work or the family out any more, so want to avoid taking it back if possible. (Not open weekends)

Pictures attached comparing left and right. Any ideas what I can do to improve the look? Maybe paint the inside of the cone with heat resistant paint to make the difference less noticeable?
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Blimey...an Alfa Specialist eh? I really wouldn’t be happy with that shoddy effort. Does he admit it isn’t right?


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Got to be honest I would not be happy with that and certainly wouldn’t have parted with any money until a proper job was done. It’s not even close to looking the same as other side. Not sure if it’s just the picture but the bumper cut looks shoddy aswell.
I think you need to find an exhaust specialist and see if they can sort the pipe out,and then try and get a matching bumper finish trim.

has the specialist offered you any money back or said they will sort it?
 

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Blimey...an Alfa Specialist eh? I really wouldn’t be happy with that shoddy effort. Does he admit it isn’t right?


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Yes apparently. I had high hopes as had seen videos posted of their work and had good google reviews.

He's responded saying OK have a look online what I want and order them in to the garage. Or buy a chrome tip to go over them.

Personally I don't really want to go back there so might go with an option i can do myself or much more locally, and maybe see if I can find some tips to cover them, with a rolled edge hopefully.
 

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He has just taken out the blanking plate..but not installed the trim piece that is required....although they are difficult to obtain. He could have made the trim out of the bit he removed..like I did. Very amateur. Not only are they not the same height, they don't stick or far enough to my eye....especially the right one. I'd want my money back so I could get it done properly elsewhere.
 

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He has just taken out the blanking plate..but not installed the trim piece that is required....although they are difficult to obtain. He could have made the trim out of the bit he removed..like I did. Very amateur. Not only are they not the same height, they don't stick or far enough to my eye....especially the right one. I'd want my money back so I could get it done properly elsewhere.
I kept the trim plate so will attempt to do the same myself. Any tips?

Anyway i have a plan now. I've found more genuine looking back boxes brand new on ebay. Will order those, have them put on by someone else, and then take this rubbish back for a refund. In fairness he's agreed to that as long as it's still as new. Which it will be as I'm not using the car until the tyres are sorted.
 

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I kept the trim plate so will attempt to do the same myself. Any tips?

Anyway i have a plan now. I've found more genuine looking back boxes brand new on ebay. Will order those, have them put on by someone else, and then take this rubbish back for a refund. In fairness he's agreed to that as long as it's still as new. Which it will be as I'm not using the car until the tyres are sorted.
On further investigation the exhaust i found on ebay, here:


...are from the same supplier as the current rubbish

Different company name but same address and VAT number.
 

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Update - ordered a 2nd hand pair from autolusso on eBay.

Lesson learned.

Next little project is fashioning some trim for the the driver side opening
 

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On further investigation the exhaust i found on ebay, here:


...are from the same supplier as the current rubbish

Different company name but same address and VAT number.
Those look like the ones you have fitted. I've used them before, they are OK, perhaps not as tidily built as the originals.

What centre section are you using? Lining up these exhausts is difficult, I actually use a spirit level on the centre section to make sure that is sitting correct first, and then try and line up the backboxes individually, as they move through an arc on the ends of the centre section.
 

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Those look like the ones you have fitted. I've used them before, they are OK, perhaps not as tidily built as the originals.

What centre section are you using? Lining up these exhausts is difficult, I actually use a spirit level on the centre section to make sure that is sitting correct first, and then try and line up the backboxes individually, as they move through an arc on the ends of the centre section.
Yeh I did spot that they are the same so bought some used genuine ones to put on instead.

The centre pipe, I'm not sure, but was from the same supplier to fit a standard 2.4

I've also bought the proper hangers for the driver side as for some reason they used longer ones so the box hangs lower. Must have been what was lying around.

I shouldn't really have taken the car back but really needed it.
 
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