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Old 05-07-2014, 11:10 PM   #1
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Default Invidia Exhaust Quality Issues?

I just received my new Invidia Q300 catback yesterday, and have a few quality concerns. The quality of the components and piping themselves seem perfectly acceptable, but to be blunt, I'm rather appalled by the quality of some of the welds.

The welds on all of the flanges are beautiful, robotic TIG welds. The welds on the resonator and flex pipe, however, look like they may have been done by an intoxicated ape. Ok, perhaps that's a bit of a stretch, but these welds are uneven, inconsistent and there is even one particularly bad spot where the welder clearly burnt through the piping on their first pass and then tacked the hole back up. These poor welds also all appear to be MIG welds, which due to the shielding gasses normally used, can cause a decrease in the corrosion resistance of the stainless steel.

Just wondering if anyone else has seen these types of quality issues from Invidia products? I may be more biased than some, as I work in a welding shop, but I feel like for the price of these products they should at least have decent quality welds. I would like to get an idea of whether or not this is a common issue as I've yet to buy the downpipe to go with the catback, and if this is the quality I can expect Invidia may no longer be a smart bet?

I've sent off an email to Invidia in regards to this, and although there were a couple bounced back mail delivery failure messages, I think they still went through to some recipients. I will update this if/when I hear back from them as well.

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Old 05-07-2014, 11:19 PM   #2
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wow the 1st and 3rd do look horendous. i would call invidia and tell them maybe then can compensate you or something especially if your in a winter area and they use salt those welds are gonna be blowing holes through em shortly i helped a friend of mine but a invidia exhaust similar to that on his 2011 that was used and it looked better and so does mine on my 05. jees sorry to here man!
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:27 PM   #3
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Where did you order it from? And how much was it?
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:11 AM   #4
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Invidia is getting bigger. Less QA. I will never buy another invidia after 600 spent for an ok fitting catback lol. My 150 dollar srs fit better.....
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Old 05-08-2014, 06:55 AM   #5
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Instead of making a thread, I would call Invidia and/or your vendor with concerns.
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Old 05-08-2014, 09:30 AM   #6
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HinshawWRX;
Yes, sending an email to Invidia was my first step. Obviously I will call if I don't hear back but email is usually most efficient since I live in a different country and time zone. I was mostly trying to get an idea whether or not this is common before ordering one of their downpipes.

It's also the reason this isn't in the review section. I understand that mistakes can happen and if they aren't a regular occurrence it will not deter me from the company itself.
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:59 PM   #7
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I have an INVIDIA catted down pipe in which the welds cracked all the way around the catalytic. Pipe is only 3 years old. I had to get it re-welded by a shop.
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