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Old 01-15-2013, 04:45 PM   #1
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Unsure if this is something done at all dealerships, or if it is dealer specific. I bought my car from Subaru of Keene, NH and they do this.

It is coming up, next Thursday the 24th and this guy plans to drop some cash. 15% off accessories I buy while there and free dealer install on any part.

So I am looking for suggestions on specific items, obviously has to be SPT, so even more than that I guess I am wondering on the quality of SPT and if it will be worth it. Free installation and 15% off is pretty hard to pass up.

So it sounds like the free install is on a part by part basis, apparently some are and some are not. I guess the found it to be pretty costly haha imagine that.

I created a spreadsheet and put it up on google docs so you can see the list or stuff I am considering. I will be sending this to the dealer to get quoted prices and to find out about the installation.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bxj_...I2aHBfVkU/edit

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SPT Exhaust
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OEM short shifter is nice. it shortens the throw by about an inch or two. i dunno about the height, i think maybe drops it down an inch? unsure. I got their shift knob too that retails i think for $125: http://www.streettuned.com.au/images...%20Leather.jpg

makes a nice difference between the cheapo stock knob.

I've read nothing but awesomeness regarding the SPT exhaust. I was going to bite the bullet and pick one up but the thing that kills me every time is the awkward flange from intermediate pipe to catback. it lowers the groundclearance. I ended up getting a used Maddad Whisper exhaust. You'll appreciate the quietness at idle and the throatiness when opened. i've read many users after getting a loud exhaust eventually going to a quieter one. With free installation that is awesome. my dealership quoted 150 dollars to install i said 'f that!' and installed the exhaust myself. If you are up to installing exhausts on your own, you can find the SPT online for 25% off. (you still have to pay shipping).

are you driving a hatch? cargo tray!

if they're doing free installation, buy the SPT heatshield. it made a huge difference in TMIC heat soak for me. I hated installing that thing. I had an easier time with unlubed exhaust hangers than installing that damn shield.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:00 PM   #3
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4) Vortex generator, $79 with the 15% discount.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:02 PM   #4
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OEM short shifter is nice. it shortens the throw by about an inch or two. i dunno about the height, i think maybe drops it down an inch? unsure. I got their shift knob too that retails i think for $125: http://www.streettuned.com.au/images...%20Leather.jpg

makes a nice difference between the cheapo stock knob.

I've read nothing but awesomeness regarding the SPT exhaust. I was going to bite the bullet and pick one up but the thing that kills me every time is the awkward flange from intermediate pipe to catback. it lowers the groundclearance. I ended up getting a used Maddad Whisper exhaust. You'll appreciate the quietness at idle and the throatiness when opened. i've read many users after getting a loud exhaust eventually going to a quieter one. With free installation that is awesome. my dealership quoted 150 dollars to install i said 'f that!' and installed the exhaust myself. If you are up to installing exhausts on your own, you can find the SPT online for 25% off. (you still have to pay shipping).

are you driving a hatch? cargo tray!

if they're doing free installation, buy the SPT heatshield. it made a huge difference in TMIC heat soak for me. I hated installing that thing. I had an easier time with unlubed exhaust hangers than installing that damn shield.
It is a sedan, that is a great idea about the heatsheild though. Never would have thought of that.

If the install and 15% hold true for the SPT I think I will pull the trigger. Did not know about the ground clearance thing though. That is something to consider for sure.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:44 PM   #5
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Yeah but i like the look, doesn't do a damn thing I'm sure.

Anyone have or heard a good exhaust fly by from the SPT? I am searching youtube, but they all seem to be in the car or a camera attached to the car.

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It is a sedan, that is a great idea about the heatsheild though. Never would have thought of that.

If the install and 15% hold true for the SPT I think I will pull the trigger. Did not know about the ground clearance thing though. That is something to consider for sure.
hmmm, i dunno about the flange on the sedan. its very noticeable on the hatch:

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15% off plus free install is a good price. My dealer is also having a new owner appreciation meet coming up in march. I wonder if they'll have the same discount and stuff. I'm going to pick up the all weather floor mats and the heatshield if they do. May be one of those CF key chain, SPT battery tie doe, and the gas cap. (Going for a Tuned by SPT look)
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:36 AM   #8
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hmmm, i dunno about the flange on the sedan. its very noticeable on the hatch:

Anyone have a shot like this from another brand of exhaust for comparison? Is it just the angle of the flange or is it the location as well? Neither of which look that good from here...

Are other brands in the same location just at a differet angle?
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15% off plus free install is a good price. My dealer is also having a new owner appreciation meet coming up in march. I wonder if they'll have the same discount and stuff. I'm going to pick up the all weather floor mats and the heatshield if they do. May be one of those CF key chain, SPT battery tie doe, and the gas cap. (Going for a Tuned by SPT look)
That is kind of what I was going for, an SPT tune look if you will. I am sure I will be picking up some stuff like the tie down and gas cap, just dress up. I heard the vortex generator is at least 200 exta whp, so obviously worth it.

I am really interested to see if the guy is right about the installation. I want that shiz in writing haha

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This kind of thing is YMMV so it might not apply to me or you. I hope they do give some sort of discount though. They gave me a 10% discount when I bought the Cargo tray for my hatch. And I don't want to make my car looks like an Evo so no vortex generator. I can't have it anyway since mine is a hatch.
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This kind of thing is YMMV so it might not apply to me or you. I hope they do give some sort of discount though. They gave me a 10% discount when I bought the Cargo tray for my hatch. And I don't want to make my car looks like an Evo so no vortex generator. I can't have it anyway since mine is a hatch.
I thought more of an older STI throw back than looks like an EVO, IMO.

You think the exhaust results may vary for the flange location?

The 15% is legit, some might even be more. The install in the question, right now I have the parts guy telling me free install, the salesman (friend of mine) saying that the owners decided they lose too much money giving away free install on everything, so it is just select items now.

I asked the parts guy to verify on a part by part basis.
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No on the exhaust question. It'll show the flange on the hatch. I don't know about the sedan. The sedan exhaust is a bit different. Free install would be nice for the STS + bushings, and the boost gauge. Defintely push to get free install on those. They are a PITA to diy. The exhaust is easy to install, just some bolts.

PS: After looking at some picture of the Sedan version for the SPT exhaust. It looks like you won't have that flange like the Hatch. So SPT away!! Lol
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Free install? I'd have them order some forged pistons. Free install and 15% off FTW!!!
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Free install? I'd have them order some forged pistons. Free install and 15% off FTW!!!
hmmmm that would be good too. But I doubt they'll give you free install on the pistons haha. I'll do it in a heartbeat even without the 15% off lol.
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Free install? I'd have them order some forged pistons. Free install and 15% off FTW!!!
That would be pretty epic, I don't think SPT has a set of forged pistons though...their website is weak sauce.

http://www.subaru.com/enthusiasts/pe...nce-parts.html

Only goes to model year 2011 and shows no picutres and no good despcriptions.
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No on the exhaust question. It'll show the flange on the hatch. I don't know about the sedan. The sedan exhaust is a bit different. Free install would be nice for the STS + bushings, and the boost gauge. Defintely push to get free install on those. They are a PITA to diy. The exhaust is easy to install, just some bolts.

PS: After looking at some picture of the Sedan version for the SPT exhaust. It looks like you won't have that flange like the Hatch. So SPT away!! Lol
I wish there were some better SPT exhaust videos on Youtube. Some sound great, some sound like total crap. I wish I knew someone with one local.
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I wish there were some better SPT exhaust videos on Youtube. Some sound great, some sound like total crap. I wish I knew someone with one local.
I wouldn't get it. Even at 15% and free install I feel it is overpriced for what it is. Lots of better options out there.
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I wouldn't get it. Even at 15% and free install I feel it is overpriced for what it is. Lots of better options out there.
What is better and why? More noise does not always mean better.

I was a little surprised it was only 2.5", figured it would be 3", stock must be 2".

The Q300 is too loud, I don't want something like that. If you say the exhaust is $1,200 I am saving about $180 on the exhaust itself and the free install should save another $100-$150. So what makes that ~$300 savings not worth it?
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I wish there were some better SPT exhaust videos on Youtube. Some sound great, some sound like total crap. I wish I knew someone with one local.
Yea it sounds much different in person than any of the videos I look at before I got my car. Personally I really like the SPT Exhaust. It gives a nice quite rumble when idle and enough of a roar when accelerating. The warmer the car get the better the exhaust will sound. I got the SPT exhaust for $888 (dealer invoice) + Free install when I ordered the car =) so it was a MUCH better deal for me. The Invidia Q300 is about $1000 after shipping brand new.
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Yea it sounds much different in person than any of the videos I look at before I got my car. Personally I really like the SPT Exhaust. It gives a nice quite rumble when idle and enough of a roar when accelerating. The warmer the car get the better the exhaust will sound. I got the SPT exhaust for $888 (dealer invoice) + Free install when I ordered the car =) so it was a MUCH better deal for me.
That is a great deal, the way the sound has been described to me is what I am looking for. I have a few concerns about it not being loud enough to make me happy, but I don't want drone and obnoxious noise either. I would rather have it a little quiter than I like than it be stupid loud.
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That is a great deal, the way the sound has been described to me is what I am looking for. I have a few concerns about it not being loud enough to make me happy, but I don't want drone and obnoxious noise either. I would rather have it a little quiter than I like than it be stupid loud.
The SPT exhaust is louder on the Sedan btw. A salesman at the dealer I bought my car from had a 11 sedan wrx with SPT exhaust and he lets me listen to it while I was debating on the exhaust. I don't think you will be disappointed with the SPT exhaust.
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What is better and why? More noise does not always mean better.

I was a little surprised it was only 2.5", figured it would be 3", stock must be 2".

The Q300 is too loud, I don't want something like that. If you say the exhaust is $1,200 I am saving about $180 on the exhaust itself and the free install should save another $100-$150. So what makes that ~$300 savings not worth it?
I found the SPT exhaust in the 2012 sedan I test drove to be really subtle. If that's what you're going for, then great I suppose. But even spending $800+ on something that gives you a marginally better sound doesn't really seem worth it.

Best of both worlds in my opinion is the cobb cbe. Stays quiet for regular driving but really opens up when you get on it.
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What is better and why? More noise does not always mean better.

I was a little surprised it was only 2.5", figured it would be 3", stock must be 2".

The Q300 is too loud, I don't want something like that. If you say the exhaust is $1,200 I am saving about $180 on the exhaust itself and the free install should save another $100-$150. So what makes that ~$300 savings not worth it?
If you are thinking about dropping that type of coin on an exhaust, there are waaay better options out there. I can't give any input since I have a hatch, but that is still pretty overpriced for what you are really getting.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2119289
^ Spend a good amount of time looking through that thread. There are plenty of people running the SPT that input their opinion. Make sure that you only pay attention to the sedan exhaust, the hatch and sedan systems are vastly different in sound, drone, fitment, etc.

Is Cobb still working on the sedan exhaust? It's been forever now.
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I updated the google doc with some part numbers and pricing from the SPT website. It is in the first post.

I am going to call Kinetic in NH and get some comparison pricing on some aftermarket stuff. Kart boy short shift, Cobb CBE, Cobb heat sheild etc.
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Like I said earlier, I don't think Cobb makes the CBE for the sedan yet.

Also don't really worry about installation of a CBE. It is really easy to do even by yourself. Just get a jack and 4 jack stands and its a cake walk. I can take mine off and put it on in under an hour by myself. Just 2 bolts on DP and 2 on mid to axleback. 5 hangars and you are done.

With a friend or a lift it is exponentially easier.
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