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Old 05-20-2014, 09:51 AM   #1
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Default Bad cat/exhuast (2006 header integrated cat)

I have a 2006 2.5i Outback Limited and the cat's literally falling apart so there's been this really annoying and embarrassing rattle. Unfortunately I have the luck of having the cat integrated into the headers so I can't simply swap out the cat for a new one that I know of. I'd like to be able to just replace the cat for now until I can figure out everything for a decent sounding exhaust, but it looks like regardless of what I do I'm going to have to replace the headers due to the whole cat situation. That being said I def wouldn't mind looking into getting UEL headers for it so I can get that rumble going. Obviously my cars a non-turbo so the decrease in hp isn't necessarily a big deal to me. If I go the UEL route what will I be looking at as far as getting it to fit. Will I be able to get a set of UEL headers and a cat and mount them up like the stock set up I have where the cat's right at the end of the headers or will I need to set it up like the stock Outbacks that don't have the integrated cat/header set up? I've been looking online for some info, but a majority of the stuff I found was for Outback Sports which are Impreza based and I don't know if anything outside of the Outback has the integrated set up of the cat and headers. Any help or guidance here would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:37 AM   #2
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Well I dug a little more yesterday and found rallisportracing.com has direct fit UEL headers that match right up to all the stock components for the 2.5i including the integrated cat. My questions been answered ... now it's time to get ride of the unwanted rattle for a much wanted grumble.
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Old 05-27-2014, 05:21 PM   #3
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Youll be waiting for a while on those, if you want to fix your issue just head down to a local salvage yard and look for a 06-09 non turbo H4 Subaru they all share the same exhaust manifold.
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Old 05-30-2014, 03:28 PM   #4
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Rockauto.com has some options for you made by walker. Judging by the pics presented there it should be a direct bolt on.
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Old 05-30-2014, 04:50 PM   #5
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Rockauto.com has some options for you made by walker. Judging by the pics presented there it should be a direct bolt on.
Good point!



http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/more...658&cc=1432743
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Old 05-30-2014, 05:12 PM   #6
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Magnaflow and Pacesetter make oem replacements as well

http://www.magnaflow.com/02catalytic...irectfit=51447

http://pacesetterexhaust.com/06-09-s...converter.aspx

I'm zipping through what's left on my waiting list though, so it's down to a 4-6 week wait on new orders.

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Old 05-30-2014, 07:44 PM   #7
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You're sure it's not just a heat shield?

I would imagine that if the pipe holding the cat. were falling apart you'd start either hearing an exhaust leak noise and/or get a CEL and/or be able to smell it.

Unless you WANT the UEL noise, then go for it, just seems like something that a few bucks in hardware or a cut-off wheel could fix.
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