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Old 01-20-2001, 11:09 PM   #1
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Post Falling in love with my Legacy again....

Not that I had fallen out of love, but the relationship had moved into that comfortable category.

But after a recent spate of mod madness, 19mm bar, KVR x-drilled rotors and pads, K&N panel filter, Stromung, and Tein coilovers, I am rediscovering the wonder of my baby.

Sounds great, drives great, handles like a dream, now that I'm getting the Teins sorted out. I see what they mean by being able to dial up any setting from plush to teeth-rattling. They're on 6/6 front and rear right now, and are soft for street stuff, yet they stick corners like nobody's business.

Man, I know that new WRX is cool and all that, but here's one guy who loves his Legacy even more, noisy pillow ball mounts and all.

Kevin
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Old 01-20-2001, 11:16 PM   #2
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Well said!
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Old 01-21-2001, 12:19 AM   #3
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So, what kind of butt-dyno gains did you get from the Stromung? How much louder is it than stock under normal driving?
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Old 01-21-2001, 12:47 AM   #4
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Well, it's a 2.5" cat-back system, custom made stainless jobbie from TRi. I did (do) notice a smidge of low-end loss, perhaps 10 percent or so if I had to put a percentage on it. But with the K&N it seems to rev so readily, that 1st gear is increasingly useless, except for pure fun factor.

The Stromung sounds fantastic, and is louder than stock under WOT, which is to be expected. At highway speeds it's pretty quiet, though it drones a bit on the throttle. And at 80 and up you get a bit of a boom as you get into the throttle, that all but goes away when you reach cruising speed. It's quieter at 90 than at 60, curiously enough.

It pulls much better from about 3.5K on, as well. It "feels" faster, and I find myself going faster for a given application of throttle vs. pre-Stromung, if that makes sense. The K&N/Stromung combo seems to have also smoothed out the powerband, that is, there is more usable power throughout. It's less peaky, and keeps pulling almost to redline.

If you have a sedan, you might not even have that highway speed intermittent boominess that I have with my wagon. I give the Stromung a big thumbs up for performance, looks, and sound. That deep, throaty growl never fails to turn heads and draw compliments. Yet it isn't obnoxious, like some other exhausts I have heard.

When the car is fully warmed, the Stromung is undetectable, sounding extremely close to stock.

Hope this helps,

Kevin
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Old 01-21-2001, 09:54 AM   #5
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Great post!

I had heard some rumblings that the Stromung had reliability/longevity problems. Have you heard anything like that?
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Old 01-21-2001, 02:52 PM   #6
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Your cat-back is 2.5, not 2.25? Do you have headers? I would think you'd lose a lot of low-end with the loss of back pressure on a 2.5 setup.
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Old 01-21-2001, 05:21 PM   #7
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No headers, and that's what I had been led to believe, but it hasn't happened. I sussed things out quite thoroughly with Chris at TRi before popping for it, and his experiences jibe with mine. I'm still the "stealth hole shot" king, a crown I would have had to abdicate with a lot of low-end loss.

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Old 01-22-2001, 01:07 AM   #8
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I'd heard nothing of the sort, though I think there have been complaints from people who have the mild steel versions, which wasn't even an option for me, being up here in the salt belt.

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Old 01-22-2001, 04:52 PM   #9
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So, what was your cost from TRi for the whole cat-back system, if you don't mind me asking? Did you do the install yourself?
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Old 01-22-2001, 07:04 PM   #10
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$300 to my door, and my mechanic did the install at the same time as the brake stuff. They were parting out Chris's Legacy, so the muffler, like the Teins, were about 6 mos. old. It looked pretty dirty when it arrived, but what is to be expected from being under the car? A damp rag had 'er sparkling, though.

I figured $300 shipped for a custom-made stainless Stromung just for my lil' ol' car was pretty good.

Oh, yeah. Bolted right up.

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Old 01-23-2001, 09:52 AM   #11
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2000 Legacy GT Wagon. I just put in the adjustable rear swaybar made by Whiteline. I love the new feel of the car. I have it on the 19 mm setting because of snow and will try stiffer settings as the fowl weather breaks.

I also added the Stromung (non stainless) and have noticed some rusting on the pipe, I hope it lasts. Love the grumble sound.

Also added the lower racing pulley. Quick response off the line.
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Old 01-23-2001, 10:00 AM   #12
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$300???? Damn, that's the deal of the century. Is the Stainless Stromung available somewhere, or was that a one time custom mod? Wonder how much a new one would go for, probably too much.
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Old 01-23-2001, 11:21 AM   #13
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For the Legacy, the stainless Stromungs are a custom fabrication, and they are indeed spensifus (as a friend's kid says). But I live in Chicago, so it has to be stainless, since at the least hint of snow, the city starts salting streets like fiends.

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