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Old 07-24-2006, 04:55 PM   #1
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I was wondering what kind of muffler i need to get to get a nice deep throat sound for my impreza RS. I don't need all the catback systems or the borla or whatever. Just a nice muffler for a nice sound...

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Old 07-24-2006, 05:30 PM   #2
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I used a thrush on mine, very cheap but not stainless steel. If you go with a thrush, you'll have to buy a tip. Pretty much any magnaflow sounds good too. Pretty much anything but stock will sound ok.
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Old 07-24-2006, 05:34 PM   #3
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Magnaflows sound good and can be put on my most local exhaust shops. Easy on the wallet too.
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Old 07-24-2006, 06:00 PM   #4
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So the magnaflow will give me a nice gutsy sound to it?
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Old 07-24-2006, 07:01 PM   #5
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you want a sound but dont want a catback?
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Old 07-24-2006, 07:35 PM   #6
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Well thats what i was hoping...i have other financial means right now

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Old 07-24-2006, 07:55 PM   #7
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momma always say do it right or dont do it at all

and if you want just a muffler you only have like 3 choices, flowmaster/magnaflow/or some ebay crap
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Old 07-24-2006, 08:23 PM   #8
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to the best of my knowledge a muffler alone won't get u the deep throaty boxer engine sound you are looking for... better off saving up and doing it right or spending your $$ on your "other financial needs"
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Old 07-24-2006, 08:41 PM   #9
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An STi muffler will give you a deeper, though subtle, exhaust tone. They can be found for ~$100. It won't be as throaty as those mentioned above, but I like mine (on a 2.2L OBS). You may want to put on a WRX or STi midpipe as well... a quick search will show what you need to have done to install those, as it's not a direct bolt-on [edit: it may be a bolt-on for your 2005, but it's not for the older RS's]
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Old 07-24-2006, 09:14 PM   #10
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Well how much do the catback systems go for, at least to achieve the desired sound and you guys are right, do it right or don't do it at all, thats why i haven't put one on yet, or if i even put one on. There are so many different kinds out there I have no idea what to get....

Need some advice, also on a budget here too so keep that in mind.

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Old 07-24-2006, 09:22 PM   #11
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I love the stromung! at first i thought it was a bit loud, but after putting the stocker on to pass nj insection, i want nothing else. welll aybe a need for up-pipe.

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Old 07-24-2006, 10:47 PM   #12
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Also you can check out summit racing and get their brand turbo-style mufflers. I've heard them on other cars and they are pretty good for the price; $20. Not SS, but they do last longer than the cheapo ebay ones.
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Old 07-25-2006, 02:14 AM   #13
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Magnaflow FTW!! I use a wrx muffler on my forester.. sounds a little louder but I'm getting a mangaflow next week
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Old 07-25-2006, 03:37 AM   #14
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i have a magnaflow on mine. sounds good. i think its a bit too loud. it was quiet when i first put it on, but now people hear from a block away. doesnt really sound like a subaru from the cabin. listening from the back of the car it does though.
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Old 07-25-2006, 06:33 AM   #15
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Ill agree, magnaflows are kind of loud compared to a cobb exhaust for example
When i was catless with a magnaflow muffler it was very raspy, just going with a cobb axel back took away a good amount of that rasp

I'd do it right the 1st time and get a cobb/stromung cat-back used if budget is an issue. Search around the forums im sure you can find one used for the price of a brand new custom magnaflow cat-back made at the muffler shop.
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Old 07-25-2006, 08:45 AM   #16
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I love my Flowmaster 40 series! Very deep sounding, but NOT raspy and obnoxious like some can be on our car.
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I have Brullen equal length headers and the Brullen Catback, and it still sounds like a boxer, but doesn't have quite the same rumble as everyone else. I want the same rumble as everyone else
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I have Brullen equal length headers and the Brullen Catback, and it still sounds like a boxer, but doesn't have quite the same rumble as everyone else. I want the same rumble as everyone else
how can I get this rumble you speak of?
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Un-equal lenth headers, aka Borla or OBX.
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you could always try this, seems like popularity has been growing for it
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Old 07-25-2006, 09:24 PM   #21
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I have Brullen equal length headers and the Brullen Catback, and it still sounds like a boxer, but doesn't have quite the same rumble as everyone else. I want the same rumble as everyone else

I'd love that full setup for my car. If you buy something else, PM me.



I agree that a catback is the way to go. Just a muffler *will* add tone. The sound comes from a muffler chamber that has more performance-oriented baffling, or a straight through design. The pipe diameter needs to go up to add any kind of performance advantage, but most of the sound comes from the muffler itself, IMO.

Magnaflow would work. But if you do that, may as well go to a decent exhaust shop and have them build you a custom 2.25" catback. A couple/few hundred bucks, tops. You can get a Stromung axleback or catback from several vendors, my favorites are www.daddysscp.com or www.boxer4racing.com. They're cheaper than catbacks, but you may as well opt for the midpipe too, at least when funds allow.

The Borla is really nice, go to www.borla.com and search for your model year. You'll see the one, they list the unequal length headers and the catback. The catback isn't as loud as a Stromung, has a cool, low "machine gun" fire sound.

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