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Old 11-30-2001, 04:19 PM   #1
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Had STI Performance Muffler installed 3k miles ago at my Subie dealer. It is genuine subaru part ordered from wrx catalog. Also direct bolt-on replacment.. It is a stainless steel straight through design. However the piping is stock diameter(between 2.25 and 2.5) so the horsepower benefits are minimal. Havn't been dyno'd but it could be good for a few ponies maybe.. Also has minimal effect for reducing lag. The muffler itself looks great on the car, has excellent quality, and an awseome sound. It cost $750 from my dealer.
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Old 11-30-2001, 08:37 PM   #2
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Old 12-01-2001, 03:06 AM   #3
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Old 12-01-2001, 02:38 PM   #4
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Cool, it sounds like a good option for the RS!

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Old 12-01-2001, 02:47 PM   #5
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so how much did it cost? funny how just a STi symbol can cost soo much!
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Old 12-01-2001, 11:01 PM   #6
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$750!!!!!!!!!!!! i know i know i could have almost bought a whole turbo back system with that money but i liked the fact that it was an STI part and the quality is really excellent- and i also heard it on anothr wrx before i bought it. It would be good for an 2002 2.5RS because it is not too unrestictive however i don't know if subaru will install it because it is in the catalog as a wrx part i guess you have to ask.

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Old 12-02-2001, 08:50 PM   #7
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Hey Paul

Glad you like your new muffler! I just picked up one on Ebay for about $600.

Newbie question for anyone who can help (thanks)

I know the muffler comes with no warranty so my question is, I have a new 2002 WRX so does this void my 3 year 36,000 mile warranty? (I have not asked yet if my Subaru dealer will install it. (I will on monday) but my guess is they will say no. And if I install it and something should go wrong with my engine does this void my warranty?

Thanks for the help!!

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Old 12-03-2001, 12:29 AM   #8
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The muffler should not void your warranty, however because you picked it up outside of subaru i don't know if they will install it, they might. My muffler came with some big discaimer saying that if there is any damage to my car because of the muffler SOA wont be held responsible... BUT that doesn't mean that if something breaks with my transmission or my engine that they will not have to replace it under warranty-they will. They would have to prove that the muffler caused the problem and i doubt that would ever happen..
Furthermore if they give you any trouble about installing the muffler ask if they would let you sign a form stating that you wont hold them responsible for any damage resulting from the instalation of the muffler or if it is the wrong part..I had to do that when i bought my spoiler outside of my subie dealer and they claimed it was the wrong one or a fake(It wasnt i bought from the SOA warehouse through a dealer in New Jersey for $290!!...) Eventually they made some calls and admitted it was the right spoiler..
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Old 12-03-2001, 12:37 AM   #9
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It would be good for an RS because it is not too unrestictive
Different hangers on anything other than an 2002 RS.
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Old 12-03-2001, 03:29 PM   #10
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Hi Paul

Thanks for your response, I called my Subaru dealer and they have installed a couple so they have no problems with it.

Also I was wondering what it sounds like from inside the car, is it loud or overbearing at any certain speed or gear?

Thanks again...
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Old 12-04-2001, 12:23 AM   #11
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Its not that loud.. with your windows closed at partial throttle you won't even notice it...
When you start playing with the other aspects of the exhuast as well(ie; downpipe,larger piping) thats when it gets loud enough to be maybe annoying to some; also thats where the most performance benefits come from also.

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Old 12-06-2001, 03:25 AM   #12
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I personally went with the blitz axle back. but the sti is really nice and just as expensive (i never thought anything was much more than blitz) but the most restricted peice on the US rex is said the be the muffler so its obviosly a great investment. Especially if your car has other upgrades.
Ill have the blitz nur spec in a few weeks and i be sure to post my reaction.
A friend of mine has the STI and the thing sounds really great, hell it looks cool too, not to mention the sti label.
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Old 12-06-2001, 01:20 PM   #13
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Cool.. the blitz is good choice- speaking of exhuasts i saw someone with the HKS carbon fiber/titanium catback exhuast.. that thing is sweet also expensive but its definatly worth it i think it was around $700-800 for the HKS.
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Old 12-10-2001, 12:45 AM   #14
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I had the STi echaust too.. the sound is wonderful...and not it's not loud at all...
give it couple days and you'll get used to the sound...
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Old 12-13-2001, 06:34 AM   #15
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Thumbs up Thumbs Up!!!!

I just had my STI Performance Muffler installed today! (At my local Subaru dealer) out of all the mufflers I have had on various different cars this is the best so far.

As Paul, Rex, and Langit have pointed out its not loud at all (Its perfect IMO! At WOT it has a sweet sound almost like a BMW M series. I did notice a little difference in 1st and 2nd gear but very little, as Paul said horsepower benefits are minimal. But the sound and looks were well worth the price

Thanks everyone for your review.....awesome!

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Old 12-13-2001, 09:03 AM   #16
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yes, and may I add, another reason why I bought this muffler: this is one of very few mufflers out there which will clear rear diff protector without any custom modification
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Old 12-21-2001, 06:54 PM   #17
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Thumbs up it will work for the MY00 and 01 as well...

I would have to agree with you guys! I love the sound and it is a genuine STI part so gotta love that! It fit my MY00 with minor minor mods needed! and the sound is Superb! I also picked mine up for $200 dollars so I was determined to get it to work at all costs! and it does hehe!
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Old 12-22-2001, 02:50 AM   #18
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$200!! wow thats a good price compared to what i payed.. Its interesting that it fits on your car.. does the stock muffler have the same kind of downward and to the right bend as the STI and standard wrx muffler do? Or did you have to modify your mid-pipe to meet it?
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Thumbs up yup same exact pipeing!

Same exact piping the only difference is the hangers and the flange is cockeyed about 5 or 10 degrees so the muffler for right now sits kinda tilted... but it looks great that way and I may just leave it! I am probably going to just get the hangers rewelded though! also the flange bolt hole patern was spread out a little bit further so we drilled out the holes a tad to get the stock pipeing to bolt up perfect. The Pipe I/D is so minutely bigger that it shouldn't hurt performance by anything if much at all.I have gotten sooooo many compliments now it's nice, even guys with 240sx's Trueno's eclipse gsx's so on and so on... of course the
Honduh's don't comliment me cause they are jeleous that thier folgers can exhaust never sound deep and throaty!!! "The best part of R***ing up is Folgers in your Exhaaaaaust!" hehe that is my theme song for the honduhs every time they drive by me!!!
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Old 12-26-2001, 05:39 PM   #20
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Its a soa part not a sti part.... If you measure the piping its not larger then 2.5 inches...

If you measure the actual internal baffle in the can I think its actually 1.75 or less. It is purely a sound part, I dont think you will see any gains from it... It does give off a nice tone. Yes I was there for a install and listen touched.... no sti part number on it...


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Old 12-29-2001, 05:39 PM   #21
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Yes, it does not say STI on it anywhere however it is advertised by subaru as an STI part just like performance suspension that is offered..
Also you are right that the stock piping is not 2.5, i forget exact measurment but it is between 2.25 and 2.5.. The measerment inside the muffler is smaller(why!??) but it is straight through so i would think that is gives a better flow of air over the stock muffler .. but a horsepower increase that small is not noticable without a dyno.
On a different note i can't wait until the STI version comes out because i'm hoping that along with the car Subaru will make more performance parts available that I can buy for my car from the dealer because the muffler shifter and suspension they offer now are pretty good quality..

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Old 12-30-2001, 01:28 AM   #22
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That's just a whole lot of money for one part that just makes sound...
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Old 12-31-2001, 02:15 AM   #23
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Yeah, for the money i'd go with the HKS carbon/ti. 3inch exhuast
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Old 02-14-2002, 03:45 PM   #24
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Talking i've got ze sti muffler too!!!

i've had the sti muffler (got it offa ebay for $355) for 1.5k miles and it rocks!!! I get all those ricers comming up next to me and honking and reving their mufflers at me and i just laugh and give them a load of bass from my muffler.... the look on their face is funny. I've got a downpipe that i'm gonna put on there next week. sti rocks!!!
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Damn, i should have bought mine on e-bay too, you guys are getting good deals!
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