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Old 02-06-2008, 02:14 PM   #1
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Hello everybody, I've just recently acquired a '96 Legacy GT and want to put a nice exhaust on it now.

It came with some sort of a catback with nothing but a melon shooter (4"+) on the back of it. It looks alright but it's a little loud and has no bass whatsoever. It's completely stock from the cats forward. I'm going to get the exhaust done whenever I get the parts and want to keep the pipe 2.25" for torque and good MPG as this is my daily driver car.

I'm already going to order the Borla replica UEL headers but I'm having trouble picking the right exhaust components based on the type of sound I'm looking to achieve and I though you guys could help me out.

I'll start by telling you what sound I'd like to hear:

Bass - I want a deep bassy chest pounding exhaust on my car, I don't like a lot of volume such that I could be heard in the next county getting up to 60MPH. I know it's not a V8 and never will achieve a like sound but what can I do to have a moderate to low volume HIGH bass exhaust for $400? I like magnaflow exhaust for they seem to have a deep bassy sound but I was told that I might want to get resonators only.

Many thanks you all and have a nice day!
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:20 PM   #2
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Borla's with a Stromung Cat-back will make your car sound amazing.

The muffler is your problem at the moment, giving you that "ricer" sound.
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:35 PM   #3
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A prodrive axleback (muffler) gives a deep throaty sound. I love mine and it isn't even a cat back.
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:35 PM   #4
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Edit: Doh, double posted. I lose.
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:37 PM   #5
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Borla's with a Stromung Cat-back will make your car sound amazing.

The muffler is your problem at the moment, giving you that "ricer" sound.
Sorry I should say about $200 since $220 of that's going to the headers....

My original plan was to slap This on there but the satin stainless steel version.

I don't know if I'll be able to afford a stromung
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:40 PM   #6
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Do you have a link to that prodrive muffler?
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:41 PM   #7
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:50 PM   #8
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pick up a used SS stromung. Cobb used to stromung from what i've read, and I love mine. Got borla headers, stromung hfc, and stromung cat back. A little raspy and loud, so if i were to change anything, id get a resonated mid pipe
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:56 PM   #9
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Wow those prodrive mufflers are expensive, I think that's $439 for the pair but I only need one.
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Old 02-06-2008, 03:07 PM   #10
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Wow those prodrive mufflers are expensive, I think that's $439 for the pair but I only need one.
I got mine used for $135 + $30 shipping... I'd never pay $400 new. Try searching the classifieds for Prodrive or Stromung. I got mine over at RS25.com
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Old 02-06-2008, 03:11 PM   #11
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I got mine used for $135 + $30 shipping... I'd never pay $400 new. Try searching the classifieds for Prodrive or Stromung. I got mine over at RS25.com
On that google site it says the Prodrive fits 2002+ WRX's and 2004+ STi's, will it fit my car?

I suppose you guys wouldn't recommend it if it didn't fit but am I going to have to mess with it at all?
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Old 02-06-2008, 03:18 PM   #12
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I don't know if it's a problem at all but I want to keep the exhaust 2.25" for torque, I think that prodrive axleback is 2.5". I don't think it will work then...
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Old 02-06-2008, 10:12 PM   #13
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Would I lose a significant amount of torque going to 2.5" from the axle back? I found a prodrive muffler that was suggested and it's 2.5" pipe from the axle back through the muffler.
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Old 02-06-2008, 11:19 PM   #14
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honestly, if money is an issue get those borla knockoff headers, and find a good exhaust shop by you and pick up a cheap magnaflow muffler off ebay and have them make a catback for you

best bang for the buck
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Old 02-06-2008, 11:42 PM   #15
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who says you cant make our cars sound like a v8, iv actually had ppl ask me if i have a v8!lolo
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Old 02-06-2008, 11:47 PM   #16
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honestly, if money is an issue get those borla knockoff headers, and find a good exhaust shop by you and pick up a cheap magnaflow muffler off ebay and have them make a catback for you

best bang for the buck
Ah yes but which magnaflow muffler would best produce that low bassy rumble? Round? Oval? 4x9, 5x8?

And yes I love the sound these boxers make, it's truely a great sound.
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:08 AM   #17
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ah man i remember seeing from a thread back in the day a couple people wit hthis one type and i almost got one myself ill have to look back for you
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:18 AM   #18
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ah man i remember seeing from a thread back in the day a couple people wit hthis one type and i almost got one myself ill have to look back for you

I'd appreciate that thanks
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Old 02-07-2008, 04:40 AM   #19
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Ok I've got two "questions of the day":


1) Will going from 2.25" exhaust back to the axle, then swtiching to 2.5" from the axle back through the muffler result in any significant loss of torque?

2) Will the "ebay knockoff" (borla replica) headers fit my 1996 Legacy 2.5 GT?
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Old 02-07-2008, 04:31 PM   #20
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Ok I've got two "questions of the day":


1) Will going from 2.25" exhaust back to the axle, then swtiching to 2.5" from the axle back through the muffler result in any significant loss of torque?

2) Will the "ebay knockoff" (borla replica) headers fit my 1996 Legacy 2.5 GT?
Anybody have any ideas?
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Old 02-07-2008, 04:32 PM   #21
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if your headers are the same as the rs ones than yea ha but otherwise i cant be sure to be honest

and i mean for that small length of piping it could hurt a tad but really you oshould be fine with it like that
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Old 02-07-2008, 08:02 PM   #22
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if your headers are the same as the rs ones than yea ha but otherwise i cant be sure to be honest

and i mean for that small length of piping it could hurt a tad but really you should be fine with it like that
That's what I was thinking, from the axle back if it's slightly bigger in diameter I shouldn't lose a large amount of torque but I guess I have to sacrifice some for the sound.
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you dont need 2.5" for sound, i have 2.25 and prob louder than most 2.5" out there
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Old 02-07-2008, 08:50 PM   #24
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you dont need 2.5" for sound, i have 2.25 and prob louder than most 2.5" out there
Well I'm looking at that Vibrant Streetpower muffler and they're 2.5" I/O on their site. Ebay has them too and lists 2.25" but when you type the P/N in vibrant's site it says it's isn't active.

So I'm just going to order from there site if I get it.

Here's the video, the sound is darn near exactly what I want.
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I don't think 1/4" in diameter is going to make too much of a difference for such a short distance, especially right before the muffler.
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