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Old 05-22-2002, 10:06 PM   #1
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Well I just purchased and installed my Borla cat back on my WRX wagon. Materials were of good quality and the pieces fit well. Stainless steel piping (2.5") and a polished tip/muffler. 4" tip.

Installation took about leisurely hour and was simple. Remove stock components from last cat and replace with Borla system.

The tip is nice but not too big. Just right. I would like to have had a twin tip but this will do. Plenty of clearence underneath and I do have the diff cover too. The Borla muffler is significantly smaller than the stock unit. Ground clearance is the same or better.

OK the sound. OMG! This kicks a$$! A deep burble/lope at idle and a louder tone under acceleration. Nice pop once in awhile when letting off the gas too. NOT RICEY! I REPEAT, NO RICE! That was a concern of mine before I received it along with the tip being too big but I am very pleased.

I bought it from Renick Motorsports for $400 shipped. Good deal.

I can also email files if you want but they are somewhat large.

All in all, a great sound from a quality muffler for a good price!

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Old 05-22-2002, 10:08 PM   #2
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Old 05-26-2002, 12:41 AM   #3
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Looking good Will!

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Old 05-27-2002, 08:16 PM   #4
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Thanks! I am happy...my mileage will be suffering for awhile though
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Old 05-29-2002, 10:05 PM   #5
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I wasnt able to find any sound files.. just pics. Can you post one up here?
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Old 05-30-2002, 10:23 AM   #6
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Does the borla have any vibration or resonance at around 2500 to 3500 rpm that is annoying. I have had other mufflers that do this and it is not acceptable Also, do you have the sound files?
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Old 05-31-2002, 06:03 AM   #7
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Arnie-1> I found cabin noise to be a bit much and added a Dynomax Bullet muffler as a resonator.......scroll down on follwing link............http://www.dynomax.com/mufflers.stm

The beautiful Borla sound now exits through the rear with very little cabin noise. Quality piece with a great warranty.
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Old 05-31-2002, 06:06 PM   #8
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cant find sound clips......

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Old 06-01-2002, 02:28 AM   #9
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Sound clips at www.borla.com
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Old 06-08-2002, 03:29 PM   #10
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I think the reason Borlas resonate, may be because they use
stainless steel packing, so you have exhaust viberations
in the packing, which is metal, and it resonates in the packing
as apposed other mufflers that use fiberglass or something
just a thought
who knows, i like it
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Old 06-11-2002, 07:30 PM   #11
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$400.....I got hosed by Borla. I ordered it from them the week it came out and paid $630. It was worth every penny. The car sounds scarey. The sound at idle is awesome. It sounds like the car has a huge aftermarket cam and burbles like a V8. It makes those annoying kids in their Civics and Integras run home crying to their mothers.
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Old 08-16-2002, 03:24 PM   #12
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I had a Borla cat back exhaust on my '97 OBS. My experience agrees with what I read hear. Nice low and deep. Not at all like a Civic or others cars you hear this thing sounds v8 like. I scared the hell out of people by blipping my throttle. Parents would grab on to their kids. And this is from a stock 2.2l motor with just a k&n filter. I am talkin in the present tense that car is gone totalled my a hit from a mustang. I may get a Borla cat back for my 02 WRX Wagon. I think the sound is a function of the boxer engine. I would recommend the exhaust to anyone with a Subie. However now with the WRX I can back up the sound with real power.
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Old 08-18-2002, 04:05 PM   #13
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I totally agree with the terrorizing of other cars near you kids
and pedestrians, people with other exhaust like the sound
of this cat back, better than some turbo back's
it's kick butt, especially with my injen CAI
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Old 08-22-2002, 05:34 PM   #14
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Wow.. installed mine last night..

best 375$ I ever spent.

Was one of the easiest installs ever.. everything fit.. no rattles, no leaks.

I was worried about the clearance with the OEM rear underspoiler.. but it fits like a champ.

and the sound.. wow.

talk about making the car sound as fast as it actually is.. real good burble at low rpm.. nice whine at about 6k rpm.

Thanks to the guys at Rennick for getting it to me quickly with no dings or scratches.

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Has anyone installed a new up-pipe or down-pipe with their Borla Cat Back yet? I have been wanting to eliminate all of my Cats with an HKS down-pipe and a PDE up-pipe. If so, how is the sound, performance, etc?
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Old 08-24-2002, 08:21 PM   #16
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2000 miles with the Borla system. No complaints. Nothing has broken or worn out. The only thing that bothers me is that I didn't have it on the entire time I owned by WRX

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Old 09-06-2002, 06:01 PM   #17
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I am glad you all like your Borla. I have one on my 2001 Cougar and it sounds awsome. I was trying to decide between the following. I really like my borla on my cougar but did not know if the performance was as good with the WRX. Let me know what you think. Thanks

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Old 10-02-2002, 01:26 AM   #18
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I've had my Borla for about 3 months now. Great sound. Deep - V8 sounding. A little loud but bearable until three weeks ago when I installed a catless downpipe - Bosal to be exact.

Damn thing is really loud now. Performance is awesome but heck, wish there was something to tone down the sound when travelling at 70mph.

Kinda of mixed about this setup now. Looks are great but long distance driving is now a little irritating.
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Old 10-02-2002, 09:44 PM   #19
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I was thinking about getting that DP too
Have you driven in any car with a turbo back
I was wondering how loud they are compared to the borla cat back, because i think the borla is loud
I can't imagine how loud it must be now
all of these people getting the turbo XS turbo back
and they say "oh its not much louder than stock"
thats crazy.
do you have an upipe too?
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I was thinking about getting that DP too
Have you driven in any car with a turbo back
I was wondering how loud they are compared to the borla cat back, because i think the borla is loud
I can't imagine how loud it must be now
all of these people getting the turbo XS turbo back
and they say "oh its not much louder than stock"
thats crazy.
do you have an upipe too?
I have not seen the Turbo XS Turbo back. The key to quieting down the sound is a resonator and the muffler. The Borla does not have a resonator (like the stock cat back) and the muffler doesn't seem to muffle anything. I have ridden in a turboback before - didn't ask what brand. It was definitely not as loud as my setup. It wasn't as quiet as stock. The stock is pretty damn quiet. I guess it really depends what type of material they have inside the TurboXS muffler and whether they have a resonator chamber or not. It can make a huge difference.
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Old 10-03-2002, 02:40 PM   #21
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Does it sound good loud?
or is it borderline not so good loud?
I like the way the borla sounds, I was just wondering with the DP
even though its louder is still a pleasant loud?
atleast for a short while.
also is it arrest me know loud, like you are afraid to drive near a cop?

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I think the Borla sounds perfect. Although, I couldn't imagine it with a Catless DP or UP. I would love to get an UP and DP, but I think that the sound would get annoying after a half hour car ride. Besides, my car is Sonic Yellow, and that enough gets too much attention from the authorities. BTW, I always feel on the highway that the WRX needs a 6th gear. I think the droaning sound if there were a 6th gear wouldn't be so bad as the revs would be lower. Any opinions?
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Old 11-10-2002, 08:42 AM   #23
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I went to a Porsche Oktoberfest and people loved the way it sounded. When a guy that has a 911 turbo canít stop saying how much he likes your cat back system you know itís cool.
Thehighway droning did bother me at first.
This fixed it though.
A. I got use to it
B. Got better speakers and drown the sound out more
C. Put the scrap Dynomat from when I did my doors in the wheelwell, this helped a good deal I am thinking about doing the whole wheel well and floor with it.

Now I am very happy with my setup, if I removed any cats though I would probably install a resonator. I also picked the Borla up for $330 used, but itís all stainless so used is just five minutes away from looking like new with polish.
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Old 11-14-2002, 03:02 PM   #24
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I installed the Borla system a couple of weeks ago. I have the Vishnu up-pipe and the Stromung 3rd cat eliminator pipe, so I'm running with only the DP cat. Yes, it is loud. I love the sound when you start this thing up - it sounds positively evil !

The sound while cruising definitely drones. It also sounds like a damn lawnmower or motorcycle exhaust from in the cabin. Anyone else's sound like this or might I have an exhaust leak? From outside it doesn't sound like I have a leak, but it may just be while I'm moving/have a load on the engine. I torqued all of the components to spec.

I'll have to try the Dynomat idea for the cargo area. Thanks Rob.

If anyone wants to see the pics: http://mikeegan.stormpages.com/Borla.html
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anyone know what the performance gai is on a wrx with borla cat back?
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