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Old 05-10-2016, 07:29 PM   #1
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Forester Exhaust Upgrade for 2009 Subaru Forester Limited

I'd like to upgrade my exhaust system on my Forester and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations?! Ideally, i'd like to get something that enhances the performance (not stoked on the idea of just an axel back). My forester is stock, but a 5-speed manual. Thanks for your help!
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Old 05-11-2016, 12:47 AM   #2
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forester xt or 2.5i?

if its an xt, you wont get any performance gains until you go after the downpipe, catback/axleback is sound only. if you go with a cobb downpipe, see this info here:
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The downpipe for the LGT and 08+ WRX/STi will fit on a 2009 FXT. It is part number 524202. We have confirmed fitment of that downpipe on the 2009 FXT
if its a 2.5i, sorry no performance mods are available for your car. any exhaust change will be for sound only. any exhaust shop should be able to cut out the mufflers for straight pipe, or weld in something else if you want.
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Old 05-11-2016, 12:37 PM   #3
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forester xt or 2.5i?

if its an xt, you wont get any performance gains until you go after the downpipe, catback/axleback is sound only. if you go with a cobb downpipe, see this info here:


if its a 2.5i, sorry no performance mods are available for your car. any exhaust change will be for sound only. any exhaust shop should be able to cut out the mufflers for straight pipe, or weld in something else if you want.
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Old 05-12-2016, 06:06 PM   #4
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Thanks for all of this helpful info!

It's a 2.5i, so to hear that an exhaust upgrade would only change the sound is disappointing for sure
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Old 05-12-2016, 06:08 PM   #5
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forester xt or 2.5i?

if its an xt, you wont get any performance gains until you go after the downpipe, catback/axleback is sound only. if you go with a cobb downpipe, see this info here:


if its a 2.5i, sorry no performance mods are available for your car. any exhaust change will be for sound only. any exhaust shop should be able to cut out the mufflers for straight pipe, or weld in something else if you want.
Just to clarify, if the mufflers were cut out for a straight pipe or something else was welded in, this would only change the sound?

Thanks!
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Old 05-12-2016, 06:13 PM   #6
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Old 05-13-2016, 12:43 AM   #7
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yeah... sorry to say the engine in your car was designed and built for economy and is not responsive to any modifications for performance.

I know people who are content with a muffler change on 2.0i or 2.5i cars, there is nothing wrong with making the car your own - just know its not a good idea to try modify the engine on that car - stick to OEM maintenance intervals, OEM filters, and the car will last a long time and remain quite reliable.
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Old 05-13-2016, 06:46 PM   #8
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yeah... sorry to say the engine in your car was designed and built for economy and is not responsive to any modifications for performance.

I know people who are content with a muffler change on 2.0i or 2.5i cars, there is nothing wrong with making the car your own - just know its not a good idea to try modify the engine on that car - stick to OEM maintenance intervals, OEM filters, and the car will last a long time and remain quite reliable.
No need to be sorry! It ain't your fault!
Thanks for letting me know about the riskiness of modifying the engine. I'll definitely be making some exterior mods to make my forester look less like a family-friendly vehicle haha

Thanks again!
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