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Old 08-18-2012, 07:59 PM   #1
Chainsaw_Willie
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Default Borla Hush (140053) on '06 WRX = C-

I just installed the Borla Hush twin-tip exhaust on my '06. It was replacing one of the old Megan Racing "black" systems which they don't make any more. The Megan system was made of black coated steel pipes and while it fit and sounded great when it was new, the coating all fell off and it had rusted badly and was literally falling apart. It had a huge hole and several smaller holes in the pipe right before the muffler and was really sounding bad.

My budget's tight and I wanted a nice, quiet exhaust and the reviews of the Borla system had me thinking this was the way to go.

I will say that I love the sound. It's quieter than the Megan system was, sounds almost stock but has a nice low tone to it, which is perfect for my preferences. Full 3" all the way through for good flow, too.

The problems began when I tried to mount the adapter that hooks up to the stock cat. converter outlet. The bolts supplied in the hardware kit were too short. Fortunately I had some 5/16" bolts, nuts & washers in my garage that were long enough. I hate mixing SAE & metric but had to get this done today.

The collar on their adapter is thin & cheesy too. I won't be surprised if this adapter starts leaking before too long. The collar started bending as I tightened the bolts up.

The overall fitment of this system is pretty bad. If the problems it has were any worse I wouldn't even have been able to get it on the car. The tips do NOT center in the cutout in the rear bumper and there's no way to make it fit right without re-bending the pipes.

I'm an electrician and bend pipes for a living. I can see exactly where & what the problem is - the offset just after the resonator isn't large enough. This puts the pipe too close to the differential as it heads back under the axles. It's actually touching one of the differential cradle bolts at one point but doesn't seem to be rattling, yet.

Because the offset isn't big enough it forces the muffler over to one side which is why the tips don't line up with the cutout. The hangers barely fit also.

Overall I'm pretty disappointed. It's nice that it's a full 3" and stainless steel so won't rust out like the previous system did, I like the sound quality, but the manufacturing QC blows. That old Megan system which cost $200 less fit perfectly.

I'm going to write a letter to Borla and if I can put the car on a lift I'll take some pictures too. I should be able to get it up on a lift at my friend's shop next week.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:29 PM   #2
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I just installed mine last week and it fit perfect! try rotating the mid pipe some to get more clearance near the diff
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:45 AM   #3
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Believe me, I monkeyed with that mid pipe as much as I could as that's obviously where the problem is coming from. It can only be rotated so far. It simply does not have enough offset bent into it, there's nothing you can do about that without a 3" pipe bender. The hanger for the mid-pipe is too far forward also, it's pulled the rubber isolator forward and is pressing up against the floorboard.

I read a bunch of reviews of this system before deciding on the purchase. It seems that most people don't have any problems. I found two reviews with people complaining about fitment but plenty of others with no issues so figured I'd roll the dice.
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