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Old 10-05-2012, 06:14 PM   #1
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I want to get a aftermarket catback exhaust for my car but after hearing mixed reviews of needing a tune or not I have decided to look into accessports. Anyway now I am debating on if I should get an accessport and doing a stage 1 reflash and later down the road go to stage 2. My main concern with the whole thing is reliability and not having issues. I have done research and seen lots of positive reviews but are there any reoccurring issues that people have heard of? It's going on a 2006 Wrx. I will openly admit I'm a noob to the whole tune stuff but have read most the stickies on it. Any help or personal experience would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:00 PM   #2
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Just a Catback exhaust does not require a tune, it doesn't give any power gains either it is just a Sound and Looks mod. (it will make sense to have one if you do a larger after market downpipe because it is kind of silly to go from a 3" to a 2.5"..but it will still net an increase either way).

Acessports are great they are stupid simple to use and are VERY safe tunes, because they are very safe you don't get the most potential from your vehicle but its a decent trade off for most daily drivers. Being able to go to stage 2 easily with it is nice as well, stage 2 is the best bang fro your buck you can do with just a tune(its required [like an accessport]) and a downpipe, you will get the most gains other than going balls to the wall with a massive turbo and all the supporting mods.

so stage 1 is great because the stock wrx maps pretty much "feel" like a 2 yr old wrote them vs being tuned actually smooths out the power band and response times a lot. The cat back you can have on with stage 1 but its certainly not required and vis versa stg 1 is not required for a cat back.

Stage 2 gives you a nice power boost.

there are other options than accessport like opensource tuning.
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:14 PM   #3
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Awesome thanks. Anyone else want to chime in with more info?
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:29 PM   #4
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Hey does anyone kno of any good tuners in nebraska?? Preferably in the Lincoln/Omaha area?
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:39 PM   #5
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That has nothing to do with this thread. Start a new thread
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:32 PM   #6
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It's safer to go with a Stage 1 tune, even stage 2, than keep the stock tune. Plus, the extra torque and HP is more than worth it, IMO.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:22 PM   #7
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I agree that a stage 1 tune is certainly a better tune then the stock tune. For both reliability and for economy. Stage 2 gives u that little extra still and is a good time.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:25 PM   #8
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Ok then I guess I will at least go stage 1. My main concern with going stage 2 is getting boost creep or is that not as much of an issue with the 2006 Wrx
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:52 PM   #9
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If you go catted you wont get boost creep.
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:10 PM   #10
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So if I get a full 3" tbe with a high flow cat downpipe I will be fine?
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:28 PM   #11
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Yes. I have an 6 as well and am using a catted cobb DP and I have 0 boost creep issues. I drove around on the stage 1 tune for a while, and it was a noticeable improvement in performance. Then I installed the DP and went stage 2 and am really happy with it. My car still runs/drives like the day I bought it bone stock!! GL
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:00 PM   #12
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If you go catted you wont get boost creep.

This is not really true, especially for 2009+ WRXs. Boost creep has more to do with the type of restriction past the downpipe. So the type of exhaust you have with a catted or non catted downpipe seems to have more of an influence.

That being said, I have a non catted downpipe with stock exhaust on my 2011 WRX TP stage 2, and it runs great.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:26 PM   #13
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So is there a exhaust you would suggest besides stock that shouldn't have issues? I have been looking at a Cobb replica and an invidia n1 and possibly a rsr gt2
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So is there a exhaust you would suggest besides stock that shouldn't have issues? I have been looking at a Cobb replica and an invidia n1 and possibly a rsr gt2
I like the invidia n1 street
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