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Old 11-14-2012, 10:58 AM   #1
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GReddy SP Elite Exhaust Review (08+ STI and 11+ WRX Hatchback)

I traded my ARK exhaust for the GReddy SP Elite and put it on my car on Monday.



The exhaust is used, but it looks great! The build is on par with the GReddy Ti-C that I previously had (very good). The exhaust breaks down into 3 pieces. This requires the use of two gaskets for the catback (as well as a third to connect to the downpipe). There is a small dent in the muffler, but it is not visible when installed.



This is my favorite part of this exhaust! Very shiny tips! Polished finish looks really nice. GReddy only polishes the tips, the muffler, and the resonator. The rest of the pipes are unpolished. Everything you see when it is installed on the car is polished, and it looks very, very nice.

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All of the piping has nice smooth bends, and the welds look very good. The flanges are stamped, but they are strong and nice and flat. No issues with sealing. The connection to the downpipe allows for use of a donut gasket or a 3" flat gasket. This exhaust is very well put together, and completely lives up to my expectations for a "high end" exhaust.
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Here are a few more photos:





The finish on the exhaust is amazing. It is so shiny and smooth! The non-burnt, flared, double wall tips are my favorite style (visually) so this exhaust has been on my want-to-have list for a while now. I really love how it looks on the back of the car. It's similar to the SPT, but it's shiny and has much larger tips. IMO, it is the perfect look.

Here are two shots comparing the ARK and the GReddy:





The cans on the ARK look much cooler, but the GReddy looks very good too. Due to their designs, the ARK actually ends up being a little heavier than stock, and the GReddy is a little lighter than stock. It's always nice to save a few pounds. From a very low angle I did prefer the unique look of the ARK, but the rolled, burnt tips were not my style. I like the GReddy tips much better.

The build quality on both of these exhausts is excellent. It is no wonder that they are two of the more spendy options for our cars. The ARK does seem to be a bit more heavy duty (ie. thick solid flanges), but the GReddy is not lacking at all. They both have a tapered edge on the connection for the downpipe. This allows the use of a donut gasket without any major restriction.

I like the pipe routing on the GReddy. It has nice smooth bends for good flow, but it does not hang down as low as the SPT, Q300 or ARK. It tucks up under the car very nicely and allows for better ground clearance. The GReddy uses a resonator and small muffler. They do a good job in controlling the sound (more on this later).

The rearmost exhaust hangers are very close to the exhaust tips:





I had a very hard time getting the hangers on until I put a little Dawn dish soap onto the hanger. This made it slide right on! I have heard of this trick before, but never used it. After seeing how well it worked I "lubed" up all the other rubber hangers before installing it onto the car. It was incredible how much easier it made the install! All of the hangers just slipped right on with one hand.

Here is a photo of the dish soap on the hanger:



Unfortunately this time of year it is very hard for me to get an outdoor photo. I went out and tried a long exposure with multiple strobes, but the results are not that great. They'll have to do for now. I'll try to get better outdoor photos sometime when it is light out.





I found this exhaust to be very quiet. Probably the quietest one I've ever had on, besides stock. It is very close to stock from inside the car. There is zero drone at all. Even at cold idle it is not that loud. Outside of the car it has a decent amount of rumble, but still less than most others. Previously the ARK was the king of no drone, but this is at least as good, possibly better. I really like it! It looks great and doesn't have an overpowering sound. I will try to get a video up sometime soon.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:58 AM   #3
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Here is a quick "video" of the exhaust:


Unfortunately the video is just audio over still images. It was simply too dark for real video. Even at ISO6400, f/2.8, and 1/30sec shutter speed it was still nearly black. I had to use long exposure photos and the audio from the video clips.

As you can tell, this exhaust has a pretty mild sound signature. Especially paired with the EL headers it is very quiet inside the cab. It has zero drone at all. There is a little more noise outside, but it is not loud. The fit and finish is great, and the tips look amazing!








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Old 11-14-2012, 10:58 AM   #4
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OK, here are some daylight shots of the GReddy SP Elite:














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Old 11-14-2012, 11:09 AM   #5
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finally....excellent
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:21 AM   #6
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Beautiful!
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:41 AM   #7
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Definitely want to see a vid soon, sweet.
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Looks great! Love how it fills out the rear of the car!
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finally....excellent
Yes, yes, I am slow. I was hoping to get some good outdoor photos, but I don't know when that will happen.

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Beautiful!
Thanks!

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Definitely want to see a vid soon, sweet.
I'll try, but it's usually dark by the time I get home, so I'll have to try and fit it in on the weekend.

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Looks great! Love how it fills out the rear of the car!
Agreed. I think it's one of the only exhausts that has flared, double wall tips that are 4" diameter. I love that look.
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i meant finally about acquiring the exhaust, pics were fast for a photographer/perfectionist type like you..lol
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You want quality or speed?

I was sitting on most of the photos since Monday. I was hoping to get outdoor and possibly video before posting, but it doesn't look like that is going to happen any time soon.
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Well I appreciate your attention to detail, but I'm a troll.
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I think you may have sold me on it... mostly because of these 2 comments:

sound: "I found this [...] very quiet. Probably the quietest one. There is zero drone at all. Even at cold idle it is not that loud."

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clearance: " but it does not hang down as low as the SPT, Q300 or ARK. It tucks up under the car very nicely and allows for better ground clearance"

I want better flow with little sacrifice to ride comfort and little sacrifice to clearance... I just don't like how most aftermarket exhausts are SO visible from outside... a bit of an eye soar to me, so this greddy seems like it fits the bill...

Very eager for sound clips!
(PS: if you ever decide for another one because you get bored, I'm first in the line!)
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^Those two things are very big for me. This exhaust is great in both regards. Add to that, that it's probably my favorite looking exhaust and it really fits me well.
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Congrats! Looks great! Welcome to the GReddy SP club, you saved the best for last. (Sound clip please)

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Last? Hopefully

I'll try to get a video sometime.
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Oh man! Thanks for posting this.

Gotta look into this. The q300 was too loud for me.
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Need video!
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Damn Ben looks great. I am now between this and the ARK. Both sound great
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How much more quite would you say compared to the SPT?
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Oh man! Thanks for posting this.

Gotta look into this. The q300 was too loud for me.
Seems way quieter than the Q300 to me.

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This is why I try to wait to post until I have everything done!

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Damn Ben looks great. I am now between this and the ARK. Both sound great
They're both really nice. I like the look of the Greddy more. ARK is a bit louder.

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How much more quite would you say compared to the SPT?
It is quieter for sure. It's probably right between stock and SPT. SPT has very little drone but this has none.
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Looks great bud!
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Here is a quick "video" of the exhaust:


Unfortunately the video is just audio over still images. It was simply too dark for real video. Even at ISO6400, f/2.8, and 1/30sec shutter speed it was still nearly black. I had to use long exposure photos and the audio from the video clips.

As you can tell, this exhaust has a pretty mild sound signature. Especially paired with the EL headers it is very quiet inside the cab. It has zero drone at all. There is a little more noise outside, but it is not loud. The fit and finish is great, and the tips look amazing!







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nice.

are your overlay's fading?
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nice.

are your overlay's fading?
No, not at all. The color looked kind of weird under the parking lot lights, so I turned the saturation down to -2 and did some other processing and unfortunately it made them look a little faded. The photos were 30 second exposures!
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