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Old 03-06-2013, 09:45 AM   #1
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I had a 03 bugeye for a while with an 18g turbo set up, i kept getting misfires on all 4 cylinders so i pulled the motor and swapped in a new EJ205 and went cobb stage 2 and got a good offer on the car and sold it. Ive been driving around a 04 TL for a while now and want back in a subie, so i priced out a 2013 base WRX, and i was wondering was it worth it to add the SPT exhaust if i have the money or should i go with something else? From what ive heard on youtube the SPT exhaust sounds good, but most people have SPT w/ a dp, i was hoping somebody could shed some light on this. Does the SPT exhaust from subaru sound decent and is it worth the money? Thanks!
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:21 AM   #2
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When I got my wrx, the salesman said it wasn't worth it because it drones badly and is more expensive than other aftermarket exhausts. So I don't have any experience with the spt exhaust, but I do have the nameless 4 inch muffled axleback and it sounds amazing and it only costs $400. Also no drone at all. So my advise to you is to skip the spt and get something else. I think you would be happier
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:32 AM   #3
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I have the spt on my 2011 5 door. I bought it used from a guy that had it for 8k miles. Currently its got a Cobb catted dp and spt back and I think it sounds great with no drone. When I first installed it I had the oem dp and it still sounded great with no problems. I think its worth it if you want to stay close to stock without going crazy. The exhaust used to be around 1,000 bucks. Now they have come down to around 700 new. I couldn't see if your base 13 you were looking into was a hatch or sedan so not sure if this even helps you out.
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:44 AM   #4
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I have a 2013 Base Hatch with the SPT exhaust. It sounds great and does not drone.

I am a 40+ and don't really have a desire to just make noise (had had my share of loud redneck exhausts), but the standard muffler setup has no audible feedback at all....

I am unlikely to mod the car anytime soon, and felt like the factory SPT setup was a great way to get a nice sound with none of the hassles of an aftermarket installation...
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:57 AM   #5
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I just posted about the SPT droning. Some people say its quiet, some say its pretty damn loud. I definitely would NOT say its quiet.

Maybe its the difference between one car to the next and/or our ears...either way I'd suggest riding in someone's car that has one if you have the opportunity. Its a quality piece (aside from the stamped flanges) and seems to be the most bassey of all aftermarket exhausts.

BTW..I'm in my 30's and not looking to simply make noise, just want to enhance the experience
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:04 AM   #6
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OP. is it a hatch or sedan you're thinking of purchasing? Makes a big difference as far as catback/axle back options and the droning issue.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:25 AM   #7
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I've had my SPT on a 2011 WRX and my current 2013 STi. Both of them sedans. I think the sound is perfect. The drone at highway speeds is very minimal to nonexistent. When you get on the throttle you get a nice deep rumble. The cars felt incomplete without it.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:55 AM   #8
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My WRX premium sedan came with the SPT exhaust, and I can say that it does drone. It only gets bothersome to me if I'm not listening to any music and I'm focusing on the droning. Otherwise it's tolerable "to me" and I can honestly say that I like the way it sounds overall especially when I get on it.

It really all depends on your tolerance level.
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:01 PM   #9
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Haha, given the conflicting opinions it seems your only chance is to find someone that has the SPT exhaust and listen to it person.
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:08 PM   #10
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I just bought a 2013 5 door with the SPT exhaust. It is loud on cold mornings when you try to make a quiet getaway. All other times, it sounds perfect, I have no regrets.
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:39 PM   #11
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It sound different on the sedan and the hatch. I have SPT exhaust on my Hatch WRX. It isn't loud at all if your windows are up. If your windows are down you'll hear it more. Rear passengers will hear a bit louder noise windows up or down. I always drive with my windows up on the freeway so I can't tell if it's droning but it isn't annoying to me at all. Sounds like a normal car. You could probably get other exhaust but if you want to be OEM then the SPT exhaust definitely worths $888.
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:50 PM   #12
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I would get it if you aren't currently looking at other exhausts. It is a little loud, but was not too bad. Wished I checked that option now when I bought my sti. . .
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:12 PM   #13
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Haha, given the conflicting opinions it seems your only chance is to find someone that has the SPT exhaust and listen to it person.
This is your best bet. I'm always amazed that people say it's too loud, or that it drones.

I have mine on my 2012 hatch. It's too quiet, and if there's any drone, the stock tires drown it out on the highway. Seriously.

Then again, my last car was yell-at-your-backseat-passenger loud.

For me, though, I wanted my car delivered in a state that I wouldn't have to touch it for a while, AND I had VIP pricing on the car, and all options and accessories. So, in my opinion, it worked out. I got that, the all weather mats, and cargo tray for less than the base price. I was ok with that.
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:12 PM   #14
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I have the Cobb Catback... it's a tiny bit louder than the SPT. So....................... eh?
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:12 PM   #15
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I have the Cobb Catback... it's a tiny bit louder than the SPT. So....................... eh?
Interesting. I had the SPT on my 2012 5 door and switched to Cobb. I feel the Cobb Catback is quiter and does not drone like the SPT Catback. I was using the Cobb DP with both.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:15 PM   #16
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I has stock DP. I guess it's my ears vs yours lol. They're really close.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:21 PM   #17
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So my advise to you is to skip the spt and get something else. I think you would be happier
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:22 AM   #18
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I have the SPT exhaust on my 2009 WRX and the only reason it's on there is because it came with the car from the original owner. Otherwise, I would definitely recommend something like an Invidia Q300 or another aftermarket exhaust. Subaru is going to charge you a boatload of money for it and there are better products on the market. Don't get me wrong, it does sound good but honestly, it's not worth the price. Just my $.02!
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:29 AM   #19
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Remember exhausts sound MUCH different on a sedan vs. a hatch. So make sure you're listening to advices from people with the same model.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:31 AM   #20
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My friend got an SPT on his 2013 sti, he got $500 in subie bucks which he used to put toward it, if he didn't have that I'd probably not recommend it. It sounds good, way better than stock(sounds like a camry stock, lol) but there are better aftermarket alternatives for cheaper
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:48 AM   #21
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If you get a good price on it... like say dealer cost for the SPT exhaust, and then if you get it as a port installed item, you save on install cost, it comes with the car so no hassle from the dealer and it's covered under a 3y/36K warranty.

I have it on my 2013 Hatch and it sounds great, it's louder for the first 500-1000 miles but that's pretty standard for all exhaust. I just broke the 1K mile mark so I've been driving it harder and I must say that it really brings out the boxer rumble nicely. The tone is a bit higher pitched than my other WRX but the idle/low RPM engine rumble from the 2.5 makes a good combination. My other WRX has a Borla 3" w/ XR-1 and it's technically louder at high RPM with a slightly lower tone, but doesn't give the same rumble at all at idle or low RPM.

In the end I took the SPT cuz it was easier to deal with, sounds great, and is a good match for the car but it still looks stock and doesn't attract near as much negative attention as my bugeye.
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:02 PM   #22
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If you get a good price on it... like say dealer cost for the SPT exhaust, and then if you get it as a port installed item, you save on install cost, it comes with the car so no hassle from the dealer and it's covered under a 3y/36K warranty.

I have it on my 2013 Hatch and it sounds great, it's louder for the first 500-1000 miles but that's pretty standard for all exhaust. I just broke the 1K mile mark so I've been driving it harder and I must say that it really brings out the boxer rumble nicely. The tone is a bit higher pitched than my other WRX but the idle/low RPM engine rumble from the 2.5 makes a good combination. My other WRX has a Borla 3" w/ XR-1 and it's technically louder at high RPM with a slightly lower tone, but doesn't give the same rumble at all at idle or low RPM.

In the end I took the SPT cuz it was easier to deal with, sounds great, and is a good match for the car but it still looks stock and doesn't attract near as much negative attention as my bugeye.
^ What he said. But go listen to one in person to see if that's what you're looking for. The SPT looks nowhere near stock lol. The exhaust tips are HUGE. Make sure you clean them often though if you get it. They look good when they're shiny and new but after some dirt and salt they look gross.
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:21 PM   #23
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Sound is to subjective to discuss IMO, but it is louder more agressive than stock, but doesn't scream pull me over. Here in VA that is a huge concern, because they love exhaust tickets.

Not going to lie I have thought about getting one for my 2013 wrx. If I can get a deal on one I would probably jump on it.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:07 PM   #24
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I had a 03 bugeye for a while with an 18g turbo set up, i kept getting misfires on all 4 cylinders so i pulled the motor and swapped in a new EJ205 and went cobb stage 2 and got a good offer on the car and sold it. Ive been driving around a 04 TL for a while now and want back in a subie, so i priced out a 2013 base WRX, and i was wondering was it worth it to add the SPT exhaust if i have the money or should i go with something else? From what ive heard on youtube the SPT exhaust sounds good, but most people have SPT w/ a dp, i was hoping somebody could shed some light on this. Does the SPT exhaust from subaru sound decent and is it worth the money? Thanks!
i bought my 13 wrx with the stock exhaust, but ordered the spt exhaust the day i bought the car. drove the stock exhaust for about a week. the spt exhaust sounds 1 million times better than the stocker.

could i have found a comparable exhaust for less money? probably, if i really looked around. this one is installed by subaru and is included in the factory warranty. my next door neighbor has a 10 wrx with the spt exhaust (he just started it up, in fact, i can hear it from my living room) and that's what got me wanting mine.

is it worth it? only you can decide. i think it is...


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Old 03-07-2013, 03:21 PM   #25
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The SPT looks nowhere near stock lol. The exhaust tips are HUGE.
I guess size is subjective, too. I think they're just little baby tips. What are they, quad 3"? Aren't the Q300's like 4" each?

Dangit, you guys are making me regret my SPT exhaust. lol

I need another tax refund...
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