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Old 07-31-2013, 10:20 AM   #1
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Question Exhaust Q / Exhaust Shop Rec?

Looks like the stock intermediate pipe on my '05 sti had a mental breakdown which resulted in it cracking straight through (about a foot behind the flange for the donut gasket, and about a foot ahead of the resonator).

Please forgive the really dumb question that follows, but since I have zero welding experience... is this something that can just be fixed/welded back together, or would it be better to just replace the intermediate pipe whole?

If welding is possible, does anyone have any recommendations for a place that can do this (eastern MA is preferred).

If replacement is better -- would something like the stromung intermediate pipe be a good call? The absolute last thing I want is to be hassled at inspection time, though, or to attract attention while driving around, but my guess is that since all the cats and muffler would still be intact, it should be ok. Just not a fan of $300+ for a stock unit.

Any help is much appreciated, as always!
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:08 AM   #2
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You will probably want to just replace it. A midpipe won't effect your emissions/inspection unless it's leaking.
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:30 AM   #3
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thanks. my guess is you're likely right (replacement on a car that's seen this many winters up here is the way to go).

anyone know if a mid-pipe without a resonator in it makes the car louder?

as a short-term solution, i'll see if this works, since the break in the pipe is at a very odd place -- absolute middle of the pipe, far away from any welds:
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could work... or could just snap more of the pipe when I go to tighten the clamp... guess we'll know soon enough.

thanks again.
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Old 07-31-2013, 04:33 PM   #4
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whats up come by my shop somtime we can fix it for you and give you a free estimate... I got a 04 wrx the manager has an 04 sti..... Lous custom exhaust one in Plymouth,westport, and quincy..... http://www.lousmuffler.com/
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:43 PM   #5
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You can weld the crack up as long as the pipe isn't too thin from rust. If it's thin and rusty the welder will just blow holes in it. Band clamp would work out fine, again if the pipe isn't thin.

You could probably pick up a used stock mid pipe in great shape for $20 in the classified section. People took them off for aftermarket with low miles.
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:13 PM   #6
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whats up come by my shop somtime we can fix it for you and give you a free estimate... I got a 04 wrx the manager has an 04 sti..... Lous custom exhaust one in Plymouth,westport, and quincy..... http://www.lousmuffler.com/
^ these guys do nice work. I've had my bugeye there a few times for welding!
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:54 PM   #7
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^ these guys do nice work. I've had my bugeye there a few times for welding!
Thanks buddy the company is a franchise but we definitely stick out from the bunch..
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