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Old 02-22-2001, 04:29 PM   #1
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Post Stromung getting to me, I need something quiter...

Maybe its my old age but my Stromung dual-tip is finally starting to sound too loud. Normally I drive alone and have the stereo pretty well cranked but lately my wife & I have been taking out the RS instead of the Outback and you can barely carry on a conversation in the car between the exhaust and all the damn rattles.

Anyone directly compare the noise levels of the Stromung and the Subie Performance exhaust or is there another better performing exhaust that is a bit quieter? I don't want to shell out more $$$ and get another too loud exhaust.

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Old 02-22-2001, 04:51 PM   #2
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Old 02-22-2001, 05:49 PM   #3
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Is it really that bad? I am researching exhausts for my L and I want as many opinions as I can get. Anything you could tell me will help, thanks a lot!
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Old 02-22-2001, 05:54 PM   #4
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Do you have the mid-pipe, too? If not, I've heard that it shifts the noise to the rear of the car, and helps lower the sound level in the cabin.
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Old 02-22-2001, 06:54 PM   #5
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You likely just need a better resonator. The little stock resonator is probably toast and wasn't much even new. I had a couple of custom midpipes welded up and they make a significant difference. A 14" resonator fits easily. My second midpipe was the quietest, it had 2" tubing from the cat to the resonator and 2.25" tubing from the resonator back. I would try the midpipe first, this will cost you maybe $80, which is most likely less than the cost of selling/shipping the Stromung and making up the difference for a new setup. If it still isn't quiet enough then the midpipe is easily salable and you are no worse off for having tried it.
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Old 02-22-2001, 07:19 PM   #6
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OK, where do you get a mid-pipe for the RS?

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Old 02-22-2001, 07:27 PM   #7
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Ok, never mind, found it at Teagues. This really helps?

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Old 02-22-2001, 07:58 PM   #8
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your quiet stromung is too loud??

your nuts...unless you have a exhaust leak.

now if you rode in my car you would flip out cuz it is loud.

get the subaru brospeed or a mrt exhaust.
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Old 02-22-2001, 08:04 PM   #9
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Man, I agree. Even with my 2.5" Stromung, which is supposed to be slightly louder than the 2.25", the wife and I could carry on normal conversation just fine. Mind you, we couldn't at WOT, but duh!

And I'm in a Legacy wagon, which is supposed to exacerbate the Stromung sound, too.

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Old 02-22-2001, 09:36 PM   #10
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A midpipe will change the amplitude of the sound. If you just change the muffler in any car it will be louder than if you changed from the cat-back.
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Old 02-22-2001, 11:39 PM   #11
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Tim - Dale is a great guy but you don't need to buy one from across the country. Any competent muffler shop (not Midas) can weld one up. Look in the phone book for a local shop which has "performance exhaust" in their ad.

Does it help? Of course. When you set a 14" long, 2.25" flange resonator next to the dinky little factory one it is clear that it will sound different. They wear out over time and the one in your midpipe probably has its best days behind it. The pitch will be lower and the overall noise level muted. Doing the tubing right helps too. My 2"->2.25" resonated midpipe was quieter than my straight 2.25" resonated midpipe.

And don't listen to anybody who tells you to just suck it up. Noise perception is very subjective, and if you don't like the noise level then it's too loud, no matter what Joe Blow thinks. I would agree that a Stromung with an unresonated midpipe is uncomfortably loud on the freeway, even for a short trip.
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Old 02-23-2001, 06:58 AM   #12
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<font color=red size=5>STi! STi!</font>

With a 2.25" non-resonated midpipe, it is perfect! louder and better looking than stock, yet quiter than Strogumn. I love it!

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Isn't it perdy?

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Old 02-23-2001, 07:02 AM   #13
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Old 02-23-2001, 07:20 AM   #14
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How about a midpipe with just the stock muffler?
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Old 02-23-2001, 07:38 AM   #15
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The Stromung mid pipe mellows the sound out and does move it back.....I can talk normally over mine and I have removed all the sound deadening from my trink.....
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Old 02-23-2001, 07:51 AM   #16
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Send a PM to Greborb, he did the same thing as you. I also went this way and changed my Stromung to a Brospeed from ISR. Soooooo much quieter. Stromung was killing me in my OBS.

I nearly tried a mid pipe, Greborb did... but since he still gave it up, I decided to just change the muffler.
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Old 02-23-2001, 01:55 PM   #17
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I just put my Stomung on last week, and it wasn't as loud in the cabin as I thought it would be. Does it have a tendancy to get louder over time? Of couse, my last car was a MY91 Camaro RS, 305 V8, and it had NO muffler, rusted through and fell off. Guess I got used to that noise in the cabin!
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Old 02-23-2001, 01:59 PM   #18
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Omahasubaru, whats a "Strogumn"?


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Old 02-24-2001, 03:36 AM   #19
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Yes! I've heard the STi muffler running from Greborb's Impreza. He's also a member here in the north forum. It's the best muffler I've heard over Stromung and universal mufflers. It's got a very low rumble to it. Sounds like a V8 rumble. I don't know if he's got a mid-pipe with that set-up though.
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Old 02-24-2001, 03:00 PM   #20
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Wait a second..the dual tip Stromung is so loud that you can't carry on a conversation with your wife? Does Stromung make them with three tips?
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Old 02-24-2001, 05:25 PM   #21
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Very funny, Bob..

Seriously, knowing nothing and contemplating replacing the stock muffler on my OBS to gain a few hp, but not wanting a sound problem...

Is there a correlation between loudness and gains in horsepower? Or none whatsoever???
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Old 02-24-2001, 05:27 PM   #22
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Oh and by the way, Tim...

What exactly do you mean by "old"? Maybe I can gauge whether your muffler would be too loud for me if I knew that... If you say old is 35, I'm a goner and there's no way my poor ears could take that exhaust!!
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Old 02-24-2001, 06:15 PM   #23
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I'm in my early 40's so I'm pretty much an old-timer in the Impreza crowd. If the thing just didn't make max noise under my seat at highway cruising rpm's it would be great and the dual-tip just belongs on the car.

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Old 02-24-2001, 06:27 PM   #24
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Tim:
Well, I'm ahead of you a few years, so Strom's out for me.. I had a Borla recommended and just asking around about that kind.. Will take my time, in no hurry to have my ears assaulted!
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Old 02-24-2001, 10:52 PM   #25
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The STI catback system is the best. For you over 40 guys, it demonstrates intelligence and good judgement. It's loud and cool enough so people whip around and look...and say "Whatzat?" Sounds great with Borla headers!
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