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Old 04-23-2001, 09:21 AM   #1
Scooby_WL
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Thumbs up Borla- is there anything else?

Well, Boys and Girls;

After an impatient wait, my Borla stainless
cat-back system finally arrived from
SPO Motorsports Friday. (I have nothing but good to say about SPO.....thanks!)

Backed the car up on ramps, popped the hood and disconnected the battery to do the ECU
reset as I was working under the car.

Removal of the factory system was 5 minutes;
Unbolt the two spring-loaded bolts at the
cat flange; drop the system from the hangers,
working towards the back of the car. 4 hangers total. Couldn't be easier.

Putting th Borla on was just as easy, with one exception.

Start by inserting the mid-pipe into the tailpipe, and start placing it in the hangers, from rear of car forward.

The bolts at the flange were the big PIA, however. The Borla flange is substantially
thicker than the factory one, so I struggled for 30 minutes to try and compress the springs with one hand while starting the nut on the bolt with the other hand. Impossible, from my position laying on the garage floor.

I got one bolt started with the nut on the end; then ended up using 2 pairs of vicegrips- One pair clamping the flanges together (against the spring) and the other
pair actually compressing the spring.)
After a little trial-and-error (and some mild
cursing!) It was done.

So, the moment of truth....and.......

YEE HAWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

Totally different character. It doesn't even
remotely sound like the same car. Startup
produced a BARK followed by a low rumble like that of a small-block V-8. Appropriately for a "Scooby", the closest word I can think of to describe the sound is ......"WOOF!"

After idling for 30 minutes and shutting it off, the test drive beckoned.

Wow. What a sound. A small but noticeable performance increase thru the entire powerband, as well. Did I mention the sound? It pops and roars on downshifting, just like I had hoped. At cruising speed and low RPM, it's barely louder than stock, but driven aggressively, and it sounds
brutal!

The biggest improvement seemed to be smoothness at throttle just-off-idle. Very
linear, where before there was a slight bog
or hesitation.

Anyway, the quality of the Stainless steel
is gorgeous, almost too nice to hide under the car. The tip even looks better than I had expected. For $365 in full stainless,
why buy anything else?

For a N/A car, 2" is optimum for even
across-the-board power gains, just as Borla
engineers have already known.

Pictures to come this afternoon on my website.


Very happy,

Brent
http://y42.photos.yahoo.com/bc/scooby_wl




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Old 04-23-2001, 10:31 AM   #2
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I feel the same way man. Much love to Borla. The cat flange was hard. I used the same vice grip technique too. It took about 30min. I'm loving the power and sound.
I would suggest this setup for any N/A Scoobie.
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Old 04-23-2001, 11:18 AM   #3
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I agree the Borla is the best sounding exhaust I have heard on the 2.5. However, as far as your Borla engineers statement, if you look at Borla's website the reason they use 2" pipe is becuae it was "engineered" for the 2.2 engine which makes much less power, not the 2.5
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Old 04-23-2001, 11:14 PM   #4
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You URL doesn't show any pics available. Been trying - nothing.

- Steve
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Old 04-24-2001, 01:30 AM   #5
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Question

Hmmmmmmm.......

It was working earlier this evening......

Try it again now, it seems to work for me.


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Old 04-24-2001, 01:48 AM   #6
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Talking

I am so happy to hear some feedback on the Borla. I am planning on buying one but did not see or hear of anyone who had one on their car. Glad to know it was an easy install aside from the flange.

Now I want one even more. By the way what type and size is the tip?
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Old 04-24-2001, 01:55 AM   #7
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Smile

Tip is 4"

Check out my new photo page for pics....
I'm loading pictures as we speak
http://y42.photos.yahoo.com/bc/scooby_wl


If anyone can tell me how to post a
.wav file, I'll post a recording I made of
it as well.

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Old 04-24-2001, 09:39 AM   #8
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Can you please post the pics to the board, I HATE Yahoo. I cannot even begin to describe. For some reason it is asking me for a password to login when I try to go to your page, then all of my passwords are wrong (and there are not that many things it could be). I have this problem every time with my mail groups too, since Yahoo bought out e-groups and turned it all to ****!!! I hate Yahoo!!!!!!!!

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Old 04-24-2001, 12:26 PM   #9
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Me too, screw Yahoo.
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Old 04-24-2001, 12:42 PM   #10
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Question

I checked the permissions to the website, and
it's public.....it shouldn't be asking you for a login. Hmmmmm, again.

I like Yahoo photos because they don't lose
all the resolution like MSN photo sites do, and they can be posted at full size.

Oh well, I tried.....

If someone can tell me how to attach a picture, and or a ".wav" file, I'll do it....


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Old 04-24-2001, 04:27 PM   #11
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I thought that 2.25" was ideal for the 2.25?
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Old 04-24-2001, 06:17 PM   #12
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Here, let me try it...
<IMG SRC="http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/8c1646a1/bc/Scooby/BORLA_2---1.jpg?bchl256AjdtavahK" border=0>
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Old 04-24-2001, 07:04 PM   #13
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Very clean Scooby you have there! The 4" tip doesn't look that bad either.


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Old 04-25-2001, 02:38 AM   #14
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A few pics of my Borla......universial

<IMG SRC="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1166234&a=8579600&p=34862663" border=0>

<IMG SRC="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1166234&a=8579600&p=36971662" border=0>


<IMG SRC="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1166234&a=8579600&p=36971740" border=0>


Looks......fits.....sounds....GREAT

Peas,
AaRoN

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Old 04-25-2001, 06:34 AM   #15
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Yes I too have heard and belive that 2.25" is ideal for the EJ25 as the stock exhaust is 1.75" so only increasing .25" will make minimal performance gains, sound however will be improved based on the muffler. 2.00" is a great size for the 2.2L

Borla rules don't get me wrong. And I love hearing about new cheaper set-ups. That's why I have a stainles 2.25" midpipe and STi back box. It was cheaper than SS Strogumn and well quieter.

Congrats on you install!

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Old 04-27-2001, 12:25 AM   #16
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Syms has N/A headers that they were coming out with. Check with SPO Motorsports.
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Old 04-27-2001, 01:27 AM   #17
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Scooby_WL, Thanks for the info on the tip and the pics. Looks great on your car

Hopefully on mine too.
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