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Old 05-29-2003, 12:08 PM   #1
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Angry 2.5 RS muffler *update*

First off i would like to thank everyone for the advise on the Magnaflow muffler. I had one installed this morning cause as fate would have it the WRX muffler the moron installed on my RS broke at the welds and fell off. Anyway I took it to the shop and we got it on the lift and behold more exhaust problems . Seems like someone wanted to do their own half ass exhaust mod on the car and made custom , new quote unquote headers for the car. Not to mention the pushed the Cat back and extented the wiring with some L flange into the pipe. Anyway take it from me what a welded mess. So what to do??

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1. i live in CA ( smog BS and all) can i get a set of headers the are CARB approved. Maybe the Borla one??

2. Anway sell an intermediate pipe with the high flow cat in the right location?



anway the muffler rocks and gave the car way better performance. So now i just need to fix the rest of it.

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Old 05-29-2003, 12:21 PM   #2
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Stephen,

Glad to hear the exhaust is getting fixed up. I wish I had an answer for you in regards to the midpipe / cat install. How is the sound level of the Magnaflow and which model # did you get. I've been trying to decide between the Magnaflow and a Bullet Performance muffler.

Any info would be much appreciated.

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Old 05-29-2003, 02:38 PM   #3
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Stephen,

Glad to hear the exhaust is getting fixed up. I wish I had an answer for you in regards to the midpipe / cat install. How is the sound level of the Magnaflow and which model # did you get. I've been trying to decide between the Magnaflow and a Bullet Performance muffler.

Any info would be much appreciated.

Ken
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Did you see my review on the Bullet Performance muffler? http://www.subarureview.com/showreview.php?id=856
I got part #214161. I really like my muffler, but remember... the Bullet Performance muffler is 16" long whereas the Magnaflow is 14" long. I'm sure the extra 2" helped with the quietness at cruise. It's even quieter than idle at 2000 rpm! In all, I think both mufflers are great sounding mufflers.

Here's a post on my car: http://www.rs25.com/Forums/showthrea...&threadid=7919
The exhaust tip is on page two.
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Old 05-29-2003, 05:21 PM   #4
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Ahhhh, that's the link I remember reading. The tip (and the whole car) look awsome. Thanks

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Old 05-29-2003, 09:48 PM   #5
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the muffler was just a 14 inch non stainless steel. Just got it at the muffler shop. It looks like Kickin_81's muffler. We took off the tip of the WRX the car had and put it on the Magnaflow. The sound if great. Not loud in the car but still give the car that deep sound. Not Rice deep either. As performance all i can say is WOW. Feel like a car again. Got some more TQ and HP out of it. It only cost me like $140 for the whole thing. Now I just need to get the rest of the issues solved or maybe just wait and get a turbo

I will try to post pics later in the week. Does anyone know of a good upload site.


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Old 05-30-2003, 09:14 AM   #6
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Thanks for the comment, Reidski!

wrxdrivingbastard, you may need to get an aftermarket header for yourself. Cobb is still in the works of their version of an equal length header. Cobb is determined to provide quality products for the people, so it may be CARB legal. It won't be out just yet. And the price is going to be in the $800 range. ...or you can get a Borla and be done with it for less than $300. Not much of a difference in performance though. I don't know if it's CARB approved.
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Old 05-31-2003, 05:47 AM   #7
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Borla headers are not highway legal in Cali...

Random technology makes a very nice mandrel bent pipe with high flow cat that replaces the two stock cats off of the headers. It's a little pricey, but a nice piece.

I think, if I were in your situation, I would get Brullen headers and midpipe, which should bolt up to your muffler. They are equal length and have been shown to make the biggest gain in HP. I believe that you can get the midpipe w/ a highflow cat from them, but I'm not 100% on that. Even if it doesn't have one, you could get a Catco cat welded into the midpipe for $70... they're super cheap. MRT has a similar system to Brullen and I know that you can get a cat built into theirs.... no idea on CARB legality for either though....

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Old 05-31-2003, 09:37 AM   #8
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If hes EVER considering turboing his car, Borla headers are the only way to go.. I got mine for $270 shipped from www.ptuning.com.
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