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Old 09-06-2003, 05:20 AM   #1
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Default Just installed APS turbo back/review pics and sound

Well, my first mod is done and all I can say is, yipee!
The car sounds like a monster at full throttle...Damn I love it!!! The main reason I went with this set up was primarily the noise factor. Living in OC california kinda limits what you can do in a sense. And my previous experiances with modded japanese cars has taught me that stealth is the best way to do things. any way, the exhaust looks pretty stock and the sound levels are low. Idle sound is less than on the stock muffler. I feel like the low end respose is better, not much, but it seems better. The upper end also seems to have more power. The sound though has to be where this exhaust shines. Never before have I heard a 4 cylinder sound so down right mean. Its a great rich sound, not tingy at all or raspy. All in all I'm very happy with it. It was a hard choice between the greddy + other down pipe, this one has the hi-flow cat and sound quality is good. I definitely recomend it, the Sti has a voice now. I'll do my best to get sound clip up, cause I know its important to prospective buyers (well it was for me) and possibly pictures if any one wants to see...

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Old 09-06-2003, 07:47 AM   #2
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Where do you live in California?

Where did you buy the exhaust?

How much did you pay?

Did you install it yourself? Any comments?

Thanks for the great review!
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Old 09-06-2003, 05:45 PM   #3
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I live in Orange county california and I purchased the exhaust from Costa Mesa Subaru for around 1330 after tax. Originally I was gunna have them instal it but there was a time conflict instead I went to
Rally Sport Engineering ,Paul is the owner and He did a good job, I still have to let him know how I like it. He said that there are 2 bungs on the exhaust and he had to modify the heat sheild by the turbo, but other than that he said it weant smoothly. Fortunatly I haven't heard it rub against the diff. I'll do my best to get picts and sounds up by today.

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Old 09-06-2003, 06:19 PM   #4
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Pictures! and Sound Clips!

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Old 09-06-2003, 10:49 PM   #5
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Old 09-06-2003, 11:21 PM   #6
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looks stock and sounds great!!!
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Old 09-08-2003, 05:30 PM   #7
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I have the APS turbo-back, fitment is perfect and there are no fitment issues, yes they are 2 O2 bungs on it, the bottom one is for the stock rear O2 sensor and the one by the bellmouth downpipe is for an optionally aftermarket O2 sensor. It comes pre-capped. The turbo heat shield is a 2 part shield. Top and bottom. Basically u get rid of the bottom shield and dremel or cut the upper one on the side for make room for the big bellmouth downpipe. Other than that is fine.

gompachi: I would highly recommend the APS 65mm intake.

Maybe we can meet one of these days to check out our cars. I am in L.A.
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Old 09-08-2003, 06:07 PM   #8
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nice it sounde very good, did u get any cel's?
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Old 09-08-2003, 06:53 PM   #9
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I have had my turbo-backd and 65mm intake for about 2k miles, not a single CEL.
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Old 09-08-2003, 09:12 PM   #10
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no CEL yet and I don't think I will get one with this exhaust. Glad to hear more people have this setup. Its the first exhaust I've really enjoyed (had Apex'i and greddy on previous cars).

zacek: Well, I live in Southern OC and I don't go towards LA much any more. But If you're ever in there area or If I'm on my way up there and things work out time wise, than, sure. Is the intake just the pipe (for lack of a beter word) that leads to the intercooler or both a filter and the pipe? Also, do you know anyone with a STI that has installed it. I've seen on this forum and others that the STI has some lean out issues when increasing the flow from the intake side.

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Old 09-09-2003, 02:12 PM   #11
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The intake includes the K&N Filter cone and the pipe goes up to the flex plastic tube right after the MAF sensor, the "air duct" as SOA calls it remains the same.

I have a set of EGT, A/F and BOOST gauges, after 2 days of drving all went back to normal. My car runs very healthy. I will be installing some HKS headers over the weekend.
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Old 09-12-2003, 03:28 PM   #12
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gompachi: I don't see any STi-specific turbobacks at APS. Did you use the WRX one? If so, I guess that means WRX turboback==STi turbo back.

Also, where did you get it from?
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Old 09-13-2003, 08:22 PM   #13
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Check the 3rd post from the top on where I got the exhaust from. As far as A Sti specific Turbo back, I just used the wrx one. I believe its part number shoe-02. The fit is perfect and I'm realy enjoying it. Here's a link I've captured from a website. I can't seem to find this in the APS website, but found it under ISR Performance APS 3" Turbo back

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Old 09-25-2003, 11:57 PM   #14
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gompachi - Nice exhaust and sound clip. Did I hear change flying around when you shifted in the clip?
I wanted to ask you about comparing the Greddy to the APS exhaust. I was thinking of the best combo for me (power gains and low agressive tone) and I came up with the TSX downpipe/racepipe and the Greddy catback for sound. We seem to have similar likes in exhausts. Which exhaust sound do you like more and did you have any problems with the Greddy. Which was louder? There's so many aftermarket exhausts out there - I need all the help I can get...

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Old 09-26-2003, 06:16 AM   #15
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300blueballs - Nope, that wasn't change, those where my keys bouncing around. Well, I never had a Greddy Evo on my Sti, but I did have one on my Integra back in days and I liked it. I ended up bending the exhaust while I backed into a curb one fine day. My only issues with the Greddy are 1, the tip is really big for my taste which leads to 2, with such a large tip and my past experience with cops, I decided that Greddy wasn't for me. 3, I've heard that Greddy exhausts are not fully stainless steel, which isn't a good thing in my book (especially since you live in the North East where it snows). As far as the APS exhaust, I'm totally happy with it. After 3 weeks, I've become accustom to the sound, but I still love its unique sound. Its really fun when you pull up next to an American car and decide to make a quick 0-60 run. Boy, are they surprised to hear a sound like that out of a Japanese car. It makes me smile every time. If I had to make the decision all over again, I'd choose the APS. I think APS offers a down pipe instead of the cat, if you're interested. Well, any way, good luck in finding an exhaust. Its definitely worth it, it just makes this car better and more vocal.

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Old 12-03-2003, 08:19 PM   #16
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Question aps exhaust

is yours the 3 inch catted or 3 inch cat-less???
I'm interested in the cat-less and wondering if being cat-less will effect the sound b/c I love the sound of yours...

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Old 01-12-2004, 01:21 AM   #17
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catless is 2db louder according to the APS website.

gompachi is that the 4" tip? i just bought one and it looks alot bigger than that. didn't put it on yet though.
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Old 01-15-2004, 06:22 PM   #18
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sounds awesome...now just take the rest of those keys of the keychain!
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Old 01-26-2004, 10:59 AM   #19
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Well, my first mod is done and all I can say is, yipee!
The car sounds like a monster at full throttle...Damn I love it!!!
I heartily agree!! I've had the exhaust sitting in my garage for a month, and finally got it installed yesterday. It's amazing.

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any way, the exhaust looks pretty stock and the sound levels are low. Idle sound is less than on the stock muffler. I feel like the low end respose is better, not much, but it seems better. The upper end also seems to have more power.
Well, I kinda agree- IMHO, both low end and high end response are markedly improved- low end ESPECIALLY!
I can't agree w/ the idle sound- mebbe your stock STi muffler had a hole in it!?
Idle on mine is definitely louder- now it sounds just like it should! Yummeee.

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The sound though has to be where this exhaust shines. Never before have I heard a 4 cylinder sound so down right mean. Its a great rich sound, not tingy at all or raspy. All in all I'm very happy with it. It was a hard choice between the greddy + other down pipe, this one has the hi-flow cat and sound quality is good. I definitely recomend it, the Sti has a voice now.
Yeah, I couldn't agree more- the exhaust is top notch quality for fit, finish and performance...and the sound simply awesome!
I am SOOOooOOoooOO happy!

Russ Rainforth

PS- thanks to Bailey for hosting, and my wife Tina and buddy Phil for helping wrench on the car.
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