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Old 10-13-2003, 09:43 AM   #1
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Talking Borla "Hush" cat-back exhaust



I bought this exhaust from FastWRX.com. They were a pleasure to deal with but that review is for another forum. Since Borla has a couple different offerings for the WRX the part number of my exhaust is 140053.

I originally had the Buschur 2.5" turbo-back on my car. I loved the exhaust but hated the sound. My neighbors had a few words to say about it as well. That's when I switched back to stock and I started my search for a quiet upgraded exhaust. Looking stock was a bonus for the Borla.

There is zero droning inside the car, you almost hear nothing. On boost it has a nice growl to it but barely noticeable inside with the windows up. At idle it sounds just a tiny bit louder than stock. Sound clips of this exhaust on my car are being hosted HERE.

Installation was very easy; it took 30 minutes with the car backed up onto ramps. It has three sections to install. One front pipe assembly that bolts up to the stock cat. That piece connects to the mid pipe with a nice size silencer. Then finally to the muffler. Borla’s Accuseal clamps hold the pieces together. It took a little bit of time to get the pieces lined up right under the car. And even after all that time it looks like my tailpipe is off center. That's not a fault of the exhaust, but of the installer... me. The hangers allow for plenty of adjustment. I was making sure the midpipe was lined up and forgot to look at the tailpipes. I'll get back under it this weekend and move it around a bit to get it perfect.

I hope that helps anyone looking for more info from someone using this exhaust.
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Old 10-19-2003, 04:27 PM   #2
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I just got the same system and I also like it. It looks stock and is not loud at all, even at full throttle. I just got rid of a Blitz Nurspec system so this thing almost sounds stock to me. Also good luck getting the pipes perfectly straight. Do use those hanger retainer clips to your advantage though. Adjust the position of the pipe/muffler on the hanger and move the retainer into place so the pipe/muffler doesn't move. Good luck with it.
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Old 10-24-2003, 03:23 PM   #3
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Salutations Frogy:

Nice review, I am tempted to buy this exhaust. I want some performance gains, but I do not want to bring undo attention to myself.

Do you have any figures on performance increases?

Do you have any numbers pulled when using a decibel meter, inside at idle outside at redline etc?

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Old 10-27-2003, 07:35 PM   #4
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Man.. I loved the single tip on the other Borla but TOO loud... now they make this but I dont like the dual tip

Cant I be happy?
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Old 10-27-2003, 11:46 PM   #5
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Has anyone compaired the single and dual outlet systems? I have the single and like it but it is loud if I can keep the Borla sound but have just alittle less of it that would be the best.
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Old 11-09-2003, 10:16 AM   #6
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love this system, and I love the sound!

i just gotta remember that the #1 reason for getting a new exhaust is PERFORMANCE and #2 SOUND...so with that said, I need to wait for dynos..but i can barely hold myself back

hope it does better than the Greddy EVO, because that is my second choice.
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Old 11-29-2003, 06:56 PM   #7
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I just bought a borla hush for my STI and I was wondering about the hook up at the cat. I have a Perring DP and there is a flange there. The Borla has a flange there also, but there seems to be a bottle neck right there (right where the borla TBE and cat meets). I was wondering if I cut the cat flange off at the cat and take off the borla flange, will it hook up? Or maybe it will be too short?
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Old 12-02-2003, 12:01 PM   #8
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Has anyone compaired the single and dual outlet systems? I have the single and like it but it is loud if I can keep the Borla sound but have just alittle less of it that would be the best.
Rob
The new STi borla hush comes single outlet, looks same like STi tip. But I do not know if it will fit the WRX.
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Old 12-10-2003, 11:18 AM   #9
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Does anyone know if you can buy just the muffler section?
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Old 12-10-2003, 06:39 PM   #10
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Man.. I loved the single tip on the other Borla but TOO loud... now they make this but I dont like the dual tip

Cant I be happy?
I talked to the guys from borla at SEMA and found out that you can get the orginal single tip system in a dual tip set up...This made me happy because I love the sound of the single tip but wanted and a dual tip to look stock.....
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Old 12-12-2003, 08:00 PM   #11
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I also just installed the Borla "hush" and I love the sound. I have it installed on a wagon so you hear it a little more than the sedan, but it is not loud at all (just about perfect)! I will be getting a down pipe in the future so quiet was deffinatelly an isssue with me. As for perfomance gains I heard that you really don't gain anything on top end and you loose low end torque. Personnally I can't feel any differance, but man does it sound and look good.
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I have the perrin dp and hush on a STi and is sounds maybe 3 or 4 times louder than stock. I like it also.
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Does anyone know if you can buy just the muffler section?
No, you can't. Borla uses a slip fit connection inbetween the intermediate pipe and the muffler section: the midpipe is designed to go with the axleback.

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