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Old 01-31-2001, 01:53 AM   #1
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Post do equal length headers make the impreza sound like a honda?

is it the nature of the impreza to sound how it does? Is it because it does not come with equal length headers?
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Old 01-31-2001, 02:00 AM   #2
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Relax WRX, there is NO WAY IN HELL that anyone will ever mistake the exhaust note of a Subaru for that of a Honda. Unless it's an uncorked Goldwing motorcycle with the 2l flat 6.

A lightly muffled Scoob sounds more like a Porsche 911 than a Honda. Not surprising since both are boxer engined cars.
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Old 01-31-2001, 02:04 AM   #3
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thats reelee good to know,

I personally don't like how the WRC sounds and thats as high pitched as a subaru engine can go. I can tolerate the sound of an STI, just not a bloody honda. Thanx a bunch
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Old 01-31-2001, 02:10 AM   #4
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Old 01-31-2001, 09:09 AM   #5
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The only thing that sounds like a honda, is my weed wacker.

The 2.5's are throaty at heart. The only thing that may change that is your intake. Which may scream at higher RPMs. Otherwise adding headers and a nice exhaust can only enhance the rumble.

As for the WRC Gotta love it.
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Old 01-31-2001, 03:49 PM   #6
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the Kartmobile sounds like a motorcycle engine wih the Borla headers. BROOTN!
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Old 01-31-2001, 07:36 PM   #7
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I have the MRT 4-2-1 equal length headers with full exhaust system... it sounds like this:
http://www.lime.net.au/adrian/images/rxsound2.wav

definetely NOT honda!
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Old 01-31-2001, 09:06 PM   #8
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hahah that sounds really cool. The sound is changed dramatically, not a deep rumble, more of a gargle now
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Old 02-01-2001, 05:34 AM   #9
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The equal length headers do change the sound quite a bit and is a big reason for the change in exhaust note to the WRC Impreza. Maybe not Honda-sounding, but it doesn't sound like the average Subaru boxer anymore either. Ask STiVerIII, I believe he made a comment a while ago about the sound difference on his EJ20 since he put the equal-length headers on.

Changing the headers to equal-length is not like simply puting a different muffler on in terms of how the sound changes. A muffler alters the sound of the exhaust pulses where as the equal-length headers alter the exhaust pulses themselves.

I have heard of people not wanting to put the equal-length headers on simply because they don't like the sound. I'd put them on if I could afford them
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Old 02-01-2001, 12:18 PM   #10
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ditto here, I just need to save up for the cuscos.
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Old 02-01-2001, 02:07 PM   #11
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Chuck -
I was dying to find you at the NESIC meet just to hear them... were you there?
I have a set on order , and I can't wait.
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Old 02-01-2001, 03:16 PM   #12
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Wow that is vastly different from my 00 with the rallispec N1 2.5. Not even close to being as deep as mine sounds. Mine sets off car alarms I think I might terribly miss that sound if I went equal length. Is the sounds change stricly just from the headers?

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Old 02-01-2001, 04:24 PM   #13
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I have a feeling its the canister that's doing it and not just the headers. This is why i'm gonna sell the canister and put on a Apexi N1. RUn it loud and proud.

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Old 02-01-2001, 07:24 PM   #14
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MMMMMMM Boxer engine note!!!
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Old 02-01-2001, 11:11 PM   #15
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Ok, I just had to jump in here. Our cars sound really cool with diffferent exhausts... but it is definately no Porsche Turbo sound. Sounds more like a tractor to me... a cool tractor... but still a tractor. I still believe that there is no better sound this side of $200K than the Porsche Boxster, what an amazing car! I really would like to get one once I'm done moding my RS.
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Old 02-01-2001, 11:26 PM   #16
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You should've heard my car when I had Minnam's stage one kit in there. Wastegate dumping to atmosphere, wot run on the dyno.

Technik's (Minnam) dyno is outside of their shop, inside the shop there was a customer looking at the work they just did on his E46. The guy runs out to the dyno, looks at my car and says, "that's a Subaru??? It sounded like a freaking Porsche Turbo!!"

Best compliment I ever GOT so far. Too bad my car doesn't sound like that anymore...boxer motor + atmo-dumped wastegate = MEAN LOUD SOUNDING car!!
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Old 02-01-2001, 11:45 PM   #17
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humm i never thought of that. i thought that they were
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Old 02-02-2001, 01:17 AM   #18
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Dudes... the MRT's are CHEAP and they sound GREAT! Jump on a group buy if you can. I've had mine for over a year and the car just sounds all sorts of pissed off. The sound alone can eat a honduh, not to mention the torque and HP gains you recieve. Do a search on MRT Headers and find the Dyno chart. With intake, MRT exhaust and STI motor/tranny mounts, your car will sound like a racecar and not like a ricecar.
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My last post was in reference to equal-length headers on a turbo car, not an NA. I personally never heard equal lengths on an NA. Sorry for misleading anyone.
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Old 02-02-2001, 07:22 AM   #20
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If you want "loud and proud" might I suggest something not really made for a Jap car? I just got my car's muffler replaced and now it is loud and so proud. I got the muffler shop to replace my piping cat-back with 2.5" (you can use 2.25" if you want... but the 2.5" has a unique sound... ask Andres :-) ). I ordered a Borla XR1 race muffler from Jegs ($125 and STAINLESS!) and I also ordered a Borla dual round intercooler tip ($80 Jegs STAINLESS as well). The tips has to be cut down some, but it is dual 3" nice tips... I paid a total of $285 for my system and if you go with cheaper tips it is cheaper. You can also do a Flowmaster racing muffler... I heard a 1999 Honda Prelude with one of these and it was just loud as heck.... lounder than ANYONE else's system including the Tanabe Racing Medalion.

I am trying to get some audio files up of my exhaust... I will also have some pics up soon.

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Old 02-02-2001, 08:05 AM   #21
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True... you can stick any fart can on the end of your exhaust system and rattle your teeth with an abnoxious exhaust note. But you won't enjoy the change in torque like you will with headers. I drove my friends RS with an Apexi setup and it lost torque... it was way too free flowing...
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Old 02-02-2001, 10:30 AM   #22
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I have rallispec intake, Borlas and a 2.25" cat back. The torque on my car went DOWN when I put the headers on. Now it has huge holes and doesn;t pull clean ANYWHERE! I'm going to install my AFC one of these days and see if I can fix it, but I have to get an EGT gauge to tune it since no one has any tuning specs for a car with my setup. I have a MY01...Turbo cars sound awesome, especially modified Sti's and fully works 2.5's I can;t wait til I'm in that catagory...
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Old 02-02-2001, 05:22 PM   #23
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Waltsacura -
but are your headers equal length? (I know the answer) I'm wondering if there is a difference....
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Old 02-03-2001, 04:56 PM   #24
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no... and I dount it. It really depends on the day as to how my car runs. Today it pulled AWESOME, very clean very smooth... for the way I have it setup anyways. (My friend has an ACT clutch and lightweight flywheel... I MUST get that setup.
Anyways, I'm going to keep playin with more add-ons (aka EGT gauge and getting my lazy ass around to installing my S-AFC) and see if I can make it pull a bit harder. I've told myself that I'm not buying a turbo until I have her paid off... I hope I don;t listen...
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