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Old 06-27-2001, 05:36 PM   #1
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I purchased a 1999 rally blue rs coupe 3 days ago and I must say that I'm very impressed. I'm 17 years old and this is my first time driving a stick...I'm getting very good and within the next few days should have the hills and the starting and stopping down perfect.
Of course I want to modify my car right? I think that the exterior of the car looks perfect in it's stock form. I'm really interested in my first mod being an exhaust system. I've looked at quite a few different exhaust systems and think that the Stromung Stainless dual or single tip muffler looks to be my favorite. I was wanting to know if everyone thinks this would be a good purchase. I want the sound of the exhaust to be pretty good, but nothing TOO loud that it drives me insane while driving. What is the difference in tones between the single and dual? Also, is an Intermediate Pipe necessary in the purchase? Would it be a waste of power if I didn't purchased one?

Thanks in advance...sorry if this type of question has been asked 100 times....

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Old 06-27-2001, 05:48 PM   #2
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stromong is a very good choice... many here have it and will totally recommend it to you...

intermediate piping is not necessary, but if you want to do it right and add some more power... yes! do it!

a customer fab/exhaust tuner did mine for $100 including the installation of my exhaust (scoobysport). Find a good exhaust tuner and have them create the mid pipe, save yourself some $...

sounds like you are on the right track!
good luck!
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Old 06-27-2001, 07:20 PM   #3
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Congratulations! I am 17 and I have FINALLY decided on the exhaust that I am getting, go to http://www.rollhard.com/apexiexhausts.htm Look at the N1. I love the way that it looks and it seems to be the deepest sounding. I have heard a similiar unit at Jannetty Racing Enterprises near my house and it is deeper than the others. Oh well, it looks beautiful.
[edit] It doesn't seem to be too loud to me but... it maybe for you. I don't find it annoying or intrusive because it's not "raspy" sounding due mainly to the fact of our horizontally opposed engines.
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Old 06-27-2001, 08:25 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input, I think I will get the stromong and have a midpipe created for me by the people who install my exhaust.

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Old 06-27-2001, 09:23 PM   #5
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Stromungs sound sweet, but IMO they don't like that nice, but if you want to go for the sleeper look they will do the job(of course once someone hears you rev... =b ). My favorites are the Apex N1 and 5zigen fireball, with the nice angled look.
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Old 06-27-2001, 09:54 PM   #6
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Scooby Sport, won't rust like Stromung, deep sound, doesn't resonate, tucks up close to body(won't scrape), realistic sized tip(not too ricey)
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Old 06-27-2001, 11:11 PM   #7
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hey, WV isn't tooo far from Ohio. there's quite a few 2.5RS s in the area, and some really good auto-x and tracks up here, if you're ever in the mood for a road trip. pm me if you want.

its kinda funny, since every RS here has a unique exhaust. stromung, arospeed, tanabe, blitz, borla, and STi. Personally, i like the blitz the best (besides the fact that that's what i have on my car). i like my big, angled tip. it sounds good, stainless steel, and with a 2.25 midpipe, freed up some upper power.

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Old 06-28-2001, 12:19 AM   #8
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I just installed my new A'pexi N1 exhaust today *drool*

Sound is just right. Not too loud, I was actually expecting louder. It comes with a removable silencer (baffle) to quiet it down a bit. Performance gain very noticeable, probably 6-8hp on the butt-dyno. It is directly bolt on. Take off the old bolts (4 of them) and put on the new one. Fits perfectly in a slight (very minimal) angle. Piping is 2.25" which is perfect for our NA cars.
As soon as I get my digital camera back, I will post some pics.

If you have any questions, feel free to email or pm me (or write here)

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Old 06-28-2001, 01:39 AM   #9
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STi ....performance gains without noise gains!
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Old 06-28-2001, 02:44 AM   #10
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if you want your N1 to go even deeper, get the borla headers. now that is a sweet sounding setup.
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Old 06-28-2001, 08:56 AM   #11
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STi ....performance gains without noise gain
And if you want, you can add some headers like I hope/plan to within the year.

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Old 06-28-2001, 09:50 AM   #12
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Yea but Mike can't get them. I have finally decided to spend the money and there are none to be had. Whats the second choice?
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Old 06-28-2001, 10:27 AM   #13
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I was going to buy the STi ones from Mike also but then I had to change my mind. I went with the A'pexi N1 and I will get the borla headers eventually.

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Old 06-28-2001, 11:38 AM   #14
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imprezaelite - if you like the stromung and are worried about quality issues, check out the Brullen systems : http://www.i-club.com/forums/showthr...hlight=Brullen they feature a limited lifetime warranty
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Old 06-28-2001, 11:41 AM   #15
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I have a cat back 5ZIGEN exhaust, and I like thev way it sounds, but I'm sure my gas mileage is going down because it makes you get on the gas more!


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Old 06-28-2001, 12:53 PM   #16
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What about the Borla system? I never hear anything about it.

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Old 06-28-2001, 03:26 PM   #17
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Cus the Borla is so darn good that ppl wants to keep the secret to themselves!
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Old 06-28-2001, 03:31 PM   #18
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Yeah.. that and the borla isn't the ideal diameter for the EJ25 either. Borla from what I've heard sounds and performs great like all there stuff, but it is only 2" in diameter. Which would be perfect for the EJ22, but not the EJ25 where 2.25" has been found to be the perfect size.

You can find used STi back boxes all the time on www.scoobynet.co.uk They run cheap.. it's the shipping and finding a chap willing to ship it that's the problem. Then you can get one of the midpipes from Mike as those aren't standard STi items.

There's always a custom exhaust or Rallispec. I haven't heard their exhaust, but it looks nice and they offer lots of options on resonated and diameters.

That Brullen looks good too, but it need more people to own it and back it before it will really be on the list. I'm sure it will become popular very quickly.

just my $0.02 again.

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Old 06-28-2001, 03:38 PM   #19
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Old 06-28-2001, 05:19 PM   #20
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Or if you don't want to spend $500+ on a catback system. You can go to your dealership. Talk to the parts guy, see if they have any take off WRX mufflers. Slip him $20-30, thank him and head for the nearest muffler shop with a practically new muffler.

The flange on the WRX muffler will not fit the RS. The muffler shop will have to bend you a new mid-pipe with a matching flange. This will run you $80. I recommend matching the muffler ID which is 2 inches. Stock ID is @1.8". Also have the muffler shop relocate the 3rd muffler hanger which is about 2" off. Muffler shop will normally sell you matching gaskets as well. Resonator is optional.

There is a slight bit of improvement and you should be able to hang on to most of your low end as well. WRX muffler on a RS is louder than stock, but not loud as a Stromung. It growls.
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Old 06-28-2001, 05:53 PM   #21
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I have the N1 with a GanzFlow cold air intake. The combination of those two mods sounds great. Be sure to do something on the front wether CAI or headers to keep the tone low with an N1. I'd hate to hear a Scooby sounding like a Honda with an N1
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Old 06-28-2001, 06:49 PM   #22
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I've heard Dissenter's N1 and it sounds nice, sounds a bit bizarre at full throttle when he's driven around sometimes, but I think that will clear up with a new intermediate pipe. Damn thing is so small. But it definetely sounds better with a CAI of some sort. Intake noise matched to the exhaust noise is a symphony...
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Old 06-29-2001, 01:14 AM   #23
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if you guys want one of the best sounding setups, just take off the stock muffler. its a free mod and sounds damn nice.
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Old 06-29-2001, 03:59 AM   #24
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My Question:

Which ones fit the 2002 RS? (I know the stromung does)
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Old 06-29-2001, 10:03 AM   #25
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Kostamojen - there's an application for the 2002 RS for the Brullens
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