Ok, new post to not confuse, its now 1:30 and about 2 hours later, I have installed the exhaust, tucked the old one away in the garage for safekeeping, taken my "after" videos of the car idleing and revving (take-offs and drive-bys will be later, sorry no stock comparison thou) and did a mini photo shoot to get some initial images before the exhaust gets el-durty.
Couldnt find that gasket and realized it doesnt look like there is one on the stock exhaust, but the flanges bolted up nice and tight and it appears to be sealed good enough until i can get a gasket later. I think i have it all aligned properly and i have about 3/8" - 1/2" of clearance between the exhaust tip and bumper. I hope thats enough to not melt.
Initial impressions with both resonator and silencer in was, "Wow, did i do 2 hours of work for nothing?" It literally sounds no louder than stock. Once the engine settled in it became apparent that there was now a low grumble coming from the back of the car that is non-existent with the stock exhaust. Very nice, since that wont be attracting much more attention, if any. On revving the car, i get a nice little purr and then some raspyness, im concerned... Keep revving, different rpm's, with a final sweep to 5k before idling down and shutting off the engine.
Now the real test, the silencer. Took that bad boy out. Side note: with a little black paint you wont even know its there under anything short of direct sunlight, its tucked WAY back in the tip almost into the muffler itself. Fire it up, and SPLOOGE! The car now sounds like an awoken beast. Revving, i can hear the growl and can definitely tell that the turbo is spooling at least somewhat easier in idle than it would with the stock exhaust... But still, i got a little raspyness at certain rpms, and cant figure out why... All i know is that i LOVE the sound, best exhaust note ive ever heard, I love it even more than my old 350z exhaust. Give it a sweep to 5k and its just growls all the way there, and then i got the distinct crackle popping as it idled down, just absolutely amazing.
Finally sit down outside the car and look the line up and down, trying to find out where that raspy noise was coming from. Finally i realize that its the springs they provide to hold the muffler to the mid pipe of the kit, Why they provided them, i dont know, whit i put them on, cause the instructions said to. Normally im not an instruction kinda guy, but in this case, it was 3 steps long on paper. Took the springs back off, fired it up, revved it up, and NO RASPYNESS anymore. I suggest just making sure the muffler is on tight and leave the springs out. If you want the extra security, you can use the thin aircraft cable and cable crimps provided in place of the springs, ill do that later when i get a crimping plier.
All said and done, it was money well spent for what i wanted to achieve. Looks, sound, and a little performance improvement to keep me happy that my cars not stock anymore... If you really want ALL performance you can from the exhaust or drive an STi, get the non-resonated version, if you have a WRX and drive it daily to work, go for the resonated one. Im sure the restrictor in the resonator is only 10 minutes with a dremel away from not being a problem anymore....
So, now whos going to help me convert these before/after clips down to size so i can share them with you all?