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Old 07-15-2005, 10:41 PM   #1
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What catbacks are people running? I am looking into one, but i am not sure what to get. I am looking for something with a good tone but not terribly loud. I also think the dual tip looks alot better than the single. I know stromung makes the dual tip, but i was also thinking about maybe a wrx oem...any opinions are welcome.

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Old 07-15-2005, 10:42 PM   #2
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Old 07-16-2005, 01:02 AM   #3
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i want to get the stromung dual tip but its expensive...
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Old 07-16-2005, 03:49 AM   #4
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wrx oem is nice but if you want sound, i'd suggest aftermarket. put on a stock muffler... you'll get stock sound.

my favorite twin tip is the brullen twin tip. it's aggressive and simple. and sounds mean as hell
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Old 07-16-2005, 10:20 AM   #5
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Cobb or Stromung are my fav's.
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Old 07-16-2005, 01:13 PM   #6
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I have cobb and I like it the best. Very deep and throaty It is a single tip though.
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Old 07-16-2005, 01:27 PM   #7
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<--- Perrin dualtip axleback mated to a custom midpipe

Most people run some sort of custom piping (usually 2.25 diameter). It's the cheapest route, with it still being pretty good. Then buy any type of universal muffler. Most people choose Magnaflow, but there are plenty of options. You can still get a great sounding exhaust this way.

A lotta people also run strommung or cobb, should they have the dough. Each of these can get a bit pricey, but both are great quality companies.
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Old 07-17-2005, 11:59 PM   #8
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Stromung's and Cobb's are probably the quietest with a nice tone. Make sure you get a resonated midpipe... will help tone if you ever plan on headers hehe
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Old 07-18-2005, 12:12 AM   #9
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i have a borla. it sounds great fit perfectly ecept for a hanger that i didnt use even though its for an 01. it is not an obnoxious sounding exhaust at all.
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Old 07-18-2005, 02:57 AM   #10
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Yeah... Borla's barely louder than the other 2 I mentioned... well within the semi-quiet to medium range
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Old 07-18-2005, 10:42 AM   #11
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what exactly does the resonator do, and what happens to the sound of the exhaust if its removed? (if used with stock manifold)
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Old 07-18-2005, 01:26 PM   #12
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Old 07-18-2005, 03:48 PM   #13
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With the stock headers I'm not sure... but the resonator doesn't hurt performance if you get the right one.. but sound quality really improves with it. Takes away raspiness and generally gives a richer and slightly quieter tone.
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Old 07-18-2005, 04:44 PM   #14
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Check here for how resonator works
http://auto.howstuffworks.com/muffler4.htm

dragoon, theoretically, anythign that disrupts the flow of air will lower performance. However, if you get a good resonator, the resistance to the exhaust fume will be lower than ones that arent as good quality
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Old 07-18-2005, 05:18 PM   #15
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Ok... true... just saying it won't really be noticable on our n/a as much as some... Cobb's resonator looked huge and they posted the same numbers when tested as stromung's without one. But yeah... I wouldn't get a cheap one anyways Looking to have one put in my midpipe sometime next month
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Old 07-18-2005, 06:16 PM   #16
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I went the custom route:

Borla ProXS Universal Muffler
Borla ProXS Large Oval Tip
Magnaflow Resonator
2.25" Piping

All stainless steel.

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Old 07-18-2005, 07:16 PM   #17
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what about inejn ses1200 or the hks carbon ti? which is quiter and shows more power?
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Old 07-18-2005, 08:04 PM   #18
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Who'd you go to for the Magnaflow resonator? There's a really good custom muffler shop here in Denver but I haven't heard back from them yet on what they offer as their selection.
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Old 07-19-2005, 05:51 PM   #19
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Performance Peddler sells magnaflow through Ebay pretty cheap.

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Old 07-19-2005, 07:55 PM   #20
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hmm... cool... you like it? Pretty good brand name in general so I hope the quality would be good. And what size did you get?
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Old 07-19-2005, 08:24 PM   #21
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If you want this to last more than a year or so, go with Borla. Great sound, fit and look. I didnt have this fitament issue that 'iownaspecc' had. And Borla uses a much higher quality steel then other brands, which if you live around snow and salt and wetness, should be a big consideration for you. Of course unless you want a rusted POS hanging off your car. Youll want a 2.25inch mid pipe or no greater then 2.5. The high end you gain with a larger pipe if greatly offset by the loss of low end.
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Old 07-20-2005, 08:17 AM   #22
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2.25" Stromung midpipe (no resonator)
'04 WRX axleback (well, I think it's an '04, not sure)

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Love it, so far. Looks good, sounds good. Louder than it should be, with the midpipe. I'll probably get a TWE midpipe *with* a resonator, when I go turbo next year. But this setup is perfect, for now. I got the midpipe brand new for $75 (eBay), and the exhaust for free (with ~200 miles on it).

Installed originally at Monro Muffler, but the job was shoddy.
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Old 07-20-2005, 09:43 AM   #23
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I went the custom route:

Borla ProXS Universal Muffler
Borla ProXS Large Oval Tip
Magnaflow Resonator
2.25" Piping

All stainless steel.

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how much did this run you?
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Old 07-20-2005, 12:25 PM   #24
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Has anyone ever used the Stromung midpipe connected to the SPT (Bosal) RS muffler? With getting the midpipe on Ebay, you could get that setup for just a bit more than $400...I hear the SPT STi/WRX catbacks sound great, never really heard anyone with the RS SPT muffler and a 2.25" midpipe.
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Old 07-20-2005, 01:08 PM   #25
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I had the Bosal/SPT/BroSpeed axleback on my '00 RS... but it's a different unit. If the piping on the '02+ SPT exhaust is 1.875" like mine was (in other words, stock diameter), then I wouldn't think it'd be worth it.
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