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Old 09-06-2005, 08:18 PM   #1
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I'm sure that this question has been asked and answered here before but I haven't yet found what I'm looking for.

I have a stock 1997 Legacy GT sedan that will be needing a complete exhaust replacement in the near future. I have an exhaust leak up front and obvious rot threatening the rest of the system.

My goal is to replace the entire exhaust with a good stainless setup that will last. I'm NOT looking for drastic HP improvements or changing the tone of the exhaust but I do want a solid replacement system.

What brands offer good alternatives to stock Subaru parts at a reasonable price ?

Do I need to include all components of the stock exhaust in my replacement ?

Can I do a worthy lasting replacement without mortgaging the house I don't own yet ?
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Old 09-06-2005, 11:13 PM   #2
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Nothing will last longer than Borla out of the box. Any resonable price higher than others should be deemed worth it. Had mine a year, few thousand miles, through a WNY winter and yet to see a spot of rust.
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Old 09-06-2005, 11:31 PM   #3
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shoeler, ur talking about borla headers rite? Cuz i heard even the latest generation borla headers still cracks. But thats why theres that million mile warranty (if you bought it brand new)
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Old 09-06-2005, 11:59 PM   #4
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Just go to a custom muffler shop. That'll be the cheapest route. I don't suggest some corporate place like Meineke or Pep Boys. But every town has some great local muffler shops. Get them to do a custom stainless steel catback and then just buy a magnaflow muffler and have em weld it on. It'll create a GREAT affordable exhaust built to your specs. You can have it quiet as stock, or open it up a bit more.

Remember that the main point of aftermarket exhausts are for a bit of hp increase, while opening up the exhaust notes. You won't find many options for yourself when it comes to aftermarket exhaust parts.

It really would be best to get a custom job. You won't regret it as long as you can find a place that does good work (which shouldn't be hard to find.)

Also, it really depends on how much you need to have replaced. Sounds to me like your best bet is a catback system, but it definitely wouldn't hurt to check out your headers and cats and make sure they all look ok.
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Old 09-07-2005, 09:02 AM   #5
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I agree with 'Crikey. A 2.25" mild steel catback usually runs $200 or less, at a custom shop.

Stainless catback still shouldn't exceed $300 or so.

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Old 09-07-2005, 09:43 AM   #6
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Thanks for the advice so far. I'll look into a custom shop, any ideas for the boston area ?

Like I said in the original post I have a leak right up front so I'm thinking that I'll need some new stuff in front of the cat. I bet I could reuse the existing cat but I feel that the headers and pipes before the Y junction will need replacement. Are these parts that the custom shop would be able to fabricate or do I need to purchase an aftermarket header ?
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Old 09-07-2005, 09:39 PM   #7
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I was mainly talking about the catback from borla. It will last longer than any other custom job, doesnt change sound that much and the tip looks resonable. T304 is some of the best SS piping you can get for an exhaust, it has high aluminum(?) content to prevent rusting. If your local shop offers that grade then go for it if its cheaper than a borla unit. And from the OP I gathered lifetime was the most important thing. As for the headers, from what I understand, older generations had fitament issues with bolts lining up, which has been fixed in the 4th gen headers. I think the people that have had cracking issues were more having issues with rapping them. Unfotunatly, I think no matter what generation or what brand, rapped, coated or not your as likely or unlikely to crack. I have the borla headers with a coating on them, so I cant tell you what shape the metal is in, but no cracks.
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Old 09-07-2005, 09:45 PM   #8
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Try Lou's custom exhaust in Waltham if thats near you. Friends of mine have done well with them.

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Old 09-07-2005, 11:46 PM   #9
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your local muffler shop will not likely have headers or exhaust manifolds, which are the exhaust pieces that bolt to the engine.
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