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Old 01-03-2001, 09:12 PM   #1
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Post Stromung news (and other stuff) from the mod squad....

Put the Stromung on the wagon today, along with a K&N filter, and I love it! There is a smidgen of low end loss that is barely noticeable, I think because of the 2.5" diameter. But it pulls like a fiend! The butt dyno says "Hayul yeah!"

Oh. And the sound. Well, put it like this. I heard this KILLER sounding car coming up and said "Hey, whose car is THAT?!" "Yours," said the guys at Duxler Tire. You could have used my grin as a light source.

It's most assuredly louder than the stock exhaust, but duh. It isn't intrusive, except at WOT, or at lower revs, both zones in which I spend little time. My wife doesn't think that it's bad at all, and I agree. And it sounds absolutely wonderful, the kind of deep growl that turns heads.

Another tidbit for the class. You can reduce the volume of the chamber that the Stromung resonates in for you wagon owners with two things: the rubber pad that Subaru sells for the cargo area (which I use for the muddy bike stuff anyhow), and by drawing that privacy shade that the wagon comes with.

Things seem less peaky, too, as if I'm getting more pull throughout more of the rev range, and I only set off one car alarm.

I also installed the KVR x-drilled rotors from the group buy with stock pads, stainless lines and SuperBlue. The difference is pretty wonderful. I'm sure that some of it is attributable to just having a new set of everything put on, but the braking performance is a hoot, based on my very mild use, as they brake (sorry, couldn't resist) in.

This KVR rotor thing will be an interesting experiment, re the cracking that people say occurs with x-drilled rotors. I had mine cryo'd, so we'll see. They look fantastic, peeking out from behind the wheels. Should look amazing with the P1s.

That's all for now, and sorry this is so long, but I wanted to assuage the concerns of those who might have been considering a Stromung for a wagon or Outback.

Kevin
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Old 01-03-2001, 09:44 PM   #2
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How far recessed is the muffler tip from the bumper compared to the stock? I found it to be about 1 in back. Real hard to see the tip...

Also, I guess that they may have quietened the design down for the wagons.

I know how it feels to hear that growl....its sweet.

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Old 01-03-2001, 10:31 PM   #3
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The tip is tucked in a bit more. This Stromung is the custom stainless one that Chris from TRi was selling from the parted out Legacy. It isn't wagon-specific or anything. I polished it up real nice before putting it on, just for my own little sense of delight.

Only problem with is that my car sounds a lot faster than it is....

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Old 01-04-2001, 05:39 AM   #4
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Schweet! So, I take it you got the muffler, then had it installed with a 2.5" pipe? Where did you go for that, or how did you go about it? Rallispec will put, I think 2.25 or 2.5 on with a flowmaster muffler for $650 or so, but I don't know if I want to spend that much. Considering opening up the air intake, slapping on the Stromung, and forgetting about the pipe..... *shrug*
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Old 01-04-2001, 05:52 AM   #5
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The whole system was bolt up, like Stromungs generally are, so my favorite (and local) garage did it with no problems.

Chris at TRi must have done all that advance stuff, so that I didn't have to

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Old 01-05-2001, 10:38 AM   #6
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Was 2.5" the recommended pipe size? Unless you have forced induction, or headers, you usually don't want to go much more than 2.25" or you lose too much back-pressure.
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Old 01-05-2001, 04:26 PM   #7
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I sussed things out pretty thoroughly with Chris at TRi before I went for it. Keep in mind that I'm not running a mid-pipe, either. The only thing I'm noticing are improvements. According to Chris, you notice big low-end loss with a full 2.5 system, which seems to jibe with my experience of it.

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