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Old 11-11-2020, 12:56 AM   #1
maxmercury
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Default Beware of Tsudo catback exhaust for 8-14 WRX Hatch!

Hi everyone!

There's very little information about this exhaust on the internet so I thought I would post an honest review of this catback.

I purchased this from Ebay for $480 for my 2011 hatch: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tsudo-Quad-...4AAOSwphJfGjnu

This catback does not fit well at all.

The $480 price tag suggests that of course, but if you look up the general internet view on Tsudo, they seem to have a decently good reputation, and I can see why.

The exhaust itself is beautifully made. Great tig welds, beautiful T-304 stainless steel, includes a resonator, and the muffler design is gorgeous. However, it is stricken with fitment issues.

Even with the Grimmspeed stock downpipe to catback adapter, the midpipe doesn't line up correctly to the angle of the stock Subaru downpipe, and the flex joint presses firmly up against the drive shaft protection plate.

https://imgur.com/Ap94Vh0

You can see in the picture that it's barely on there, and attached at an angle.


Down at the muffler end, the mid pipe is firmly pressed up against my rear control arm.

https://imgur.com/AzsDCgM

This causes lots of vibration at lower RPMS, especially when shifting between first to second. It also vibrates horribly when downshifting, or letting off the gas and letting the engine hang.

Not pictured is the exhaust hanger that does not align with the Subaru mounting spot.

Also, the muffler is very poorly aligned. The left side tips are pulled to one side and pressed up against the cutout, and the right side tips seem to droop lower than the left. It looks really funny (sorry for the lens flare).

https://imgur.com/dps8Iki https://imgur.com/0yJA9Iz


I've been working under my car for years, and have never struggled as much as I did to bolt this thing on. I ended up taking it to a muffler guy who put it up on a lift and worked with me to try and install it, but even he said that it was junk.

A lesson I learned here is to buy quality parts, even if it's an extra hundred dollars or two hundred dollars upfront. You may think you're saving money by buying a cheap unknown brand (not saying all cheap unknown brands are bad), but as you've seen here, that's not always the case.

This $480 exhaust ended up costing over $600 in the end for me, and I will be returning it for a full refund.
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