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Old 07-14-2019, 10:50 PM   #1
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Hey Everyone. About two months ago I purchased a Nameless axle-back exhaust with 5" mufflers for my 2019 STI. I drove it that way until this weekend when I installed the Nameless mid-pipe to complete the cat-back. Most reviews are for the axle-back and I don't feel that the nameless website does a good job of describing the catback sound.

Axleback ONLY (5" mufflers) - Big improvement over the stock setup. Really nice, subtle, deep sound. Cold starts sound really good with just the axle back. Once warm, the idle noise is quieter than the stock mufflers and the low speed drone is gone. Absolutely no drone at highway cruise speeds. I could hardly tell I had an upgraded exhaust on the highway unless I was passing. City driving and under load it has a really nice, deep tone that does not attract attention but sounds so much better than stock. Id agree with Nameless' assessment that it is a 5 on a scale of 1-10. For a daily driver it is probably enough but you may find yourself wanting more in the future. Keep reading...

Resonated Catback AND 5" Mufflers - I bought Nameless' midpipe and bolted it up to the axle back I already had in the vehicle. Fitment was perfect. Donut gasket was a little strange for me as I am used to a flat flange with gaskets or vbands. Weld quality is very impressive. The midpipe made such a big difference to the sound of the vehicle. It is significantly louder now but it still has that deep rumble and is relatively quiet on the highway and cruising. Idle and under load it a good amount louder but it is literally the perfect sound. When I imagine an STI or when I hear the perfect exhaust setup drive by...thats what this sounds like now. None of the videos capture the real sound. I would be worried about the sound level with the smaller mufflers in the Nameless catback and definitely the muffler deletes. It would be too loud for me. Cold start with this is really nice and would be pretty loud for some people, but for me it is perfect. Sounds like a helicopter when cold. Light throttle has this really nice rumble and WOT screams pretty aggressively, but is not at ALL raspy or tinny. During downshifts I experience some nice gargling noises now which I did not with the axle back. The full catback with 5" mufflers bumps it up to a 7/10 in terms of loudness.

It was expensive to complete the catback, but I am 100% am glad I did. I'll probably find myself buying the downpipe some day but not for a while...still under warranty.

Hope this helps anyone on the fence about the Nameless product.
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Old 09-28-2019, 10:16 PM   #2
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Appreciate the thorough review. You mentioned there was no drone with the axleback. Any with the addition of the midpipe?
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Old 09-29-2019, 10:06 PM   #3
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Appreciate the thorough review. You mentioned there was no drone with the axleback. Any with the addition of the midpipe?


With the stock downpipe the drone is minimal with the midpipe. I would say it is slightly more drone than the axleback alone but not anything crazy and it is mostly just when you’re part throttle low rpm. It is definitely a good amount louder, but I wouldn’t describe it as a drone. Cold starts are a lot more aggressive with the added midpipe.

Adding an aftermarket downpipe (catted) increases the drone somewhat significantly. I think it would depend on your tastes. Some people would find it perfect, others might find it too loud for daily driving with a downpipe.
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Old 10-14-2019, 12:56 PM   #4
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I will say that with a Cobb catted dp, stock midpipe and nameless muffler delete, there is zero drone. I drove this set up for about 10k.
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