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Old 06-12-2002, 07:37 PM   #1
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Recently installed my Brullen 2.25" dual 3" tip cat back exhaust, quiet acoustics. My thoughts, and then a couple of pictures of how everything looks:

Upon arrival, everything was well wrapped with bubble wrap but no box. After unwrapping, the exhaust was in fine shape, except for a small ding/dent in the muffler itself. No big deal.

The longest part of the install is getting the old exhaust off. Soaked the old bolts in WD40. The cat to midpipe bolts were ok. The midpipe to muffler bolts really bad, one broke, the other looked bent, and both made a horrific screetching sound while loosening.

For fitment, the Brullen has very nice adjustable exhaust hangers. The actual adjustment range isn't a ton of course, as it still needs to mate up to the hanger locations, but still a nice touch. Looking at the exhaust today, mine slants to one side. I'm waiting to receive the polyurethance exhaust hangers -- I'll attempt to balance things out when I swap the stock hangers out.

Even so, I love the look of the exhaust. Not glaringly obvious, but subtle and sporty looking, like it could almost have come stock with the car. As for the sound, well, for the most part it sounds great. Very nice boxer sound. However, having ordered the quiet version, I wasn't expecting quite the volume level, specifically under deceleration, no throttle. On acceleration its no problem, as the Cobb intake drowns it out after 4000 rpms. But deceleration has a drone to it that I wish was quieter. Granted, the stock exhaust is so quiet, but this is easily 2-4 times louder than stock. I'm curious if I didn't receive Medium by mistake.

All in all, a good purchase that I am happy with. If you're thinking of Brullen, contact GTBGUY on i-club, he'll answer your questions and take good care of you.








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Old 06-12-2002, 08:08 PM   #2
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Brullen makes one of the classiest exhausts for our cars in my opinion. It looks like it belongs there.

I thought it was a bit too droney under decel. at first, but you get used to it.
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Old 06-12-2002, 08:24 PM   #3
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Did you get the stainless or the Mild? and How much did it run ya?
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Old 06-12-2002, 08:59 PM   #4
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ScoobArmada, Yes, I totally agree with you with regard to the acoustics. I've been running with a quiet-option for 7 or 8 mths and wouldn't want it any louder. It is just right, IMO. Just enough decibels to have fun with without causing cochlear damage. I actually like a bit of drone...

I really like the way yours looks. The twin tips fit perfectly. I also agree with getting the polyurethane hangers are a good idea, especially with the extra weight of that bullet proof canister, they are essential in keeping things well behaved back there.

Hows the performance ???

Obyone, 100% stainless, no mild here.

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Old 06-13-2002, 01:47 PM   #5
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Does Brullen offer a mild steel system? I've not seen one.

Good choice, BTW.. I've had my dual-tip medium-sound system on since February. What a rumble! Not a day goes by that it doesn't put a grin on my face. I love that off-throttle decel sound from, say, 4000rpm. Just a matter of taste. I don't care for buzzy, obnoxious exhausts. That's definitely not what the Brullen sounds or looks like.

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Old 06-13-2002, 02:10 PM   #6
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ScoobArmada

does the exhaust system come with gaskets??? i thought i saw one in the first picture.....

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Old 06-13-2002, 03:29 PM   #7
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ScoobArmada

does the exhaust system come with gaskets??? i thought i saw one in the first picture.....

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yes.

I installed two Brullen systems this year, they come with gaskets and hardware.
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Old 06-13-2002, 03:46 PM   #8
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spt_impreza - just as SoobATV said -> yup look carefully @ the plastic bag beside the warranty card all hardware is there

SoobATV - so when are you getting your Subaru?

obyone - I hope that isn't mild steel?!?!
Nope, only the finest 16G T304 is used. Mild steel is for the weak

ScoobArmada - great to see the pics I'm glad you like it. As for the sound, yup that's quiet. Believe me, the 2.5" quiet is very much like the 2.25" medium. Opening up that sucker from 1.75"-> 2.25" increases sound just a tad.
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Old 06-13-2002, 04:12 PM   #9
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SoobATV - so when are you getting your Subaru?
gimme time, brotha. there won't be a nice Subaru in my near future, but maybe a nice old GL-10 turbo wagon with a modified Brullen muffler and custom midpipe. An Impreza will end up in my hands at some point, and will, without a doubt, lug around one of iON's Brullen header-backs.

wow, not even a Subaru owner yet, and I'm already brand-loyal.
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Old 06-13-2002, 04:17 PM   #10
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All Stainless. Total cost was $624, including Fedex shipping and the hard polyurethane exhaust hangers. Unlike the long delivery times some people have mentioned, the entire process from sending payment to receiving the exhaust took about 2.5 weeks.

Ken
Oh yeah, a review of a peformance exhaust without any mention of performance. No hard numbers, of course, but the car does seem to breath better than with the stock setup. The engine doesn't run out of breath quite as easily up top. Still as torquey as ever down low. Only other "power" mod is a Cobb intake, which obviously helps the breathing also. It feels more like a system than just intake or just exhaust.

I'm thinking of headers but not sure I want to deal with the noise -- they sound great but they're "on" all the time.

SoobATV
Like you said, it comes with hardware and a gasket. IMO, it *should* come with two more washers. Otherwise, the midpipe to exhaust connection relies on just the bolt head to distribute the torque of the connection -- I doubt thats ideal for the flange long term. We grabbed two washers from the toolbox and used those -- makes for a much better connection.

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Old 06-13-2002, 04:46 PM   #11
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I'll be installing my quiet dual tip muffler next week! Cant wait!
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Old 08-24-2002, 03:16 PM   #12
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i just ordered my brullen catback 2.25" with the dual 3" tips and and medium acoustic set-up....w/ the poly -u hangers aswell.....i cant wait...........

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Old 08-25-2002, 04:13 PM   #13
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Be interested in how easily you get the poly hangers to fit. Mine were near impossible, even after lubing up the holes (errr that sounds a bit inappropriate). The holes seemed too small to fit onto the Brullen hangers.
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Old 08-25-2002, 04:55 PM   #14
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hmmmmm......maybe thats good though......that means that the hangers will be tight in the holes......nice and stiff. hehehe

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Old 08-26-2002, 07:20 PM   #15
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i am waiting so patiently for my catback......it hasnt arrived yet............hmmm maybe since just mailed the money on friday......... ........man i want it bad........please hurry

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Old 08-26-2002, 08:33 PM   #16
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ScoobArmada,
I have the medium loudness exhaust from Brullen, as well as the headers and cat from their group buy a few months ago. I'm in MD and frequent Woodbridge, VA. If you're at all interested in hearing it, just let me know. Fairfax isn't that far away from Woodbridge (on a good day with no traffic )

As for the other exhaust hangers, I had a full set of KartBoy's on when I installed the system, and it was hugging the bumper. I didn't like that idea, so I put the stock ones back on and it's been fine since. I'm debating trying to put 1 or 2 KartBoy's on and see what happens, but I'm not sure really. Gonna have to get the car on the lift again to do that. Might be next oil change.

Anyway, glad to see another satisfied Brullen owner. Join the club.

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Old 08-27-2002, 11:48 PM   #17
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well one more day down.......have a few more to go. i keep thinking of how awesome my exhaust will sound when i get it on.........pure joy.

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spt_impreza - your payment hasn't arrived yet... in regards to the hangers, just remember to grease those holes up real good You may want to get some hi-temp silicone while you're pre-paring. It'll help things break-in faster.
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ScoobArmada - Those holes were made to be an exact tight fit. Wouldn't want things coming loose there WD40 generally does the trick.
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Old 08-28-2002, 02:49 PM   #20
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iON Performance Inc/GTBGUY......

my payment should be ther very soon................friggin canada post.....


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Old 08-28-2002, 06:13 PM   #21
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i am going to be a bitchy post whore until i get my exhaust.......maybe if ............one more day gone.........................the days are going by sooooooo friggin slow

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AJ, do you ever make out to the Mid-A meets in Reston?

And spt, patience is a virtue, or some such crap. It will be worth the wait, and the exhaust sounds better with age. Which is to say I doubt it sounds much different due to age, but it took me a little bit to get used to it. Now I absolutely love the sound. Enjoy in advance!
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Yes, I'll be there this Friday. Look for the brilliant red RS, and dual 3.5" tips in the rear.

Think I'll try to make it on time so I can eat dinner this time.

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Old 08-29-2002, 08:16 PM   #24
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one more day down.............

GTBGUY, i wonder why you havent received my payment yet???? it has been a goo 4 days already......and it just had to go from edmonton to calgary.... ......let me know as soon as it gets there please jack.....thanks

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Cool I'm gonna try to get up there. I wanna check out those headers too. I'l be in the horribly faded blue RS with the sweet Brullen sound.
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