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Old 02-27-2012, 11:58 AM   #31 (permalink)
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?? so large?? meaning expensive? or size wise. I am selling the H&S 2.5" axleback pictured it is shorter than the MadDad, I want $395 plus could throw in the Kartboys XLs.
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My current axleback is the turbo xs rfl which is a large cannon muffler. I want something visually smaller like a maddad or something else, but for $600+ for a cat back is way overpriced imo.
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My current axleback is the turbo xs rfl which is a large cannon muffler. I want something visually smaller like a maddad or something else, but for $600+ for a cat back is way overpriced imo.
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I bought a brand new set of Cobb catted downpipe and the Cobb Impreza/STI specific cat back. I am using the Kartboy hangers.

I can't complain about the flow as I am seeing some very high figures for a VF. But, the sound and resonance level is sometime somewhat too loud.

Normal cruising it's perfect, at idle too, but as soon as there is a slight incline the sound level and resonance level goes up by quite a big amount. At wot it screams, but that is the way it should be. ;)

Now that the exhaust tip ends just under the bumper I suspect that some of the excessive noise could come from there. What do you think? Will extending the tip work?

Is there a simple way to make my shiny new Cobb exhaust a little less noisy?

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You are in Europe, just sell the Cobb and get a Forester specific from UK sources: Miltek or H&S.
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just went outside to look in the tip. are you referring to where the tip starts at the muffer?thats like 1 1/2" of where its smaller. im pretty sure that wouldnt make a difference. if it did your talking a very small amount. my xt made the usuall vf power numbers at topspeed.i wasnt happy with my tune, but thats a different story there

the thing with maddad is you have to contact rich, he doesnt always answer the phone, thats why i have a invidia downpipe and not a madad, he would never answer. im glad i was able to get the catback at least. the welds on mine look good, at least where i could see. never really looked up in the muffler till i saw your pic.
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It makes a difference, a choke point 2.5" ID across the entire length of the internal muffler piping.

Having said that I am placing an order for a H&S 3" FXT catback tomorrow provided UK to USA shipping is decent.
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I had a full 3" Megan that came with a 2.5" silencer to install into the tip. The resonator made it sound quieter, but could also be felt in power. Just saying.

The welds on my dual-tip MadDad were beautiful, no doubt about that. MadDad's midpipe does not have a resonator, I'm sure that makes a difference in sound too. The MillTek does.

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I think you guys are way over thinking this. Use whichever exhaust fits/looks good/sounds good. Buy a big enough turbo and the exhaust choice makes little difference.

The STI muffler and stock midpipe flowed enough for 350 whp with the Dom1.5, worrying about the muffler tip reducing in diameter 1/8" or whatever is silly.
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get a surewin and put the stock tip over it. its not flashy, its cheap, and it will look perfect with the stock tip on it. I believe another member on here has that. I bought the surewin and put two resonators in it and I have still yet to put the stock tip on but it looks good imo.
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It makes a difference, a choke point 2.5" ID across the entire length of the internal muffler piping.

Having said that I am placing an order for a H&S 3" FXT catback tomorrow provided UK to USA shipping is decent.
Did you contact Scott from Stromung yet? I'm thinking it might be cost effective seeing what a 3''cb cost from west coast, opposed to across ye pond

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I think you guys are way over thinking this. Use whichever exhaust fits/looks good/sounds good. Buy a big enough turbo and the exhaust choice makes little difference.

The STI muffler and stock midpipe flowed enough for 350 whp with the Dom1.5, worrying about the muffler tip reducing in diameter 1/8" or whatever is silly.
"flowed enough" is the mitigating factor.
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You are in Europe, just sell the Cobb and get a Forester specific from UK sources: Miltek or H&S.
Thanks for your reply!

Do you think that their exhaust has less resonance?

Will they match up to the Cobb downpipe?

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[quote=northman;1186419....... worrying about the muffler tip reducing in diameter 1/8" or whatever is silly.[/quote]

I am just looking for a Fox specific catback after running WRX for years (no longer want to deal with double/XL hangers, or the extra noise that the smaller wrx can emits), I also want a true 3" system, my formerWRX system was sold as 3" but "the whole muffler internals" not just tip were 2.5", 1/2" reduction not 1/8".

I have a 2.5" WRX H&S that I purchased years ago that I love but the cost of conversion to 3" piping and modify hangers is over $500 plus I have not found a good TIG shop in the area.
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I think you guys are way over thinking this. Use whichever exhaust fits/looks good/sounds good. Buy a big enough turbo and the exhaust choice makes little difference.

The STI muffler and stock midpipe flowed enough for 350 whp with the Dom1.5, worrying about the muffler tip reducing in diameter 1/8" or whatever is silly.
i agree with northman. not sure how much these other catbacks cost but i wouldnt spend the extra for the size difference on the muffler. i wouldnt change a thing on the maddad, if it were bigger than it might not sound as good or have drone or something. not worth the risk imo.

on the other hand i havent even looked at the other brands mentioned in this thread. as long as the quality is good,fxt specific, and the price is right.
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Default Hayward & Scott 3" Forester Specific Catback Ordered !

H&S was easy to deal with, the General Manager replied to my PMs overnight and I was pleasantly surprised by their shipping rates just about $50 more than what you would pay to a domestic vendor !

Also, we USA customers don't pay the UK tax listed on the website (our price is shown under excl tax) plus the exchange rate is now very favorable about 20% better than 2 years ago (1 GBP = $1.58 was $2.00).





Forester New Age Backbox in 3" - Forester - Subaru - Hayward and Scott

Forester New Age Centre pipe in 3" - Forester - Subaru - Hayward and Scott

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