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So I have a completely stock exhaust on my XT. I pinched my muffler on a curb last week and picked up a mint Prodrive axleback from a WRX. It's a the Prodrive Roundtip WRX axleback. The person who parted it out says that it fits onto the stock midpipe, but the gasket I picked up from Subaru doesn't seem to line up the holes, nor is it large enough for the diamater. The exhaust pipe coming from the axleback look like 2.5".

Any suggestions on what I can do, stat? I don't care where I get the gasket,or who makes it, as long as it's today! :)

Oh and right, would a 2.5" donut gasket do the trick?
 

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It seems that the gasket I bought at Subaru is a 2", not a 2.25" or 2.5 etc, so that doesn't even sound right for the stock exhaust.

Anyone have any ideas here? Pick up a 2.5 gasket? Pick up a donut gasket?
 

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Figured it out. It's for non turbo exhauts. The flange wouldn't bolt up if I had used it. Good thing I checked first.

I'll just return it tomorrow for the proper one then install my Prodrive exhaust.
 

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That's a bummer, Prodrive is a nice axle-back.

The stock gasket should work fine with it though, that's what I ran.

Stan
 

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Do you need part numbers? I have both gaskets sitting on my desk at home.
 

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Sure Neoshi. I wouldn't mind having that ready.
 

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Thanks again for the part number, Neoshi. Now they can't .. no I'll still say shouldn't.. get it wrong. ;)
 

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Hahaha I know how you feel... people don't expect an NA Forester to be modded, so when I buy OEM stuff at the dealership, they always give me XT stuff even when I just stated that it's an XS. :rolleyes!:
 

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Hehe, yeah, but in this case they were giving me XS stuff for my XT. :p
 

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Hahaha I know how you feel... people don't expect an NA Forester to be modded, so when I buy OEM stuff at the dealership, they always give me XT stuff even when I just stated that it's an XS. :rolleyes!:
Hah. Here I always end up with outback XT stuff even when I make sure they know its a forester XT. Local dealer parts department = fail.
 

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For sure. Bad news, my axleback didn't fit. It seems like the hangars are 2" lower than even what the Kartboy Xl hangars could clear.

I also have a Drawtight hitch, which is what one of the hangars bolt to.
I'll have to get something custom done or remove the hitch, since I never use it and it's rusting up some.

Anyone have any clever ideas?
 

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NAPA has hangers that are even longer than the KB XLs. Can't remember the PN though. Not sure what to do about the hitch though. If I never used it, I would just remove it and sell it. $$$$
 

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Yeah no kidding. Does anyone have pics of the underpan area stock? I'm not sure what would hold up the left hanger when the hitch is gone? Also, does anyone have a link to a hitch install? My hitch ball is also rusted into place with the hitch receiver, so it should go.
 

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Well I believe I know what I need to remove the rear hitch, which is extremely easy. I just watched a hitch install and the installation manual to find out what is taken off as far as brackets go during installation. If I'm missing anything, I'll just order them up and use some even longer Napa exhaust hangars. I want this Prodrive on pronto. :)
 
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