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I've been reading on here that a custom MagnaFlow setup is likely the best "economical but effective" way to go for a custom exhaust.

Not to copy, but I was hoping to do something similar to what Bobby did on his 2007 as seen here.

I'm looking for a place to go, maybe someplace recommended by someone who has had work done there in person as I know there are quite a few Seattle residents on the forum.

Also curious to a round about price for the procedure.

I'm planning to do this after I get my intake going which should be in the next few months after I recover from the dent my new rims and tires put in my wallet.
 

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Nothing wrong with going with a Magnaflow & the axle back will be under $300! We have one on all 3 of our vehicles & we love the sound! :cool: Unless you want a louder sound, leave the factory resonator. You can always pop in an aftermarket resonator later on if you want a louder exhaust. :wink:

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JohnJohn at Outback Automotive in Auburn. He's the man. He's a good buddy and does EVERYTHING to our subies. He's definitely a subie guru and specializes in exhaust work/tuning/everything. On the local chapter on NASIOC he often runs service specials, you should take a peek. And he's also the owner and a super guy =) Let him know Jessica with the Forester sent ya if you call!
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Bit of a drive to Auburn but I might call and talk some things over, maybe try to get more than one thing done at the same time if hes a Subaru guy.
 

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Im building a custom exhaust for my SF5 right now with a magnaflow. They sound awesome on a 2.5RS I did for a friend and I want the same sound on mine. Definitly the way i would go
 

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Let us know what you do! I looking to do the same!
I heard it about 50 to 75 dollars to take a muffler and turn it into an axel back
 

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I'm glad it should stay under $500. Makes me happy.

I will let you all know what I decide to do.

In the meantime keep throwing out suggestions for possible local places. Nice to have options.
 

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Do you have a Walt's near you? The one in Renton was going to build me a full 3" catback system with a magnaflow muffler for $300. It should be even cheaper for an X model since you should use 2.25" ID piping at the most.

You could also find a used WRX or XT muffler and have them do a catback using it. Used XT and WRX mufflers go for $50 or less, so it is a cheap option. Tre36 is running a straight midpipe (no resonator) with an XT muffler and it sounds good. It is not loud, doesn't drone, but sounds much better than the 1.75" setup his 03 X had on it stock.
 

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Well I talked to the local Walts manager and he was kind of an donkey. Didn't seem interested in helping me out at all, he took my name and # and said he would get me a quote, but I'm not expecting any calls.
 

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Does the magnaflow actually result in any noticeable performance or mileage improvements?
 

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A basic muffler has no tubing, just the box or can. If you buy a Magnaflow or similar Universal style muffer they add the rest of the pipes at the install. So if you get one of the Magnaflow mufflers for $150, they will charge $50-$75 to make it fit your car and have it bolt up to your midpipe.
 

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A basic muffler has no tubing, just the box or can. If you buy a Magnaflow or similar Universal style muffer they add the rest of the pipes at the install. So if you get one of the Magnaflow mufflers for $150, they will charge $50-$75 to make it fit your car and have it bolt up to your midpipe.

I had a custom shop fab mine up out the door for 185 includinng mufflers
 
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