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Hi all, the stock centre pipe and rear silencer on my 2008 XTen are cracked and blowing. They're more rust than metal so I'm looking at replacements.

Based on my own research and to keep costs down, I'm hoping to get a 2.5 decat centre pipe from Hayward & Scott, but their rear silencer is pretty pricey at over £300.

Are there any other options for a rear silencer? I'm not after a lot of noise so wonder if a standard rear box from Subaru combined with the centre decat would be the best bet?

Thanks, Jack
 

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From what I've seen there's not a lot of choice for the forester in the way of back boxes. I've recently sold a Genome sti back box as I'm not a fan of the tone they produce and have been looking at a prodrive box off an impreza however there's a lot of messing around for fitment issues.
There's used aftermarket options on ebay but they are £300 for a used box which makes a new hayard and Scott option seem more logical. On that which box are you looking at as when I had a look they were nearer the £250 mark for the box?
I've had a hayaward and Scott box on a hatch back impreza sti and to be honest it was a quiet box with a deep burble on tick over which only came to life with a heavy press on the go pedal so I think you'd be safe with that as an option.
 

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Thanks for your reply, that's good to know that it might not be too loud. I'm used to noisy cars (have a Honda S2000 with an HKS exhaust and have lived with various classics) but this is my long journeys car so don't want anything too crazy.

This was the one I'd been pointed to by H&S:

https://www.haywardandscott.com/sub...ew-age-backbox-with-silencer-in-tailpipe.html

I'd been struggling to find other options as you say, there doesn't seem to be much out there, and I'm not keen on faffing around with an Impreza box.

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Thanks for your reply, that's good to know that it might not be too loud. I'm used to noisy cars (have a Honda S2000 with an HKS exhaust and have lived with various classics) but this is my long journeys car so don't want anything too crazy.

This was the one I'd been pointed to by H&S:

https://www.haywardandscott.com/sub...ew-age-backbox-with-silencer-in-tailpipe.html

I'd been struggling to find other options as you say, there doesn't seem to be much out there, and I'm not keen on faffing around with an Impreza box.

Thanks again
Right that's why it's was more expensive, the one in the advert is fitted with an additional silencer in the box which will obviously make it quieter.
If you're used to loud back boxes I'd be confident to say there standard box would be just fine. Horses for course though as exhaust notes and levels are very subjective.
Try to find some clips on YouTube, now I appreciate that's not always going to be accurate due to position of cameras etc but it may give you an idea. Or call/email Hayward and Scott they might be able to advise you
 

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Thanks yes it's the version with the additional silencer I'm looking at. Have spoken to Ian at H&S who was very helpful, it's all ordered and hoping it'll be fitted during the course of next week so I'll report back!
 

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Thanks yes it's the version with the additional silencer I'm looking at. Have spoken to Ian at H&S who was very helpful, it's all ordered and hoping it'll be fitted during the course of next week so I'll report back!
Good work mate. Did you manage to hear the two different boxes?
 

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Thanks yes it's the version with the additional silencer I'm looking at. Have spoken to Ian at H&S who was very helpful, it's all ordered and hoping it'll be fitted during the course of next week so I'll report back!
Hi Jack,

Very interested in what you are doing here - I was planning on putting a Prodrive Impreza sti box on, but your setup sounds a better plan.....as I am not really supposed to be crawling around under cars at the moment. Would appreciate knowing what it costs and whether you need a remap or not. (I am mechanically literate, but know nothing whatsoever about turbos/mapping etc.). Also, did you need the solid diamond sealing ring? (£40 :icon_eek: )

cheers

Pete
 

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Hi Pete.

It was around £500 plus shipping and fitting, which was a bit painful but I couldn't find any decent second hand parts and new OEM pieces were very expensive. Any catted centre pipe was much more expensive too. I did get the sealing ring too, yes. I think the quality is great and I couldn't fault H&S for service too.

I've not remapped it and the engine is otherwise bog standard. It seems to run very well and does feel a little more pokey I think. I've read about an ECU reset procedure although not tried this. Does anyone know if I should?

The sound is exactly what I wanted. There's a mild burble which gives the car the character it needed, but it's certainly not loud at all.
 

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Hi Pete.

It was around £500 plus shipping and fitting, which was a bit painful but I couldn't find any decent second hand parts and new OEM pieces were very expensive. Any catted centre pipe was much more expensive too. I did get the sealing ring too, yes. I think the quality is great and I couldn't fault H&S for service too.

I've not remapped it and the engine is otherwise bog standard. It seems to run very well and does feel a little more pokey I think. I've read about an ECU reset procedure although not tried this. Does anyone know if I should?

The sound is exactly what I wanted. There's a mild burble which gives the car the character it needed, but it's certainly not loud at all.
Hi Jack,

Many thanks for posting a follow up. It sounds like that may be the best route for me to go, as my local mot station would be happy to fit.


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Hi Pete.

It was around £500 plus shipping and fitting, which was a bit painful but I couldn't find any decent second hand parts and new OEM pieces were very expensive. Any catted centre pipe was much more expensive too. I did get the sealing ring too, yes. I think the quality is great and I couldn't fault H&S for service too.

I've not remapped it and the engine is otherwise bog standard. It seems to run very well and does feel a little more pokey I think. I've read about an ECU reset procedure although not tried this. Does anyone know if I should?

The sound is exactly what I wanted. There's a mild burble which gives the car the character it needed, but it's certainly not loud at all.
Would be great to hear a sound clip. I'm struggling to find an alternative as poffer I was looking at a prodrive box but there's to much hassle getting it to fit. Forester specific boxes are a rarity item from what I've seen so quarm a higher price. There's an aftermarket one on ebay at 300 quid and a new H&S can be had cheaper and with a guarantee.

Just not sure to opt for the silenced box or not.

Also any chance of a few pictures to see how it sits, how far out and the diameter of the exit pipe. In the pictures on their Web it looks smaller than the std sti lip.

Cheers
 
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