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#1 Old 07-12-2011, 08:47 AM
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2011 WRX Cat back worth it?

I have a 2011 WRX that I just got a couple months ago, and have been considering changing the exhaust to the SPT cat back direct from Subaru. I am wondering if it is actually worth the change from what came factory on the car.

I love the sound of the exhaust now, will the change drastically change that? and if so, will it be louder? Will I actually see hp gains? is it worth the money?

Someone bailed on it and it is sitting at the dealership waiting to be bought for a 'deal' price of $900, regularly around $1150. Is this a good price?

Last question, the parts and service people at Subaru advised that I install myself, and save the labor cost, telling me it is a simple 3 bolts to remove and reinstall, is this true?

Thanks in advance!
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The only benefit to a CBE at your point is sound. There may be a few hp/tq out of it, but think less than 5hp.

Personally, I wouldn't get SPT because it's generally a smaller pipe than you can get with similarly priced competitors, but for $900 that's not a bad price.

Pretty sure you can get away with only removing two bolts on the un-install, and you probably have to tighten six bolts on the install... It'll take you an hour even if you suck.

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Good price, but still over priced for what it is. Thats just my 2 cents tho.

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ya still over priced when full 3"'s go for 500-600. 2.5" isnt really worth the time and their welds are junk. google broken SPT exhausts, the welds and pipe break all the time.

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SPT exhaust is a bit over priced IMO for just sound. If you looking for just change in sound since a CBE doesn't provide a increase in HP. Check out Nameless, they make a Axl back exhuast for $300. You tube vidoes for sound clips. They look great and sounds really nice, I'm waiting for mine to come in hopefully this week or early next week.
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Nameless is just a axleback that eliminates the muffler. For $300 that is kinda pricey.

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I have the SPT exhaust on my WRX... it sounds great. It was already on the car when I bought it brand new, but if you aren't planning to squeeze every bit of HP out of it and like the sound then I say go for it.

My name is Ken and I am a HP Junkie.
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Ken: when did you trade up?

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Ken: when did you trade up?
I got the new WRX a couple weeks ago. Back in January I traded in my STI for a NA 2.5i wagon to try to save some money but I was so depressed every time I got behind the wheel that my wife said we could get a sports car for me again. Part of the deal was the car has to stay stock so no modding for me.

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^^^ O noes. STOCK power or STOCK everything?..... Boo.

Glad to have you back.

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^^^ O noes. STOCK power or STOCK everything?..... Boo.

Glad to have you back.
Gonna try to stick with stock everything. I may do a stage 1 tune if some sort.

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At least do suspension.....but its yr car......so whatever.

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Glad to have you back Ken. It must've killed you to step down from a STI to a NA 2.5 impreza. The 3rd gens are pretty nice though.

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