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Is there a better sounding exhaust for the '11 WRX/STI?

Ok, I always assumed that the SPT exhaust was very quiet compared to the stock '11 wrx/sti exhaust. I just stumbled upon this video and it changed my mind completely. Maybe it's just the good audio quality from the video but I honestly have not heard a better sounding exhaust online. Everything I hear sounds so ricer and not deep like the SPT.

I'm probably wrong but I just want to know what you guys think.

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Good luck running that exhaust if you lower your car, or live on a bumpy road. Do all the (CBE/ABE) for the new gen hang low like that (the part where the axle back connects to the midpipe)?

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I have this EXACT setup. I'm really pleased by how deep and throaty it sounds, but it's also not obnoxious and doesn't drone you out. Here:
I also can't tell you that it hangs down too low, as it sits about the same height as the muffler. I hope that helps.
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Wow that does sound very good. How much did you pay for your setup?
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I actually didn't buy these on this car. I have the receipt from the guy who owned the car before me. Not cheap. IT was $1350 for the CBE and then $550 for the Cobb catted DP. If it didn't have the DP I would have used my Perrin catted pipe I have sitting in my garage. Maybe one day I'll get around to selling that thing on eBay or something. After hearing the exhaust in person, I'd TOTALLY spend the extra to get it. No one else's car sounds like it.

I used to have the Perrin DP combined with the SPT CBE on my 08 WRX before this. It was significantly louder than this car, FYI. It really depends on what you want. The Blitz is less rumbly, but it's also quieter, and the SPT is supposed to be pretty quiet compared to most WRX exhausts.
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So is your Blitz exhaust setup quieter than your SPT exhaust? I always thought the SPT exhaust was pretty quiet, but I didn't know Blitz was even quieter o.o

And was the SPT deeper and more bassy/rumbly than the Blitz?
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That does sound REALLY awesome. I would either go with this one or the Invidia N1 CBE.
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Ok, I always assumed that the SPT exhaust was very quiet compared to the stock '11 wrx/sti exhaust. I just stumbled upon this video and it changed my mind completely. Maybe it's just the good audio quality from the video but I honestly have not heard a better sounding exhaust online. Everything I hear sounds so ricer and not deep like the SPT.

I'm probably wrong but I just want to know what you guys think.

YouTube - 2011 WRX Hatch - Stock vs SPT Exhaust
This is my car! I really like how the SPT sounds. It's noticeably louder than stock, but not overpowering.

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Good luck running that exhaust if you lower your car, or live on a bumpy road. Do all the (CBE/ABE) for the new gen hang low like that (the part where the axle back connects to the midpipe)?
I don't plan on lowering my car, but I do drive in MN winters. We'll see if there are any issues, but it has made it through a 6-10" snowstorm without any issues.

For the hatch, the CBE/ABE's are all doing to end up about that low. It's not quite as ground scraping as it looks, but it still does sit a hair lower than the muffler.

The sedan exhausts are obviously going to be different (dual can).

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That does sound REALLY awesome. I would either go with this one or the Invidia N1 CBE.
I think the COBB and PERRIN both sound good (based on video's online). I'm not a fan of the N1 mufffler look. Too much of the "fart can" influence, IMO.

The best thing you can do, is try to listen to it on a car before you decide to buy it. I know it's not always possible, but it really is best. Exhaust sound is completely preference, and even with good audio equipment, it is still nearly impossible to judge based on a video.
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i thought the hatchback exhaust kits don't fit on the sedans...
i am waiting for subaru to release an SPT system for the 11 WRX sedan :/
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i thought the hatchback exhaust kits don't fit on the sedans...
i am waiting for subaru to release an SPT system for the 11 WRX sedan :/
The hatch exhaust won't fit the sedan. New engine in the 2011 WRX making more HP. Not quite sure if they kept the exhaust stuff the same though. Pretty sure it went from 2 single pipes to 2 dual pipes or quad exhaust.
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If you haven't already heard this, you need to check it out. It's the exhaust I would run on my Subaru if I end up getting one. CobbTuning.com - SS 3" Catback.
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That sounds awesome.

A quick side note: on the 2011 models, is that lower center red piece a brake light or just a reflector? I noticed the one in the video was lighting up when the brakes were applied, but it also appeared as though there was a third brake light in the center of the back glass. It looked a little funny to me seeing 4 lights illuminate when the brakes were applied.

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FWIW I went Perrin downpipe + Perrin cat-back for my hatch. It's pure sex and I absolutely love it. Real nice and deep and very quality sounding.

The Perrin cat-back for the WRX hatch is just the 08+ STI cat-back which now fits. So youtube 08+ STI Perrin to hear it. It's gorgeous. I dunno if there are any differences for the sedan though but the sound should be the same.

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