This is a discussion on Attn '02-'05 WRX Owners: The Importance of the Uppipe Mod within the Engine Modifications forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Originally Posted by mmmsti Well, so can aftermarket UEL headers. The main difference between the two is the resulting power ...
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I guess it depends on what your looking for in h.p. / performance gains...I like the low end torque and power, my car has the Cobb Stage 2 map installed right now...I am not saying that headers do not make an improvement in the higher power band area..but they are very pricy for what you get out of them..
Well, another option is the Grimspeed setup...
As far as gains, 3rd party unrelated Subaru owners have seen ~15 whp/wtq gains, most notably in the low and mid range. You should also expect to see quicker spool up time.
Grimmspeed PnP Exhaust Manifold w/ HiFlow Crosspipe Package 02+ WRX/STi Import Image Racing
Another vote here for changing it ASAP!
I changed mine recently and it was indeed starting to fall apart.
I swapped it for a TurboXS. Fitment was great with no leaks:
2004 Subaru Impreza WRX
2004 Dodge Neon SRT-4
I've had a recoated Ebay special up in for about 5 years now. No flex section, no issues.
Blobeye Syndicate #2004
Military Militia #30-06
2004 WRX - JBP:Stage 2:13.93 @ 96
Wingless alas. Too bad it took a 50 ton truck to make it happen.