Finally got around to getting a video clip of my SPT CBE and put together a little before and after video. I know that there already is an SPT before and after video with a 2011 WRX hatch, but I did a full RPM cycle so you guys can hear it at every throttle level....enjoy!
In 1080p if you have a screen that will support it (this is already posted in the Exhaust Sound Clips thread):
I believe that this exhaust sounds great; pairing its tone with the ease of mind of not running into warranty issues, I don't think it gets any better. Granted, this setup is relatively expensive (mine was ~$850 after a 20% discount), but it is a perfect blend of the Boxer rumble noise that we all love and the daily driver ability that most of us need.
I did want to address a couple of particulars about the exhaust as well. As many of you know, the flange that connects to the muffler to the main pipe (near the rear axle) sits significantly lower than the stock's bend. Here is a before and after of the clearnace that you will find with the SPT exhaust.
Before (Lowest Point of Exhaust): ~7 inches
Note that the lowest point of the exhaust falls almost exactly inline with the rear axle and, therefore, the tallest part of the wheel.
After (Lowest Point of Exhaust): ~5inches
Note that the lowest point of the exhaust has been shifted towards the rear of the car more and, therefore, does not have the added clearance benefit of the tallest part of the wheel.
A simple example can be seen below. The green square represents an approximation of where the lowest point of the stock exhaust lies. The red square represents an approximation of where the lowest point of the SPT exhaust lies. You'll notice that the SPT exhaust actually has only about half of the clearance potential of the stock system.
Furthermore, I wanted to note the difference between where the tips "sit" on both setups with respect to the bumper. I did this to clear up a very common complaint about the SPT exhaust (that the SPT tips hang lower than the stock tips).
Before (Distance between top of tips to bottom of exhaust cutout): ~1.75 inches
After (Distance between top of tips to bottom of exhaust cutout): ~1.5 inches (just barely over)
I did not modify the SPT exhaust in any way to "lift" it; this is how it came out of the Subaru shop although, if anyone still feels like it is excessively low, there is the quick "$5 Fix" to raise the tips floating around a Legacy forum. It can be found here:
Well, that's all I have on the subject...hope it helps!