Just installed my TBE on my hatch today, figured I would post up the photos and some general considerations from this.
I would like to start by saying Fast Tuning Products (Forum Vendor here at clubwrx) was excellent. Shipping was here 2 days after placing the order, nothing banged up, and I got a really good deal from them. Thanks again guys.
The hardest part of this install was the exhaust studs of course. I started at 1600 on Friday 01FEB, but wasn't able to finish, since I did not let the PBblaster soak in long enough. So after letting PB soak all night long, I ended up just installing the cat back, and coming back to the auto shop at 0730 this morning 02FEB. After I got it up on the lift, I took off the stock DP aft section up on the lift, then dropped it and got back to work on the DP studs. They were all easy to break loose after the nights soaking.
Here is a shot of the pre-install of the downpipe, you can see the forward section of the catback is removed here.
Here is a shot of the tips, 3.5" quad tip with bluing. Sweet.
Downpipe is going in here..
Before and after cat back forward section install. Everytime I come around yo city, bling bling!
Perrin heat shield installed.
So what did I learn from this?
1. Let PB blaster soak in long enough, give it a full night, don't rush, and they will break easy.
2. Don't forget it install the old heat shield bracket on your studs after installing the new downpipe, or you'll have to go back and do that!
3. Use a lift, even if Zax and Matty say it's easier on the ground, I think they are just jealous of my awesome lift abilities.
Review of TurboXS Sound.
After doing a few pulls for my cobb logs, I think that is sounds freakin' awesome. It is a bit loud on the HW at ~70, but I was able to hold a conversation through bluetooth, and listen to music at ~24 without it being a major pain. It is louder, bottom line, and you will have to be ready for that. Not much of a dB difference between just the cat back being installed versus the full turbo back, but I will say that the DP added some deep growl. Car spools to 18 psi quickly, and it is quick!