With graduation coming up, and it being a few months since last mod, it's time to start looking into my next move. For those who don't know, I'm currently in a 2011 STi sedan, with a stage 2+ COBB AP OTS tune, and nameless muffler delete. I'm pretty satisfied with the cars handling, and would like to get a Pro-tune before I do sways and endlinks. That being said, before I just get a Pro-tune, I want to make it 'worth-while' (if you will). I'm going to go with a mod that will require a tune. The next thing I want are headers.
First decision: UEL or EL headers?
I like the 'Subaru' sound, but I love the way the EL headers sound. I'm not very familiar with performance differences between the two types, but I'm pretty sure I've heard EL will be better performance wise, so if I like the way it sounds more, and the performance is slightly better, decision made. EL headers will be the type I go with.
So far the only 2 I have seen are Invidia and Tomei. I have an Invidia High-Flow catted DP, and I was more then pleased with it. It came looking great, I showed all my friends before I installed it and they said they wished their exhausts came looking like that! I wouldn't mind going with Invidia again, however, me being the type of person I am, I like to be slightly different, I think going with Tomei mite give me a little better chance of not having the same exhaust set up as many people. I could be wrong and that could sound completely un-intelligent, but that's my theory. Also, I like to try different brands and learn for myself if I would go with them again or not; obviously I would not try a brand thats not suggested by many, but if I can't find any input I'll give it a shot. Any suggestions hear would be great, thank you!!
I'm pretty sure I could do this install myself, however, I'm not to confident on heat wrapping, I've never done it before. Now that I think about it I could just wait til a Wednesday and swing by the Subaru meet and I'm sure some guys would be more then happy to help. But the more I think about the idea of installing this exhaust, and then driving with it about 2 hours to the shop on the ECU not tuned to it, just sounds worse and worse. Am I being dumb, and the car will be fine?
I know I've asked before, but I'm going to ask again just so I have all this information in one, slightly organized place. I live in Montvale, in Bergen County New Jersey, for those who know that area. I'd like to find a shop decently nearby, however if driving on this exhaust un-tuned for a bit doesn't matter I'm willing to drive 3-4 hours. I've heard EFI Logics is excellent, but Precision Tuning only has subaru on their website which pulls me in. Any thoughts here, and anybody have any personal experiences?