Hi all. new to the club but have owned bone stock 02 wagon for almost a year now. 91k. thing is, i've been combing these forums and, though the car has been very well maintained, i've got it into my head that my up-pipe with a pre cat in it could detonate. so i picked up an STI up pipe. when i call the performance shop however for an install (i have no tools and i move a lot), they said they have a 3" OBX cat-less TBE they'd sell me for $400. who doesn't want 30 extra hp (and 3 more MPG)? BUT the NOISE! i'm all about sleepers, and when she isn't passing yet another tank of crap fuel, i'm ok with stock power. still, it's got me thinking. the price is good. what sort of things can i do to hush the fart can aspect within a reasonable budget and without killing the power? what would the real HP gain be on my stocker with the OBX TBE if i had a Cat welded in (for sound and conscience)? not much, i'd reckon. maybe i answered my own question.