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    hey guys!

    Hey guys...

    I drive a 2004 rally blue WRX wagon. With a stage 2 tune from FTW tuning in Eugene. This is my 1st awd + Turbo car.... I've had 5 other vehicles

    1st- 87 bmw e30 325e
    2nd- 92 bmw e36 325i
    3rd- (favorite rwd car) 95 bmw dinan M3 coup
    4th- 88 bmw dinan e30 325is
    5th- 97 lifted 4runner

    As you can see I have had rwd/normally aspirated cars before this scoobi... Ive always loved wrx's/sti's but never really got to drive one. Since i live in the valley where we experience all four seasons I thought it was about time I grab one. Even though I don't go a day without missing my m3 This wrx is TRULY AMAZING- the turbo and the awd is something i never got to have and im loving it!! not to mention good clearence and the wagon giving me enough space to sleep comfortable on the mountain with my 2 dogs. However all be the first to admit IM a true noob.... I know very little about these cars..


    I've been hearing alot controversy about up pipes... and not sure if its actually worth the $..??

    i already have full exhaust with down pipe....+ intake and ECU (tune)

    if this would be a good thing to add on- does anyone know of a solid sight to purchase one from??

    thanks a lot

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    You should get a catless uppipe as soon as possible.

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    I actually talked to a muffler shop who specializes in Subaru's, and he said the up-pipe concern is without warrant. He said because it's a wrapped cat (and non-ceramic) that it can't break apart and get sucked into the engine. Don't know if this is true, but it sounds plausible. Just thought I'd toss the opinion of a shop owner who's handled Subies for years in there. Anyways, welcome to the site
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cephalgia
    I actually talked to a muffler shop who specializes in Subaru's, and he said the up-pipe concern is without warrant. He said because it's a wrapped cat (and non-ceramic) that it can't break apart and get sucked into the engine. Don't know if this is true, but it sounds plausible. Just thought I'd toss the opinion of a shop owner who's handled Subies for years in there. Anyways, welcome to the site
    That mechanic has never seen a failure, which is great for him and stock 2.0L WRX owners in your area that he has worked on. The fact is, it's a well-documented issue with pictures all over the Internet.

    A friend of mine went through an issue last year, in which his turbo got replaced under warranty due to this.
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    Did Subaru used to use ceramic or honeycomb cats? I'm wondering why this was such a big problem, and why the shop owner doesn't think it would be an issue? Either way, I'm glad I have an 09, I heard uppipe installs are a nightmare
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