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    Catback vs turboback

    I just bought a 2013 wrx hatch and am a nubie. I am planning to gey a cobb exhaust. I like to low rumble and i dont want it too loud. More hp would also be nice. Ive been reading a lot but i still cant figure out if im better off with a turboback or catback exhaust. This will actually be my first mod to the car. Please help!!!!

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    For sound I'd go with either an axleback or a catback. There are no power gains with either.

    If you are looking for more power you can go with a turboback or a downpipe which would absolutely require a tune & a bigger investment of course.

    This diagram will give you a better idea.

    2011 WRX
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    The Big 2011/2012 Mod Thread

    Ooh,hang on. That is the throb of a turbocharged flat four engine. A sound which,all over the world,heralds the imminent arrival of a moron - JC.

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    Depends on your budget. Axleback can be cheaper than a catback. Turboback = catback + downpipe

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    I'm really happy with the sound of my catback..

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    Well if you go turbo back you will need a tune since you will have a better flowing exhaust.
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    Catback gets you sound.

    Turboback gets you more power + sound.

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