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Old 03-19-2013, 03:48 PM   #21
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I decided to make my car louder using the 2.5" exhaust from my 2002 Focus. It looked like it would kinda fit, which it totally did!

20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_083403 by mellephants, on Flickr

Note, in preparation to do this, I took care of "step 1" at home a couple days before going to the muffler shop... rear muffler delete.

20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_085152 by mellephants, on Flickr

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Yes, the hump from my old exhaust fits over the 2012 subframe (with a little convincing from their hydraulic bender)

20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_094501 by mellephants, on Flickr

Even though my old exhaust flange looked like it would have bolted directly to the 2012 flange, we decided to weld the new piping to the stock piping after the flange, so that I could keep using the stock flange, because it has a lot better chance of never leaking this way.

20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_100028 by mellephants, on Flickr

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Now, I thought about just leaving the exhaust like this, but to keep the noise somewhat reasonable inside, and avoid soot all over my bumper, I had them extend it out a bit past the bumper.

20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_100323 by mellephants, on Flickr

More shots of how it looks under there now (walking from the rear of the car toward the front):

20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_101043 by mellephants, on Flickr

20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_101443 by mellephants, on Flickr

Note I was unable to fit the oval Borla muffler in the same place I had it on my 2002 Focus. In the future I could try to stuff some other smaller muffler in there (Borla makes a 5" round 10" long muffler)

20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_101457 by mellephants, on Flickr

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20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_101503 by mellephants, on Flickr

20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_101506 by mellephants, on Flickr

... and here's how it looks when it's on the ground. Very normal looking. Good.

20130319_NEX5_IMG_20130319_115717 by mellephants, on Flickr

... now how does it sound? Well, it sounds good... and loud. Which is exactly what I wanted, for now. Might as well get the red wheels, next, right?

Future plans to quiet it a bit more are either using the Borla round 5" x 10" length where I've got that straight pipe, or buying a mandrel 90 and re-using my oval Borla muffler under the trunk area (similar to the OE configuration, but about half the size/weight and 0.5" wider opening).

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