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Old 03-12-2005, 05:17 PM   #1
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MBRP vs. Borla Catback

Decided to trade some FI parts for a new Borla catback to replace my MBRP. The MBRP has a nice deep tone (and an excellent price), but I found it alittle too tiresome on a day to day basis. The Borla system sounds great, but just attracts LESS attention. Don't turn this into a pissing match, please. I'm just posting these pictures and soundclips for the unknowing!


LINK TO EXHAUST SOUNDCLIPS



LINK TO MUFFLER SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON

LINK TO TIP SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON

I found the finish of each to be about equal. The Borla definitely was easier to slide together and get looking good, but this isn't saying the MBRP was crap. It was actually quite good.

The Borla is significantly lighter (weight) than the MBRP. A quick measurement shows that Borla's tubing is ~20% thinner (and therefore about 20% lighter). If this were not stainless steel, I'd be concerned. With Borla's 1,000,000 mile warranty, I'm pretty sure this will be fine.


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Old 03-12-2005, 05:33 PM   #2
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Great post. I've never heard the Borla sound so good, you don't have an ORP do you?
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Old 03-12-2005, 06:37 PM   #3
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Great post. I've never heard the Borla sound so good, you don't have an ORP do you?
No, I don't. The Borla clip is the quieter of the two. It will get deeper over time, since it is still settling in. The MBRP was good, but man, I've forgotten what my engine sounded like
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Nice choice with going with the Borla, that's what I have and I have been nothing but pleased with it. Congrats on the awesome exhaust. Especially love the deep tone it has, sounds mature and professional, no rice at all.
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Old 03-12-2005, 07:38 PM   #5
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There is a reason why the borla is more expensive, good exhaust. Also, thank you for donating your videos/bandwith to ff.com for people like me to see. As much as I like the borla, I'm still a sucker for our stock exhaust note, especially with the sound of the short ram. good post!
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Old 03-12-2005, 09:47 PM   #6
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There is a reason why the borla is more expensive, good exhaust. Also, thank you for donating your videos/bandwith to ff.com for people like me to see. As much as I like the borla, I'm still a sucker for our stock exhaust note, especially with the sound of the short ram. good post!
No problem.

Knowing what I know now, I would have stuck with the stock exhaust and a RT cat. However, I ditched my stock exhaust quite some time before we all found out most aftermarket exhausts don't do much. Plus, the MBRP was CHEAP.

This is much better. I had Borla on my Jetta and loved it. It was a bit louder than this, but this should get a bit louder over time, so we'll see.
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Hmmm, I might be interested in taking the MBRP off your hands essveetee, are you selling it?
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Knowing what I know now, I would have stuck with the stock exhaust and a RT cat.
You don't per chance have a link to a clip of stock exhaust with an RT cat?

I would love to do the RT cat, but honestly I am afraid of the rice sound it might make. Reason I say this is this clip:

http://www.c-f-m.com/mvc-719v.mpg

That is an ORP with stock exhaust, but from what I am being told the RT cat is only slightly quieter then an ORP, which makes me think it would be similar to this. I just don't want that sound (I like the stock sound actually), so I have held out on getting the RT cat. I guess worst case I could always go RT + borla, which might not be so bad.
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