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Old 09-29-2008, 04:42 PM   #1
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Cat-back or intercooler first ??

I'm calling on the wisdom of the wise here. 2000 Viggen Vert. 129k, Stage 3 Nordic, V2 DP, GS intake. I know I need the ETS like yesterday, but my stock exhaust is pissing me off. Its rattling and squeaking (and too quiet). A hanger has been missing since I bought it last year. When I take right turns, it sounds like the biggest shit box in the world. The rest of the exhaust isn't rotted and I'm a fan of the stock tip. The ETS IS going to get done, eventually.

Basically, Is exhaust right now a step forward? or to the side? I was also considering chopping out the resonator and fixing the hanger. Worth it?

Thanks in advance ladies and gents. . . .
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Old 09-29-2008, 04:48 PM   #2
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i think the IC will be okay for now, definitely a good idea to cut out the center res.
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if you're having issues with your exhaust, just take care of that first... ETS (though how very awesome it is) can wait
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my 99 vig has the muffler removed and the center res and its not really loud but it has a great tone.
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why don't you just have the center res cut out, the hanger welded up, and get the ETS?
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why don't you just have the center res cut out, the hanger welded up, and get the ETS?

Yeah, no shit.


The exhaust issue sounds like an 80-120 dollar job at an exhaust shop.


An intercooler will give you much better gains than a catback anyway.

You already have the DP, and that's where most of the gains are to be had.
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An intercooler will give you much better gains than a catback anyway.

You already have the DP, and that's where most of the gains are to be had.
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cat backs just sound good.

Get the IC
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i never really felt safe beating on my stg4 car with a viggen IC. it's not that good. i agree with these guys; cut the center resonator out, fix the hanger, and then get the IC
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Your car will really wake up with the IC.
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Old 09-30-2008, 09:25 AM   #11
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Thanks guys. I'm going to try to find some time to get it to the exhaust shop, unless I get ahold of a sawzall. still need a hanger though. Wish i pulled the trigger on the ETS already. Hopefully i can pick one up before it starts getting too cold here.

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my 99 vig has the muffler removed and the center res and its not really loud but it has a great tone.
I like this idea as well, maybe more.

Anybody ever cut the res AND muffler out ?
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