2002 Subaru Outback Exhaust

Asked by Apr 03, 2015 at 06:55 PM about the 2002 Subaru Outback Base Wagon

Question type: Car Customization

Looking to do a new exhaust on my Outback too quiet for my liking. So just curious as to
what options there are and having trouble finding whole exhaust systems wanting to get a
full system. So is there any other model that should have identical exhaust?

6 Answers


You really don't need a full exhaust, a cat-back is all you need to increase the noise level with different mufflers. If those aren't available for your vehicle, all you need to do is swap the mufflers.

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A full custom system (with tube headers) will give you more hp. & only if it's NOT turbo, tube headers are a must. If turbo use a cat back system only, because the exaust manifold runs & charges the turbocharger. Aftermarket (Flow Master) cat back exhausts are OK but having a 3" custom tube bent up with 3" inlet & outlet cat convertor & 3" in & out muffler is best. (I used a Raven cat & muffler). Most exhaust shops with a hydraulic tube bender can make them. A 3" single pipe flows more than smaller duel pipes & sounds deeper.


Glass pack cut out old muffler replace with glasspack sounds and looks good


And research a chambered exaust system (crimped pipes with a preferated baffle running down the middle of the pipes) & best sounding!


Hmm, you really want to do this on a 2002 car? Maybe it would be appropriate on a WRX STI, but, on an Outback? I imagine your car is a 2.5-liter engine? What do you really expect to achieve? The only advantage here is that the new exhaust system will make your car breathe easier, but, the extra noise factor gets tiresome very quickly. Sounds cool at first, but, it gets annoying. Trust me, I had this on an old VW and you'll find out. My best advice is don't do it. It won't turn your car into a speed demon and why would you want that, it's a station wagon! If I were you and wanted a fast car, trade it in on a WRX STI. Good luck.


My supercharged 06' JCW Mini-S was only 1.6 lt. tweeked to 250 hp, & my 2013 turbo Fiat Abarth is only 1.4 lt. tuned to 180 hp. So HP can be made from small engines. Exhaust sound can be desirable if done right! (ref: Abarth). Don't use obnoxious sounding glass pack mufflers, use a crimped chambered exhaust. Jim K. & old school.

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