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    Ok so I've narrowed my exhaust choices down to 2, I'm deciding between the Greddy SE Axelback or the Megan OE-RS catback. I like the oe style tip (as opposed to a canister), and I like the blue burnt look. Not trying to be too loud since I have an 09' so it has the shitty sounding updated motor. I'm thinking the catback would be better performance wise but I don't want any rasp (also why I'm sticking with the stock header). Although the greddy is a little on the quiet side I think it looks and sounds better than the catback. Both of these are around the $500-$600 range. Anyone running either of these or have any other suggestions?

    here's some links for reference

    https://meganracing.com/mr-abe-stc05.html

    http://www.autocityimport...back-exhaust-p-15473.html
    thatbluescion wrote:
    Ok so I've narrowed my exhaust choices down to 2, I'm deciding between the Greddy SE Axelback or the Megan OE-RS catback. I like the oe style tip (as opposed to a canister), and I like the blue burnt look. Not trying to be too loud since I have an 09' so it has the shitty sounding updated motor. I'm thinking the catback would be better performance wise but I don't want any rasp (also why I'm sticking with the stock header). Although the greddy is a little on the quiet side I think it looks and sounds better than the catback. Both of these are around the $500-$600 range. Anyone running either of these or have any other suggestions?

    here's some links for reference

    https://meganracing.com/mr-abe-stc05.html

    http://www.autocityimport...back-exhaust-p-15473.html



    wow.. you definitely have a tough decision to make! Those are both good brands, not cheap quality! Good job finding both! Ok my thoughts on it, you said you don't want rasp, but a nice sporty sound? If you look at the megan muffler, you'll see it's longer, that right there will make it more quiet, and less raspy. I can see they modeled it after the stock muffler, but just more "free flowing" I think that's what you want, something that gives performance but doesn't sound cheap.

    have you been able to find videos of this muffler? Then you'll know what it sounds like.
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    Thanks for the reply!

    From what I've heard the axelback section of the Megan is basically just a stock muffler with a blue tip so ya it should keep it pretty quiet. Theres only one video I've been able to find of the full Megan catback on a tC1.5 with the stock header but its pretty old and hard to judge what it would really sound like based on that

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I60nqLHEheY

    Although I do care about performance I guess I'm more concerned with sound because both options are gonna be better than stock performance wise, and I'd rather enjoy the sound more than gain the extra 3-5 hp

    Heres the Greddy on an all stock tC1.5 :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thvWYGBjLLU

    Comparing just the axelbacks the Greddy is definitely more free flowing than the Megan axelback alone since the Megan has a much bigger muffler. Personally I think the Greddy sounds better since the Megan is so quiet and sounds basically stock (I could be wrong about this I've only heard it in videos), so would the exhaust note be improved more by the muffler or by the resonators/midpipes?

    Sorry if this doesn't make any sense, I get that it's all subjective but I'm still a noob and unfortunately don't have the budget to fool around with a bunch of different options so I wanna try to get it as perfect as I can first try. Appreciate the help!

    Edit:
    Another thing I just thought of, would the catback cause any loss in low end torque?
    thatbluescion wrote:
    Thanks for the reply!

    From what I've heard the axelback section of the Megan is basically just a stock muffler with a blue tip so ya it should keep it pretty quiet. Theres only one video I've been able to find of the full Megan catback on a tC1.5 with the stock header but its pretty old and hard to judge what it would really sound like based on that

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I60nqLHEheY

    Although I do care about performance I guess I'm more concerned with sound because both options are gonna be better than stock performance wise, and I'd rather enjoy the sound more than gain the extra 3-5 hp

    Heres the Greddy on an all stock tC1.5 :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thvWYGBjLLU

    Comparing just the axelbacks the Greddy is definitely more free flowing than the Megan axelback alone since the Megan has a much bigger muffler. Personally I think the Greddy sounds better since the Megan is so quiet and sounds basically stock (I could be wrong about this I've only heard it in videos), so would the exhaust note be improved more by the muffler or by the resonators/midpipes?

    Sorry if this doesn't make any sense, I get that it's all subjective but I'm still a noob and unfortunately don't have the budget to fool around with a bunch of different options so I wanna try to get it as perfect as I can first try. Appreciate the help!

    Edit:
    Another thing I just thought of, would the catback cause any loss in low end torque?



    no the cat back wouldn't cause a loss of low end torque. It's not a straight pipe there is positive pressure feeding back to the engine. Lots of people think that straight pipes are perfect but what they don't realize is that modern engines to work on the pressure feeding back.. good question! you're aware of this principle!

    yes the resonator does have an effect on the sound, but it's more of a pre-silencer. I think the sound you're looking for is going to be coming from the muffler.

    You're welcome for the help! which one do you think you're going to go with?
    Hmmmmmm

    Since most of the sound comes from the muffler, I'm thinking I'll start with the Greddy axelback and then eventually get a mid pipe/s pipe once I have the cash

    Also gonna try to get my hands on an 05/06 oem header if I can find one on the cheap. I believe they have slightly unequal length runners which would sound pretty sick. Someone on SL swapped an 06 header onto an 07 and they said it fit fine and sounded great, I'm assuming it should still fit in my 09 since the 07-10 have the same motor, correct me if I'm wrong.
    thatbluescion wrote:
    Hmmmmmm

    Since most of the sound comes from the muffler, I'm thinking I'll start with the Greddy axelback and then eventually get a mid pipe/s pipe once I have the cash

    Also gonna try to get my hands on an 05/06 oem header if I can find one on the cheap. I believe they have slightly unequal length runners which would sound pretty sick. Someone on SL swapped an 06 header onto an 07 and they said it fit fine and sounded great, I'm assuming it should still fit in my 09 since the 07-10 have the same motor, correct me if I'm wrong.


    Yeah see how the Greddy is.. you sounded like you were really set on that one, so see how that decision is. Really only way to find out.

    I didn't know that about the 05/06 oem header! But now you have me thinking. I know I heard an 08 or 09 start up in a parking lot and guy hit the gas, it didn't have that sporty "burble" than my 06 has. I wondered why it sounded so tame! Now you're explaining it. I do like the sound the 06 makes, I couldn't imagine a more tame sound, no wonder you want to change! I think it should work, I don't see the problem. The changes they made to the 07 2az-fe engine weren't that drastic. They were enough for things like the MAF sensor, or the exhaust manifold, but I'm pretty sure (check the toyota parts sites to make 100% sure) that from the manifold back it's the same.. I'll have to check on that if you don't.

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