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Old 05-28-2012, 09:56 AM   #1
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Axle or Cat-back?

I've been looking at exhaust set-ups for months, but still haven't decided to go axle or cat back. I know that basics in each, but besides the price difference is it really worth it for a cat-back if you're buying for sound alone.

Some opinions on this would be nice.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:14 AM   #2
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I'm in the same boat...not sure either. I just am looking for a really good sound nothing more, so I will probably go with the MRT 2.0, but still investigting.

I have read if you put on a CAI, ca-tback is better. I do have CAI, but still probably going with axle back.

Are you doing it for sound alone or want more power and less restrictive exhaust?
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:39 AM   #3
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Basically just for the sound, but if I get more power for a few extra dollars why not.

I don't personally think the lowered restriction will make any big changes in performance unless you're putting it on the strip every weekend but maybe I'm wrong.

I plan on getting the VR soon or whenever it comes out, apparently that could be a long time...
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I am with you...I don't track mine and don't plan too. My only goal is to get it to 350HP or close to it albeit not rwhp...and I just want a much better sound. It sounds better with the CAI, but not like I want it. I will probably add the ported TB when it is available too, but that won't do anything for sound.

What is the VR or am I just brain dead today??
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I always recommed guys get full catbacks. Why? Because half the guys that get axle backs end up getting catbacks later on.

So if you can swing it, I'd go with a full catback and never look back.
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:09 AM   #6
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I am with you...I don't track mine and don't plan too. My only goal is to get it to 350HP or close to it albeit not rwhp...and I just want a much better sound. It sounds better with the CAI, but not like I want it. I will probably add the ported TB when it is available too, but that won't do anything for sound.

What is the VR or am I just brain dead today??
Vararam, a company that makes the nicest (IMO) intake for our cars.

Yeah, I do worry about getting an axle-back then changing my mind so I may just go cat-back to begin with.
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I'm also researching, literally almost everyday, on catback exhaust and cai for my 2012.
As for catbacks, I see that Corsa's is quite pricey (over 1K) while CNT's is only $395.
As for cai, I'm on the fence with either CAI's or Roto-Fab's.
Decisions decisions... but not in a rush.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:42 PM   #8
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Don't settle,I would wait and go with the cat-back,thats been my dilema getting a axle or cat back but I decided to save a little more cash and do it the way I think is the right way for me.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:06 PM   #9
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Vararam, a company that makes the nicest (IMO) intake for our cars.

Yeah, I do worry about getting an axle-back then changing my mind so I may just go cat-back to begin with.
Thanks, yeah I was brain dead. I wanted the VR too, but decided not to wait. I went with CAIs. Maybe in the future when VR makes it for LFX, maybe switch it out.

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I'm also researching, literally almost everyday, on catback exhaust and cai for my 2012.
As for catbacks, I see that Corsa's is quite pricey (over 1K) while CNT's is only $395.
As for cai, I'm on the fence with either CAI's or Roto-Fab's.
Decisions decisions... but not in a rush.
I looked at CAIs, RotoFab, and Vararam for cold air. VR was out since it isn't ready for the LFX, and I liked the look of the CAI better although Rotofab is nice too. I painted the lid on the CAI to match my car, which I like on top instead of the side like the rotofab...it came down to looks for me and I thought the CAI looked better IMHO.
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I'm not looking for max HP but I would like to get as much as easily attainable, with a nice sound. My impression from the various discussions here is that CAI intake and MRT V2 axle-backs will provide what I'm looking for. They are ordered and I am awaiting delivery.

I guess if I am not satisfied with the results I may upgrade to cat-backs and maybe add headers. I'm very satisfied with my factory 1LT setup, so I'm pretty sure the CAI & axle-backs will suffice. We'll see.
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I'm not looking for max HP but I would like to get as much as easily attainable, with a nice sound. My impression from the various discussions here is that CAI intake and MRT V2 axle-backs will provide what I'm looking for. They are ordered and I am awaiting delivery.

I guess if I am not satisfied with the results I may upgrade to cat-backs and maybe add headers. I'm very satisfied with my factory 1LT setup, so I'm pretty sure the CAI & axle-backs will suffice. We'll see.
You'll have to post some videos for sound. No headers for the LFX though :(
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You'll have to post some videos for sound. No headers for the LFX though :(
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Well I got my MRT-V2 axlebacks yesterday and put them on today. I gotta tell you, I love the new sound. Deeper, ballsier, big sound when I step in it but not overpowering with normal acceleration/cruisin'. It's just what I wanted.

Waiting on CAI. Hoping it doesn't make things any (or much) louder. We shall see.

I have before and after audio files of idle and mild revs, but don't know how to post a .wav file. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:56 PM   #14
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Yeah, you let me know just what these "headers" will look like.

You do know what headers are, right? Just askin'.

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Old 06-01-2012, 07:32 PM   #15
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Yeah, you let me know just what these "headers" will look like.

You do know what headers are, right? Just askin'.

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Uh... yeah. I guess I've assumed if there is exhaust, there is (or can be) headers. Please enlighten me if I'm wrong. Thanks.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:47 PM   #16
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Never mind, Peoria. No enlightenment needed. I just read about the integrated exhaust on the LFX. Pretty cool.

I am new to this world of Gen5 Camaros so please, help me when you can... rather than ridicule me. Thanks.
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:02 AM   #17
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This is a new engine and there will be mistakes made on getting more out of it, if I were you I would wait.

Wait and see what works then buy it, meanwhile enjoy your car make it look like the car you want.
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