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Old 06-17-2010, 10:50 AM   #1
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ARH Headers + Corsa Catback vs. ARH Full Header-back Exhaust

Okay, sorry this might be long, but

My L99 already has ARH headers, high-flow cats, X-pipe, and Magnaflow 2.5" competition Series Axle-back exhaust (no muffler, straight pipes)

i like the sound, but of course the wife doesn't.

I like my exhaust loud, but the wifey wants it quiet when we're just cruising.

i'm not one of those "drone is the devil" freaks and the only time i can hear my exhaust is when the windows are down and the radio is off while i'm cruising or when i'm accelerating.

the only thing i am not satisfied with my current setup is the way the 2 aftermarket systems fit together. it is not one flush piece, there is 6 inches of the original stock pipes connecting the passenger side, the driver side had to be cut some then welded together and looks like crap. i had trouble with leaks in this section of the pipe, but i have fixed that.

i've done some research and here is what i'm trying to decide between:

Option 1: ARH Headers, cats, & Corsa Cat-back exhaust
i'll keep my headers on the car, and see if ARH will exchange my cats and x-pipe sections for their "short kit" where they will send me their cats that fit up to the stock or any aftermarket exhaust. then i will buy the Corsa LS3 cat-back exhaust to fit up to my ARH headers and cats. i have AFM deleted, that is why i will buy the LS3 cat-back.
Likes:
it will be one flush 2.5" system with "no drone" and will be super loud when i want it to be.
Dislikes:
it is more expensive. $1200 for the exhaust plus shipping the exchanged ARH parts.

Option 2: ARH full header-back kit
i'll keep my headers, cats and x-pipe on the car and just purchase the exhaust section from ARH.
Likes:
it's cheaper (about $875-900), and it is guaranteed to fit up together as one flush piece.
Dislikes:
i'm not a fan of the exhaust tips; they are too short. also, i cannot find any info on their mufflers and how they are designed. i want a muffler that is designed for no drone with headers.

So, if anyone could help me out hear if they no more info on the ARH mufflers. also, if you have one of these 2 exhaust setups please chime in and give me your opinion.

i don't mind those that have different headers with the Corsa LS3 catback to chime in as well since the mufflers are the main thing that change exhaust tone. but please do not try and convince me to go with a different exhaust. i have looked at all of them and compared, and these are the 2 i am deciding between.

i appreciate your help!
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:55 AM   #2
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In option one all you would need to swap out is the mid-pipe w/ cats as it would need to neck down to 2.5" to mate up w/ the Corsa catback. Exact same length, except the one you have now is stright 3"

What you refer to as "short kit" is simply. Headers + cats with the X-pipe back left out...
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:57 AM   #3
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I'm a huge fan of the corsa system. It will be quieter than the magnaflow kit you have because the magnaflow kit has no mufflers.

However the car will be loud at WOT. Cruising speed will be fine and tame.

I think the best combo for the 2010 Camaro exhaust wise is ARH Longtubes, highflow cats, bolted on to a corsa cat back exhaust.

We have sold many of these combos and they are just awesome
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:59 AM   #4
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here is a link to a sound clip of the corsa with arh headers

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In option one all you would need to swap out is the mid-pipe w/ cats as it would need to neck down to 2.5" to mate up w/ the Corsa catback. Exact same length, except the one you have now is stright 3"

What you refer to as "short kit" is simply. Headers + cats with the X-pipe back left out...
right, but my current setup does neck down to 2.5" after the x-pipe to fit up to my 2.5" axle back exhaust.

i'll clarify that in the OP, thanks!
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here is a link to a sound clip of the corsa with arh headers

do you know if it is the ARH header+cats only kit or if it is the older version with the ARH x-pipe that necks down and the corsa kit was chopped to fit to the ARH x-pipe?

that was my problem with the sound clips also, it wasn't clarified which way they went with it. ARH's x-pipe complicated things lol
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right, but my current setup does neck down to 2.5" after the x-pipe to fit up to my 2.5" axle back exhaust.

i'll clarify that in the OP, thanks!
Correct... your just moving the neck down point to after the cats instead of at the axle back

Here's my video..

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do you know if it is the ARH header+cats only kit or if it is the older version with the ARH x-pipe that necks down and the corsa kit was chopped to fit to the ARH x-pipe?

that was my problem with the sound clips also, it wasn't clarified which way they went with it. ARH's x-pipe complicated things lol
I don't believe AHR ever changed anything... I got mine when they first came out... no chopping to fit...

This should be exactly what you have... The cat section you see I had to get swapped out to neck down to 2.5" since I didn't use the ARH X-Pipe.
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i see.

i can't listen to it at work, no speakers, but i will check it out when i'm home.

thanks!
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I have the full ARH system and the tips lined up good for me. The couple of slip joints where the system clamps together gives you some flexibility to get the tips perfectly centered in the opening. And to me, they stick out the right amount, which you can also tinker with moving the slip joints around before clamping it down.
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I have Kooks headers and the Corsa LS3 catback on my L99 if you wanted to hear how it sounds. No drone and it sounds sick!

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Get the Corsa LS3 exhaust it sounds awesome, I have the Dynatech LT's and the Corsa LS3 and I love it.
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