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23 minutes ago, swamp said:

Depends on your budget. Cheap? Look for a muffler that doesn't have a crazy big diameter tip. $$$? Maybe get another resonator or go from say 3" to 2.75" or 2.5" at a certain point. IIRC I went from a 4" single exit STI unit on my gf8 to no tip due to it rusting out, then a dual 3.5" or 3.25" exit eBay muffler and it drones less but still sounds nice. 

 

Look for an oval shaped muffler as opposed to a round one. One with more baffles will muffle better imo.

 

Happy to spend $$$ on something decent, and would prefer a full system so i can keep the factory exhaust in one piece for re-sale etc.

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Went car shopping, found cars I liked, remembered why I've never bought from a dealership.

Honestly gobsmacked at how some stay in business. Not even a "Hello, can I help with anything?".
I was even asking about two particular models that I knew they had a few different cars of, but they just pointed to where they were.

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Haha yep had the same experience - certainly do not get treated as one that potentially pays their salaries, i.e. a customer. They certainly do not prefer buyers that know exactly what they want/need.

 

I found main/brand dealerships to be the most helpful (and persistent afterwords if you leave your number there). 

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On 3/10/2019 at 11:51 PM, 1randomkiwi said:

Went car shopping, found cars I liked, remembered why I've never bought from a dealership.

 

I did the same thing too, but for a motorbike.

Settled on a new Royal Enfield Continental GT. Gonna use some of my incoming inheritance for it. Such a wicked bike!

The GF is also interested in a Classic 350... so I think I scored a good one of the female side lol

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7 minutes ago, KiwiJoe said:

Signed the paperwork that ends my ownership of my 2016 WRX. Now officially a Kia owner!

 

This is only ok if it's a Stinger..

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well, after crashing my street triple in march 2018, and the subsequent rehab process, then 6 weeks around europe over christmas, returning to nz to then biff my daytona, and subsequent healing time, i've come to some decisions. 

 

a few people know about the build saga thats happening with my v7. please do watch this space. 

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24 minutes ago, Kiwi_Fozze said:

 

 street triple / daytona,  i've come to some decisions.

 

That 4 wheels are better for your health ?

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38 minutes ago, pedro said:

 

That 4 wheels are better for your health ?

LOL christ no, with a popped ac joint in my left shoulder and a broken collarbone in my right, im chomping at the bit to get back out on the bike. 

 

its an addiction even a supercar couldnt match in terms of acceleration and... intensity. 200kmh along pukekohe back straight, before buttoning off early for the chicane, the acceleration is phenominal, and they are only "small" 675 cc triples. im looking at an MT09 sp next... 

 

but no, car related decisions. cant say much as its messy as hell, but yeah.

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2 hours ago, JordanfromNZ said:

 

Great choice. Feedback so far?

 

Doesn't arrive for a week or two, but I'll post more then. The WRX is definitely a better-handling car, more mechanical, and more connected to the driver. The Stinger is a GT car so a lot more relaxing place to be, closer to a Legacy in size and intent, but also blazingly fast in a straight line. Likely to be a handful in the winter as well.

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Come to the conclusion that my time has come with my S401. It'll be leaving my hands in the coming months, as I simply cannot afford to own and run it with my other half wanting to do lots of road trips, as she's seen a lot of the world, but barely any of NZ (I'm the opposite lol).

I've already found its new owner, which is a good friend of mine. He'll be continuing what I set out to do with it, which is tastefully mod it, namely on the suspension side - he's not too keen to change the engine up.

 

What will I be replacing it with? Well... a motorbike for starters - a 2019 Royal Enfield Continental GT, and as for the car, a 2010-2013 Mazda 6 GSX wagon (the update one, as they get a lot of extras standard vs the release model). Having one of those will enable road trips for the both of us, and also her to drive it, as she's not a confident manual driver, and the Mazda will be auto.

 

I do plan to own another Subaru in my future, but the time is not now. Probably when my grey hairs start to develop lol.

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4 hours ago, Individualities said:

Come to the conclusion that my time has come with my S401. It'll be leaving my hands in the coming months, as I simply cannot afford to own and run it with my other half wanting to do lots of road trips, as she's seen a lot of the world, but barely any of NZ (I'm the opposite lol).

I've already found its new owner, which is a good friend of mine. He'll be continuing what I set out to do with it, which is tastefully mod it, namely on the suspension side - he's not too keen to change the engine up.

 

What will I be replacing it with? Well... a motorbike for starters - a 2019 Royal Enfield Continental GT, and as for the car, a 2010-2013 Mazda 6 GSX wagon (the update one, as they get a lot of extras standard vs the release model). Having one of those will enable road trips for the both of us, and also her to drive it, as she's not a confident manual driver, and the Mazda will be auto.

 

I do plan to own another Subaru in my future, but the time is not now. Probably when my grey hairs start to develop lol.

 

Must have been a hard decision to make

 Atleas it will still be in the family more or less. 

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ticked over the skyline to 100,000km ODO. will chuck on TM soon enough...

 

listed my skyline on FB

 

started researching seriously in to GRB and talking to someone about his one for sale.

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1 hour ago, Batbaruman said:

started researching seriously in to GRB and talking to someone about his one for sale.

 

it’s $10 and a 40 min train ride to get it from the city on Monday B| long lunch time and you’re done

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17 hours ago, bigDnz said:

Must have been a hard decision to make

At least it will still be in the family more or less. 

 

Was a hard decision to make thinking of it going to someone I didn't really know. But when my friend expressed serious interest, it was just so much easier.

My bike will be my manual experience for quite a while anyway. I want to enjoy life as much I can, and driving round NZ on those adventures is something the S401 isn't very good at (fuel consumption). The Mazda will probably do me for quite a while as they're very practical cars, that go really well for what they are. Only thing I don't like is the 5 speed auto... but that's very minor.

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1 hour ago, Individualities said:

 

Was a hard decision to make thinking of it going to someone I didn't really know. But when my friend expressed serious interest, it was just so much easier.

My bike will be my manual experience for quite a while anyway. I want to enjoy life as much I can, and driving round NZ on those adventures is something the S401 isn't very good at (fuel consumption). The Mazda will probably do me for quite a while as they're very practical cars, that go really well for what they are. Only thing I don't like is the 5 speed auto... but that's very minor.

 

Why not just do the smart thing and let the GF get the practical touring car then you can keep all the toys....

That's the kind of winning strategy I'm working with xD:ph34r:

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Brought some whiteline goodies for the Legacy. Hopefully not long from ozy and I can get them in and stop the back end rolling around.

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I had a ”pleasure” of driving a 2016 or 17 Mazda 6 wagon for two weeks as an insurance loaner. Fuel consumption wasn't anything spectacular at all. Noisy engine that you have to push hard. Very basic multimedia etc.

 

In all honesty I'd rather drive a 4th or 5th gen Legacy than that Mazda.

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