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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-22-2012, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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bosal muffler

any thoughts on this muffler as a replacement on a 2003 outback h6, bosal part # 229009 from rockauto? the subaru dealership wants 400+ for theirs. thanks for any info.
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I work for Napa, and we can special order Bosal. They are pretty good quality and better quality then the cheaper Walker exhaust parts we sell. I'm not sure how either one compares to the OE muffler.

One thing I noticed though, is your car a Sedan or Wagon? Because according to my parts listing the 229-009 is for the Sedan, and 229-581 is for the "S/W" which I assume is the Wagon.


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Yes i do own the outback sedan. thanks for the info. does anyone have any idea how this muffler compairs to the stock? I remember reading something about a by pass valve internal to the stock muffler. thanks.
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Bosal makes good stuff but is no where near the quality of stock. Their mufflers come with a 5 year warranty I believe and will last that long and maybe longer depending on where you live. I put one on my parents 93 legacy and one of the hanger welds rusted through at 5 years. I was able to repair with some creative engineering. If you want another 100k+ out of the car I would put an OEM muffler on the car.

I doubt they have the exhaust restriction valve system but that is not going to matter much. I no longer have mine on my OEM muffler since I cut it out. :-)
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Another option would be to order some parts from the west. I just installed 3 nights ago a new exhaust system on my H6 OBW 2002 - same parts as yours. I got the entire mid pipe and muffler shipped for $175. No rust and spotless from a 2001 H6 in Colorado. They don't have rust there so the thing was in amazing condition compared to stuff here int he rust belt.

i'm wondering how to protect these exhaust parts? i just installed that Colorado exhaust and it'll probably last the life of the vehicle now but still I wouldn't mind pulling my exhausts off once while I own them to wire brush and enamel them if it would help....might be a good option for aftermarket exhausts too...

i might start another thread about that.

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Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market or post in the parts wanted forum here. just make sure it's from the south or west, get pictures, and make sure it's no rust. mine came from a forum staff member who knows his stuff, owns a subaru business, etc.

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You could paint it with VHT flame proof header paint. Good to 2000 F


VHT FlameProof Coating
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I've used the VHT and other paints to preserve expensive & exotic exhausts on vintage VWs. It isn't worthless but it really only added another 2 years or so. Possibly re-applying the paint every 5 would be better still.
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Yep, VHT is good as long as the metal is prepped proper and several coats are used with ample drying between. Its like painting a car. Its all in the prep and coats.

I've seen one exhaust setup coated with the liquid bed liner. It held up to temperatures. Don't know how long it lasted. Its been a few years since I ran across it.

Ceramic will last a long time, but baking the pipes would be an issue. You could always build a very large BBQ and section the pipes.

As for the muffler replacement, you will notice the bypass gone while driving with an aftermarket. It helps quiet the exhaust while cruising; gives it the rumble when accelerating. So it depends on the noise factor you want. Bosal is a good muffler. I went with a glass pack and axle back turbo muffler for flow and sound control. But I also went with larger pipes from the engine back.
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I have to update my post as I made a slight error. The muffler that I put on my parents legacy was a Walker. I did put a middle section pipe with a cat in it on the car and that was made by Bosal.

I went home over the holidays to find the ~6 year only Walker muffler completely disintegrated on the inside of the muffler. There was literally nothing left in side the muffler but chunks of rust and one of the two outlet pipes was completely gone. It seemed okay back in April, not sure what happened.

I replaced it with a Bosal. The Bosal seems of higher quality than the Walker but time will tell.

The Bosal mid section pipe/Cat is holding up well but is only ~2-3 years old.
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