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On both my previous CRXs, I had custom exhausts built consisting of:
  • ebay brand header[/*]
  • generic high flow cat[/*]
  • cherry bomb as a resonator[/*]
  • Super Trap generic oval TurbloII muffler[/*]
  • custom bent 2.5" piping[/*]

I'm kind of looking to maybe rebuild this same or a similar setup with 2" piping this time for my stock Dx (3rd CRX) I think the last time I came in around $185 for everything but the header, including installation.

I really like the idea of going this route, this time around:
ebay 4-2-1 header, generic high flow cat, cherry bomb resonator (I love the deep notes at low rpm), 2" piping, into an axle back exhaust similar to the one pictured below.


I'm not sure what brand of axle back that is, I think it says HKS on the black muffler, but I can't quite make it out.

What do you think/recommend? I like the subtle black so it doesn't look like "bling" under a stock DX. I want to keep it as OEM looking as possible.

Also, if you know of any really cheap places to get the parts, I'd appreciate the tip off.

Thanks in advance,
Jason
 

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Personally I think your old exhaust was pretty awesome, even without a muffler! It might be a bit raspy on a D though, mine's pretty much the same and it is a little bit. The top one in the pic is the same thing my friend has in his CRX (AgentJam's old car), and it's really loud.
 

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Thanks for the compliment.

I'm going to mimic that setup on the DX, I just ebay'd these items:
Ceramic Coated Header
High flow cat

I'm hunting a muffler similar to the black one above. I'm thinking tha tthe larger muffler helps baffle the sound a bit more. The generic muffler i had on the Si didn't stop much sound once you hammer the throttle.

I got the cherry bomb at Advanced Auto for 7.99 or something like that. Hopefully I can get another for the same price. Then it's off to the exhaust shop for some custom piping.
 

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I just had a local dude weld up a custom cat-back system that looks stockish for $175. It is all stainless too. I couldn't buy parts and do it myself for that. A header may be worth the money but I wouldn't spend much on anything else as long as the tube size is what you want.
 

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I'm going to be in the same situation in a few weeks. Would love to have a thread showing custom exausts as well as a parts list, cost and sound clips. That'd be perfect. I really want to get a 2.5" custom made that looks almost 100% stock in the rear. The above axle back looks ideal, but isn't HKS no longer made for the CRX? Any alternates for something other than the 3-4in. single tip?
 

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Its me DUB said:
Mithuth, did you end up finding a stock looking, affordable performance cat-back like the black one above?? I've been looking to but no luck yet...
Nope, but what I did find out was my Dx's exhaust is 1.5" inner diameter, and the "economy" Advnced Auto replacement muffler was $25. :lol:

After cutting off the exhaust clamps on the rusty and crappy muffler, I had to buy a economy tail pipe, 2 exhaust clamps and a small adaptor sleeve. All together, I repaired my crappy 1.5" exhaust for about $35.

I'm just going to go the custom route when money begins to shape up. I bought a winch for my Jeep and installed it last weekend. That put a huge crusher on my CRX funds for hte time being.
 

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mithuth said:
I'm just going to go the custom route when money begins to shape up. I bought a winch for my Jeep and installed it last weekend. That put a huge crusher on my CRX funds for the time being.
two money pits are better than one!

you'll like custom exhaust better, it's cheaper and does the same job, use the extra time while you make money to find exactly what you want done. You may consider doing just the axle back, then the rest later. I did the rear section last year because it was falling off, the rest will be done this summer.
 

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as far as kits go, the pacesetter monza looks stock, its catback tho. I think i'm in the same boat, I got 3" straight pipe, no cat, and a dtm muffler exiting on the wrong side.
if i were to go the custom route, would i be able to get the resonator and muffler at the auto parts place? also, how does it sound with a cherry bomb as a resonator
 

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rex2nr said:
I would never wish a pacesetter on anyone

fitment is horrible, the coating flakes off and it rusts out faster than a stock exhaust.
A pacesetter catback came on my black 89si, its now made it way to my HF (SI exhaust mani and all).
It fit perfect on the 89si, but on the HF, at the back at the second 2 last hanger, they are touching and I havent been able to get a rubber bushing (or whatever that thing is) on it all the way. It keeps sliding off and when it does the 2 hooks touch and make this awful rattling noise....and I hate the tip. Its fugly as hell. But it beats the rusted out 1.5in crap that came on the HF. It is Very quiet on the little 8valve motor LOL.
 

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Stef on here has one... the thing falls off on him all the time. Tom needed to weld it together for it to stay in one piece. It also didn't make it on the hangars very well.

There was a guy at RIT ages ago who had one, he put it on in the summer, by spring it was starting to rust out.
 

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rex2nr said:
Stef on here has one... the thing falls off on him all the time. Tom needed to weld it together for it to stay in one piece. It also didn't make it on the hangars very well.
Yeah that's right! I'm dealing with that crap now, once the front pieces are welded together (today) I'm not even sure it will be long enough. I told him not to cheap out on the exhaust... oh well! In defense of the exhaust, I think it was falling off due to improper installation, I don't think he tightened the clamps down all the way. Still, a good exhaust won't use clamps, it *should* be two pieces with a single flange near the rear wheel (like OEM).

Best thing to do IMO is just make one or have one made, it's different and there are no compromises. You can order whatever muffler you want, and you can get whatever tip you like too, so it's different and customised to what you like.
 

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I like the one in the first post...similar to my exhaust of choice. Right now I have a DC Sports header, Magnaflow high-flow cat, and an Invidia stainless catback. When I got the car it already had the cat-back but it had a straight pipe on it in place of the cat. A run-in with an officer of the law resulted in my putting the Magnaflow on (and him tearing up the ticket once I showed it to him). That cat actually made the car sound a lot better...but, it was overall still a little too buzzy/raspy under heavy throttle for my taste. The Invidia has a resonator already in place running parallel to the length of the car...so I couldn't add a long glasspack in the usual place. So, we took a shorter Cherry Bomb (18" or so) and put it in the stock muffler location going across the back of the car. The Invidia uses a canister muffler that exits on an angle, so the area where the stock muffler sits was just pipe.

If mine didn't come with that cat-back already on it, I would have had one welded up with the DC Header into the Magnaflow into some custom-bent pipe with a long glasspack as a resonator, then a DynoMax Super Turbo muffler in the stock location. That's pretty similar to the setup on my old '89 CRX, and it sounded perfect. Fairly quiet at idle, with a little burble that lets you know something is up...loud and deep under acceleration, with no buzzy/raspy sound at all. Mine now is pretty close, but that canister muffler won't ever sound *quite* as good as a cheap turbo muffler.
 
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