While I was at a tender age, my parents taught me to take responsibility for my own actions and not make excuses. As a tech editor, you hear a lot of excuses from manufacturers, particularly from companies that make products that either don't work, don't make power or don't fit.

In the July 2002 issue, the "Tech Scene" column announced we were going to conduct an exhaust shootout on our long-term 2000 Celica GT-S. We offered any exhaust manufacturer who made a system for the Celica the opportunity to get involved. By doing so, each would be standing by their product, even if it didn't produce the power levels they wished it would--no excuses.

Surprisingly, our office was flooded with systems from nine different manufacturers who wanted to participate in this first-time event for Turbo.

We elected to conduct the testing with the following criteria: Weight, tip diameter, sound at idle and 3000 rpm (normal cruising), price and power. We tested each system on a Dynojet chassis dynamometer back-to-back on the same day. All the manufacturers who participated were invited to the dyno facility to witness the testing which gave the manufacturer assurance no one would under-handedly get the upper hand during the testing. All the names of the manufacturers were placed in a hat and chosen at random to decide the order of the testing. The results of the shootout are listed below in the order of the testing.

Who was top dog? They all installed easily but, beyond that, we will let you decide which parameters mean the most to you.

Manufacturer Factory Toyota 0209Tur Exhuast02
0209Tur Exhuast05
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MSRP $219.60
Weight 27.5 pounds
Tip Diameter 90 mm
Sound Decibel at Idle 75 dB
Sound Decibel at 3000 rpm 76 dB
Peak Horsepower 161.0 hp
Peak Torque 119.6 lb-ft
 
Manufacturer 5Zigen Fireball 0209Tur Exhuast06
0209Tur Exhuast08
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MSRP $n/a
Weight 26.5 pounds
Tip Diameter 85 mm
Sound Decibel at Idle 79 dB
Sound Decibel at 3000 rpm 85 dB
Peak Horsepower 163.0 hp
Peak Torque 120.4 lb-ft
 
Manufacturer A'PEXi N1 0209Tur Exhuast09
0209Tur Exhuast10
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MSRP $560
Weight 23.5 pounds
Tip Diameter 90 mm
Sound Decibel at Idle 77 dB
Sound Decibel at 3000 rpm 88 dB
Peak Horsepower 164.0 hp
Peak Torque 120.8 lb-ft
 
Manufacturer Blitz 0209Tur Exhuast12
0209Tur Exhuast14
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MSRP $530
Weight 21 pounds
Tip Diameter 95 mm
Sound Decibel at Idle 82 dB
Sound Decibel at 3000 rpm 98 dB
Peak Horsepower 162.4 hp
Peak Torque 119.9 lb-ft
 
Manufacturer GReddy Evolution 0209Tur Exhuast15
0209Tur Exhuast18
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MSRP $599
Weight 35.5 pounds
Tip Diameter 115 mm
Sound Decibel at Idle 82 dB
Sound Decibel at 3000 rpm 83 dB
Peak Horsepower 166.3 hp
Peak Torque 122.0 lb-ft
 
Manufacturer Tanabe Racing Medallion 0209Tur Exhuast19
0209Tur Exhuast22
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MSRP $660
Weight 29 pounds
Tip Diameter 100 mm
Sound Decibel at Idle 83 dB
Sound Decibel at 3000 rpm 93 dB
Peak Horsepower 166.5 hp
Peak Torque 122.6 lb-ft
 
Manufacturer Rod Millen 0209Tur Exhuast23
0209Tur Exhuast26
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MSRP $550
Weight 28 pounds
Tip Diameter 95 mm
Sound Decibel at Idle 75 dB
Sound Decibel at 3000 rpm 88 dB
Peak Horsepower 166.4 hp
Peak Torque 122.5 lb-ft
 
Manufacturer Toyota Racing Development 0209Tur Exhuast27
0209Tur Exhuast30
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MSRP $648
Weight 25 pounds
Tip Diameter 100 mm
Sound Decibel at Idle 75 dB
Sound Decibel at 3000 rpm 88 dB
Peak Horsepower 166.7 hp
Peak Torque 123.5 lb-ft
 
Manufacturer Veilside Teardrop Titanium 0209Tur Exhuast31
0209Tur Exhuast33
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MSRP $690
Weight 8.0 pounds
Tip Diameter 115 mm
Sound Decibel at Idle 82 dB
Sound Decibel at 3000 rpm 90 dB
Peak Horsepower 165.3 hp
Peak Torque 122.6 lb-ft
 
Manufacturer HKS Hi-Power 0209Tur Exhuast34

0209Tur Exhuast36
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MSRP $710
Weight 28.0 pounds
Tip Diameter 95 mm
Sound Decibel at Idle 79 dB
Sound Decibel at 3000 rpm 90 dB
Peak Horsepower 165.7 hp
Peak Torque 121.7 lb-ft