GrimmSpeed® (02-21) WRX/STI/FXT/LGT/OXT 304SS Un-Equal Length Header

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    Compatible: (2.0L/2.5L)

    2008 - 2014 Subaru WRX

    2004 - 2021 Subaru WRX STI

    2009 - 2013 Subaru Forester XT

    2005 - 2009 Subaru Legacy GT

    2005 - 2009 Subaru Outback XT

    2002 - 2005 Subaru WRX 5MT (REQUIRES STI OIL PAN & PICKUP)

    2006 - 2007 Subaru WRX (REQUIRES STI OIL COOLER & FEED PIPE)

    2004 - 2008 Subaru Forester XT (REQUIRES STI OIL PAN/PICKUP/OIL COOLER)





    Over the years, GrimmSpeed Engineers have proven that we are capable of manufacturing the highest quality, best performing exhaust components for the Subaru aftermarket. While we might not always be the first to release a certain product, our major advantage is that we can take our time in testing and development, putting the product through countless hours and thousands of miles of testing. This ultimately ensures that once a component is in your hands, it will be the most-refined version of that product available. The all new GrimmSpeed Unequal Length EJ Header is a perfect example of this.

    Our Unequal Length Header for the EJ-Series engines is very much the same. There are countless options out on the market for high-performing equal length header, but if you want to keep that classic Subaru rumble, there aren’t many great options.

    The OEM EJ header really hasn’t changed much in the past 20+ years and it shows. The tight geometry and long cross-pipe between the two collectors are not optimized for flow or power. While the smaller diameter and volume may be good for low-end spool, the factory header gets choked out higher in the rev range. Simultaneously, it's known that swapping to a more-equal length manifold with larger diameter runners offers additional performance potential. We set out to create a header that would be the best of both worlds, offering great performance and the unique sound that makes your car unmistakably a Subaru!


    While other aftermarket unequal length headers use different runner lengths for each cylinder, our proprietary design utilizes an innovative setup where each bank of runners are equal length, but one set is 1.5 time the length of the other, providing the rumble sound that we all love while maintaining the performance of an equal length setup. We utilize single piece, mandrel bent runners to minimize disturbances to the exhaust gas along with an extremely durable cast 304 stainless steel collector to achieve keep each back of runners truly equal length which would be difficult to accomplish with a 4-into-1 welded collector. The low angle merge this collector makes for faster spool and unbeatable off-boost throttle response. To match this flow, the collector features machined internal diameters to perfectly match the 1 ¾” primary runners and 2” secondary pipe, eliminating unwanted “steps” in the exhaust flow.

    As with all of our exhaust components, our Unequal Length Header features ½ inch flanges for both the heads as well as the up-pipe side. These combined with the 14 gauge runner pipes make for extreme durability and heat retention.


    We started the R&D process by scanning the underside of of several EJ engine setups using a FARO arm. This allowed us to design and simulate our header in a digital 3D space to find the optimal balance of runner lengths and angles for the best performance possible on an unequal length setup. Next, we were able to 3D-print a variety of different configurations that would allow us to narrow in on the most optimal final design. During this process, we were able to form the header around a variety of different STI oil pan setups, from the factory pan to aftermarket options like those offered by IAG and Killer B Motorsports. After we were satisfied, we made pre-production prototype units that were put through months of punishing performance and longevity testing.

    To validate our simulated performance, we did extensive real-world dyno testing comparing our header design to the factory header as well as some of the most popular headers on the market, both unequal length and equal length. For our testing, we used a 2010 STI with the stock turbo and basic bolt-ons as well as our 2020 STI shop car with full GrimmSpeed Stage 3 bolt-ons, E85, and a GrimmSpeed BB500 turbocharger. Throughout all of our testing, we kept the same tune loaded as well, so the only variable was the header that was installed.


    With the factory turbocharger, the GrimmSpeed Header does experience a loss in spool when compared to the stock manifold, but we still saw maximum gains of 23.1 ft/lbs and 10.3 hp while averaging 1.6 lbs of boost less than the stock setup. Overall, the GrimmSpeed Header shifts the power curve further to the right, so it's clear that the OEM manifold was designed for low-end response but falls off higher in the rev range. 


    The GrimmSpeed exhaust manifold exhibits a loss of spool when compared to the stock header by 100rpm as well as producing over a pound less boost. However, the engine is outputting the same amount of torque, showing that the low and off-boost characteristics of the collector design balance out the changes from the differences in the rest of the header. The GrimmSpeed exhaust manifold makes less boost everywhere, but more power everywhere as well due to the increase in efficiency. Overall, we were able to achieve maximum gains of 25whp and 25 ft/lbs of torque when compared to the stock header.


    When comparing the GrimmSpeed UEL Header to other unequal length offerings on the market, we were surprised to see that other header options really didn’t offer any upgrade over the factory header in terms of power or spool. The GrimmSpeed Header was able to easily out-spool the competition by 200 rpm and hold an average of 2psi of boost overall allowing for substantial maximum gains of 75 ft/lbs and 57 hp.

    The GrimmSpeed Header out spooled the competition’s equal length header by 50rpm while making similar boost levels. Our Header produces more torque than the equal length manifold right out of the gate, producing about 15ftlbs more throughout spool up. At peak, the GrimmSpeed Header was able to produce and extra 2 ft/lbs of torque and an additional 21 hp compared to the equal length setup.

    Quick Specs

    • Innovative 1.5 to 1 Unequal Length Runners - Each bank of runners is equal length, allowing for equal length performance with an unequal length sound
    • 4-into-1 Low-Angle Merge Cast Collector - Ensure minimal restriction and maximum performance
    • Smooth, Restriction-Free Flow Throughout – Single piece mandrel bent tubing welded to a single piece merge collector removes unwanted “steps”
    • Substantial Power/Torque Gains - +25hp and +25ft/lbs of torque over stock
    • Quickest Spooling Aftermarket Header - Faster spool and more power compared to the competition
    • No Tune Required – Safe to run, just bolt on
    • Gaskets and Hardware Included – Everything you need to get installed and on the road
    • Designed To Fit With Aftermarket Oil Pans - Fits with the STI oil pan or popular aftermarket options
    • Full 304 Stainless Steel Construction - 1/2" flanges and 14ga runners for extreme durability
    • Manufactured and Welded In The USA – For consistency and top quality control


    GrimmSpeed was founded in 2006 to provide customers with innovative and highly engineered aftermarket products. On a more personal level, we are a group of car enthusiasts in the lovely city of Minneapolis, Minnesota who are absolutely passionate about what we do. Our bread and butter started out anything Subaru. However, after growing our team and engineering expertise, we started developing products for Mitsubishi, Ford, MazdaSpeed, and Hyundai markets. We are a true garage start-up (single stall townhouse garage in Maplewood, MN) and we've been lucky enough over the years to be able to turn it into exactly the business we had dreamed of....actually, much more. We have a wide breadth of product offerings including: intercoolers, exhausts, intakes, gaskets, engine pulleys, phenolic spacers, boost controllers, and many more.

    Most of our decisions at GrimmSpeed are based on 3 basic principles:



    1. Innovation

    Our team knows that if they propose a project there has to be at least one new innovative feature. It may be a completely new idea or an innovation to a current product on the market. We truly love creating products that really work and make an impact on the enthusiast community.



    2. Keeping Jobs in Minnesota

    Lets face it, manufacturing in the US has been lost for a long time. It's sad because manufacturing is what this great country was founded on. Our goal is to do our part in bringing it back to the US. Lets show the rest of the world that we do still 'have it'. Almost all of our partners are right here in Minnesota, most of which are within an hour drive of us.  Its not always about the $$ and we are here to prove that.



    3. Customer Service You Deserve

    What flies for customer service these days just continues to astonish us. We don't have to tell you guys, I'm sure you are all well aware of some of the terrible customer service that goes on these days, especially in our industry. Our goals are to be honest with you, if something is going to be delayed, we aren't going to give you some made up date when it will be ready....we will tell you exactly the most current info we have. If you need help installing our products we will be there on the phone or email ready to help until you have figured out the issue. Last but not least, we will keep our word. If we say we are going to call you back, we actually will. 

    -Justin Grimm