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Rear Catalytic Converter question
Posted 21 February 2014 - 08:06 PM
I've located a few well known brands for between $135-$150 which are direct-fit models and come with both gaskets. There is also a MagnaFlow model for around $200. I think I already know the answer to my question, but will I really gain that much by going with the mandrel-bent MagnaFlow over an OE replacement? I'm guessing "no" but wanted to ask first. Thanks!
Posted 21 February 2014 - 08:24 PM
As for the question about magnaflow, those are generally high flow type converters, and won't do much good performance wise on your car. They're usually stainless steel though, which won't ever rust out again. But how long are you really gonna keep the car?
Edited by Fairtax4me, 21 February 2014 - 08:26 PM.
Posted 21 February 2014 - 08:32 PM
I figured as much about the MagnaFlow unit. Not worth the added $$$. Thanks for confirming my beliefs. I do plan on hanging onto this car until it starts to nickel and dime me. So far, knock on wood, it's been really good to me. Probably most I've spent on it is a front hub assembly and the (4) snow tires this past November.
Posted 21 February 2014 - 10:15 PM
This is a cool fix...didn't know about it.
Go from this:
Posted 22 February 2014 - 07:52 AM
Posted 22 February 2014 - 10:08 AM
Usually the parts store will let you return the one that doesn't fit if you buy both sizes.
If you get the type of flange pictured above, you may need to trim part of the heat shield on the cat to get it to fit. There is another type that's made from two sections of bent steel wire about 3/8" diameter. The ends are stamped flat with holes cut out. It doesn't clamp down around the pipe, but it still works well if you get the correct size and have enough of the weld hump left on the pipe.
Here's a picture of one: http://m.summitracin...parts/wlk-31871
Edited by Fairtax4me, 22 February 2014 - 10:11 AM.
Posted 22 February 2014 - 10:36 AM
Thanks. I'll just get both and return whichever doesn't fit. I googled the repair kit and the one shown above isn't one that pops up commonly for the Subaru repair. The flange kit looks a lot more durable than the factory set-up.
Thanks, again, for your help. This forum is definitely friendlier than the other one I am on (will remain nameless). They seem more into helping people with WRX's and STi's than us under-powered guys (I'd love to get a DGM STi someday...). Still a great site, but I'm getting a lot more response and help here. Even added the USMB app to my phone.
Posted 26 February 2014 - 12:18 PM
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