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Hey King6 - Thanks - appreciated. Took your advice and sourced out all SS hardware to bolt this thing up.

Here is my ghetto wrap job on the headers. CF_Z recommended wet wrapping these and use hangers. The hangers were a bit tough, but they did a better job than the metal zap strap things. Only had a couple of headers.

The process was a bit frustrating on the first header. Plenty of swearing, didn't help I was starving. Anyways. They turned out IMO. I cleaned them up a bit and snipped a couple of the hanger ends after these photo's were taken.

The package is going in tomorrow for install. Pickup mid afternoon!


 

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Ok... car is still in the shop for the last two days. They've been a mechanic short.

They are just wrapping up the EGR mod. They are going to bend a pipe and flare it, then reattach. They ran out of time today for it, but will finish up tomorrow morning.

Great news though

- They said taking apart the stock exhaust and headers was stupidly easy. Nothing seized, no rust nothing broken. Super easy to take apart. Said taking apart was like the car was just put together the day before.
- The front headers fit perfectly. I have good clearance for the passenger side AC/RAD fan.

Anyways, here is a quick porn pic. Not fully mounted, but gives you an idea.

Tomorrow I will post the final pix and soundclips.

 

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Picked up the car yesterday and was almost happy and then had to take the car back and hour later. But it does sound amazing - will post the sound clips later

Only when driving, there is a grinding rattling sound. Ya, not a good start. It doesn't happen when the car is in Park - I can rev the engine and nothing happens.When driving @ 80KM /h @ 2200RPM - the noise can be replicated easily

Only driving or in Drive (at a standstill) will I hear the sound I mentioned. I know it isn't the engine. Not sure if something is coming in contact with the drive train?

I can also hear the sound more so when taking a corner

Justin L and I think that something is rubbing against the exhaust - possibly the hangers need redoing.

So anyways... very sad - but the guys at the shop said they would take care of it. At least I know my engine is fine.
 

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Any chance you can take some pics of the fan and the passanger side rad fan with the front header? :tup:
 

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That Spyhopper looks tasty, is it a wheat, dark, etc..?
 

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Scatman95 - Its a honey lager beer - very tasty. Local to here in BC

Hi All

Finally back and everything is done. The grinding sound was the headers rubbing against a small tab on the cross-member. Made a fraken riot. Its solid and drives very well.

The to pend is very noticeable on the highway. Also very please with short sprints, very peppy.

Overall, not what I expected. And to be honest, I didn't know what to expect. At the end of the day, the car is even more fun to drive, and sounds swell!


Also folks, I've got a little video clip for the sound bites of the Brullen and headers.
Youtube Video of sound clips - http://youtu.be/JyZ0G_kt0ZI


MazdaSpeed69 - Pix below of the fun - best for now until I take of the stock airintake. The headers just squeak behind the shroud protecting the fan. But plenty of room.



 

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You must have the stock cat still on there? its pretty quiet for the setup you have get a highflow performance cat.. or no cat at all and your in business. Also on a auto- theres not a lot to expect really besides sound.

Also about header wrap, I found that SS worm screw hose clamps work best for holding that stuff on.. if you wrap it right, you only need 1 clamp per header. Soak the stuff in water, it stretchs and wraps tight. Once it warms up- its bonded.
 

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There is only 3 real brands that are sold, pacesetter, hotshot and SSAC (ebay). They say OBX, but what is OBX really? I had the same set, they said XO2.. exact same badging and placement. They ALL originated from SSautochrome - I suspect from oversea's.
You missed Bosal ;)

SSAC is the original copy cat, they started all the copy produces, OBX is either a rebadged SSAC or someone who buy from the same factory as SSAC. The founders of SSAC is from PA I think, both ME and one of them is Chinese, who went back to China to find factories that can make all these copy produce for his American partner. I got these info from one of the factory owner when I used to import stuff from China :)
 

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Hi Guys

King6 - I am using the stock cat right now. I thought how changing but two things came up.

1) wasn't sure I needed a new cat
2) how loud would a high flow cat be?

I wasn't sure until recently taking with Justin L that a high flow car still has the honeycomb parts, and would still keep things on the quite side - Is this true?
Would a high flow cat be better for what I have?

The current cat is still in great shape. Saw the guts of it and it is still near white - and the original cat.

One thing that I've noticed is a PPSSSHHHHTTT sound. There are no leaks in the exhaust anywhere. I presume it is the air intake?

There is not drop in performance - I stand by my claim that it does have more pep at different gears/rpm ranges.

I know many of you are all about the 5 speed, I will get to that at a later day. For now, driving an automatic with the ad-dons I've done is pretty damn impressive.

Also, wish I thought of the ss hose clamps. I started wrapping the headers Sunday night and had to have the car into the shop the next day for the install. All in all - things held and everything is bolted on nicely.

Any-who, tomorrow's project is ripping out the rear panels and stuffing the holes with some high quality foam for more sound deadening. I will also be dropping the headliner this weekend. The back fasteners have been squeaking pretty bad, and I managed to cure most of it with new clips.
 

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A cat will drastically decrease the performance and sound of the exhaust. Take it off once and you will be amazed by the aggressive tone of the engine, My self- I run a resonator after the Y pipe and straight through to an actual muffler.

A high flow cat is usually a smaller Cat, either less material inside or just shorter in size. It keeps you on the legal side of things.. If you dont have emissions/testing a resonator will suit you fine. I think I went with a SS Vibrant resonator, the only other type id go with is a magnaflow.

Im not sure how to determine the life of a cat converter, I do know if the motor is running sluggish, got a rotten egg smell exhaust- its time to replace. Also believe a certain mileage determines when to replace..seems most people just wait till its stalling the motor though
 

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King6 - thanks for the advice. No funny smells out of the exhaust and the engine pulls strong.

The only thing holding me back from replacing the cat with an straight through - is the sound, just worried it would be too loud. Maybe the highflow cat would be a fair compromise... Get the extra growl but just toned a bit



Anyways - afternoon project was to locate some high quality foam for the rear passenger panels. No luck finding what I wanted, until my landlord was cutting up an old couch.

I managed to pooch some good shape cushions. It was 8" think foam. You can see that I dynamated the interior, but this area still resonated a bit. Once I added the foam, the rear of the car is much more quite. Still a nice rumble to the exhaust.

I really have to put it out there that if you are in a pinch and what some nice quick deadening, seriously consider using some have decent foam from an old couch.

Keep in mind I've already dynamated my entire cabin, this was just the last bit of the job

Spent sometime as well remounting the audio equipment and re-running the wires. My cap didn't discharge properly, got a nice bite from it.

Almost done, going to be soldering on some newer butt connectors for the rear speakers.



 

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You'll lose some growl without the cat, but open up more flow in the upper RPM range.
 

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whiteboysmx6 - HuH? My car isn't gold - Its green with the beige interior.... Not sure what you mean...
You can see it in the youtube trailer link at the top of this page 3 thread...
 
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