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Test Pipe or Cat. Converter is worth it for my H22

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by NyQuiL_AcCoRD, Aug 4, 2004.

  1. NyQuiL_AcCoRD

    NyQuiL_AcCoRD Member

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    I'm planing to purchase a cat. converter for my h22a. But a friend of my recommended I should just purchase a Test Pipe. He said I would have more gain with a test pipe. Although, I'm thinking that I would lose some midrange torque with the test pipe. So, my question is: Is it worth me getting a Test Pipe or Cat. Converter? Also, I know with a test pipe I will not pass emission testing, but I got a buddy for that. ;)
     
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    If you replace it, go high flow cat. Otherwise, replace everything on either side. I still have my stock converter, and my car breathes really well. Size whatever you get to the size of your existing pipe. A 2.5" cat won't do you a lot of good if you have a 1.75" catback exhaust. I ported and polished my cat slightly by hand. Too bad there wasn't more material to work with.
     
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    Well I see you're in VA... don't they have emissions testing? I'd keep the stock/get a high flow cat so you would at least be able to pass emissions testing.
     
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    the point of the test pipe is to swap in the cat more easily(bolt on ones with flanges) i would go for the test pipe. i would go for a high flow cat but if you are at the track alot then go for the test pipe and just use your stock cat when its time for the emission test.
     
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    I don't know how the laws are in va but in cali its a 2,500 dollar fine if caught driving without a cat. this said, I recently put a 2.5 inch strait pipe from the header of my h22a to a large canister muffler. Well its loud. This is where street driving becomes risky. But no cat no pre-silencer replaced by a single pipe and a big ol' muffler frees up a lot of power. As for loss of mid range, maybe there is a little almost lag type feeling but as soon as you hit 4 grand you forget all about it.
     
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    I still retain the stock cat for the street, but my next purchase is a straight pipe for the track only. I really cannot afford the ticket here in cali for not having a cat on my car.
     
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    so i have done just the slightest bit of driving on the street and now feel that there is maybe too little back pressure so I am going to throw in a high flow cat and see how it goes.
     
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    i'll be the black sheep.......test pipe
     
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