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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-14-03, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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Ok its time to do the exhaust on my EL Fairmont Ghia. And i was just wondering about wat setup i should go for.

Pacemaker Extractors or JM Headers. and if i should get them coated or not. does it make much of a difference?

Also i was wondering if i should replace my cat or just gut the existing one? What are some good brands/types of cats to look for?
is there any differnce in gutting or replacing with a high-flow cat?

Lastly does any1 know where i could get a EL GT rear spoiler from and how much i'd be looking at?

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Re: Few questions

Best bet is to get a new high performance cat, gutting the original is illegal, and will cause problems - theres a sensor (the name of which escapes me) located on the exhaust and it wont know whats going on if the cat has been gutted
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You CAN gut the cat, and it won't screw anything up. You might even gain a few extra kws.

However, having said that:


For two reasons:
1. It's illegal, there are hefty fines and it's just not worth the risk.
2. I'd like the earth to exist long enough for our children to grow up.


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Re: Few questions

Don't gut the cat. the fines are just not were it! I was talking once to the guy who installed my exhaust system, said that I can get a $20,000 fine as well as the exhaust fitter. that's a quick $40,000 grand for the govt. I was told this because I have replace two cats in nearly 6 years, after the cat blew itself on it own accord.
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Re: Few questions

Well, as far as gutting the cat goes - a new ones bloody expensive. Having said that, gutting your old one will not give you any better performance, IMO unless you get a 2.5" cat to match your exhaust you might as well not have bothered with the exhaust: the cat will choke it down again.
High-flow: Will most likely cost you just as much as the bigger diameter and I have heard many people express the opinion they do not live up to their promise.

Exhaust: Some people just buy extractors and not an exhaust to match. Quite how they expect the extractors to perform well I do not know. You would be looking at about a 2.5" system behind your headers, chat to the exhaust shop guy about resonators, number of mufflers, etc. Also listen to other people's exhausts, find out what you like, ask what the system is made with.

I think coating the headers is mainly for looks, plus some heat control. However my second-hand headers with only half the coating do not cause me trouble with heating up the wiring loom too much. In any case I believe the EL runs most of it's loom around the front of the car so you will not have to worry about that.

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Re: Few questions

As far as hi flow cats are concerned, i can't even install them in my EA statonwagon because i am told they won't fit. go figure.

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