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Old 12-28-2008, 07:19 PM   #1
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Picked up a set of single catch can from here after a thorough research.

http://www.saikoumichi.com/DC3_page.htm

In my opinion, this is the most effective catch can in the market for the money (has filter inside unlike 90% of catch can in the market).






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Old 12-28-2008, 10:30 PM   #2
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good products, nice guy too!
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Old 12-28-2008, 11:00 PM   #3
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I agree - he is one of the nicest person I've dealt with online.
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:10 AM   #4
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How do you know when it's full?
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Old 12-29-2008, 02:53 PM   #5
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no way to check for the fluid level - I plan to check it once every two months.
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Old 02-17-2010, 05:51 PM   #6
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can someone pm me an email adress so i can get ahold of one of these catch cans. i need the adress cause i cant get there email link to work
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Old 03-06-2010, 12:31 AM   #7
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Buy some clear hose and a hose nipple. Remove the drain, insert the hose nipple, attach the clear hose that reachs to the bottom of the car and insert the drain at the bottom. This will increase fluid capacity and you will be able to monitor when it should be drained. Since your already under the car during oil changes why not just open the valve while your under there.

^ makes it simple!
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So its actually made by Sakou Michi and another vendor renamed it to make it looks like theirs?

http://sites.google.com/site/litespe...-can-solutions
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Old 03-06-2010, 08:26 AM   #10
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have this too. only i have the duel catch can mounted in my wheel well. awesome product. and nice guy too. way cheaper than the other catch cans that are made way worse than these.
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Old 04-13-2010, 09:54 PM   #11
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So its actually made by Sakou Michi and another vendor renamed it to make it looks like theirs?

http://sites.google.com/site/litespe...-can-solutions
yes this is made by sakou michi.
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:37 AM   #12
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CLIFF NOTES:
- great interior design of mesh filter and clog prevention
- inability to check oil level
- not easy to drain
- great price compared to other "higher-end" catch cans

goat630, I believe Mr. Saikou Michi provided me your design as he mentioned it was a custom setup he came up with for an 04 wrx sti. It's pretty sweet setup and if it wasn't red, you wouldn't know it was there. It is the Subaru Dual OCC Setup with strut tower offset brace. I had it painted gloss red with white logo and now I regret the gloss and should've asked for flat or matte red. It is just too shiny and draws the eyes in the engine bay.

I do recommend this product but there are drawbacks to the design.

At the time of the order, he said he wasn't stocking hoses so I had to purchase:

1) min. 8ft of fuel/emissions hoses, 1/2" (maybe 1-4 feet more just in case)
2) min. 4 hose clamps
3) min. 2 1/2" hose couplers (or connectors, same thing)
4) hose sleeves for thermal protection

For #1-3, the products I ordered were Gates products from here. However, if you have a autoparts store that stocks Gates products, then you'll save some money and shipping costs.

Installation of the dual OCCs on the strut tower required a little more effort than I thought. First, I had my MBC mounted at the install location so I had to move that (not relevant for actual install). Second, the brake hard lines (I believe?) are somewhat in the way of the "front" catch can inlet so I had to bend the brake line bracket a little to give slight room. It's probably about a 1/2" of space but bending the metal bracket was a little tougher than I thought. Third, I installed the offset brace to the strut tower first and then the OCCs to the brace - bad idea. You should install the offset brace to the OCCs first, put it in place to see if it will work (multiple bolt holes on the OCC mount bracket) and then bolt up the offset brace to the strut tower. It'll require small fingers or a 1/4" ratchet wrench/gear wrench.

Next came to installing hoses. It was a little harder than I expected to connect the hose connectors to the hoses. I used some engine oil from the dipstick to assist but that only helped so much. I just used pliers to hold onto the connector and kept turning the hose like I'm screwing the connector into the hose. If you look up Unabomber's Catch Can FAQ, there's an awesome writeup about installing the hoses. If you get confused from the pictures in that DIY, just keep in mind that the output of the catch cans go into the turbo inlet and that should help tremendously. I used hose sleeves for my PCV can-to-inlet hose as it rested on the engine block.

- great internal design. mesh filter inside provides a lot of surface area for the oil vapors to attach and collect. There's also multiple holes along interior inlet pipe to prevent clogging in case the can gets full.
- drawback of the design is that you can't check to see how full it is it isn't as easy to check either because of the use of bolts for mounting. The recommendation is to check every 3,000 miles.
- price of this custom dual catch can is pretty good compared to other "higher-end" catch cans. I've seen $100 catch cans WITHOUT hoses and parts

So I haven't checked since the installation about 4 weeks ago. I'll probably have to get underneath the car and reach up to drain the OCCs; seems to be easier than to unbolt the setup from the strut tower AND all of the hose clamps and hoses.

Sorry for the long review.

Here are some pictures:
Breather system installed, stock breather hose re-used

stockPCV hose will be re-used

PCV OCC inlet hose installed

entire system, hose sleeve protects the PCV OCC output hose
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:14 PM   #13
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Installation of the dual OCCs on the strut tower required a little more effort than I thought. First, I had my MBC mounted at the install location so I had to move that (not relevant for actual install). Second, the brake hard lines (I believe?) are somewhat in the way of the "front" catch can inlet so I had to bend the brake line bracket a little to give slight room. It's probably about a 1/2" of space but bending the metal bracket was a little tougher than I thought. Third, I installed the offset brace to the strut tower first and then the OCCs to the brace - bad idea. You should install the offset brace to the OCCs first, put it in place to see if it will work (multiple bolt holes on the OCC mount bracket) and then bolt up the offset brace to the strut tower. It'll require small fingers or a 1/4" ratchet wrench/gear wrench.
Can you tell me how you mounted this to the strut tower? I have the same catch can setup as you from Saiku Michi, but for the life of me I couln't figure out how to mount it. I ended up making a custom bracket, which works ok, but I'd rather have it installed properly.
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:30 PM   #14
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I'm a little confused as to why you had to make a custom bracket - didn't your OCCs come with an offset bracket? The included offset bracket had two holes that lined up perfectly with the factory-tapped holes/nuts in the strut tower. I had to buy bolts from autozone to secure it though. Then the top of the offset bracket had two holes, lined up horizontally, that is used for mounting the dual cans. The cans can be shifted left and shift along these holes for a most custom fit. Let me know if I didn't answer your question.
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I'm a little confused as to why you had to make a custom bracket - didn't your OCCs come with an offset bracket? The included offset bracket had two holes that lined up perfectly with the factory-tapped holes/nuts in the strut tower. I had to buy bolts from autozone to secure it though. Then the top of the offset bracket had two holes, lined up horizontally, that is used for mounting the dual cans. The cans can be shifted left and shift along these holes for a most custom fit. Let me know if I didn't answer your question.
Yes, mine came with the bracket. I looked and I have the cruise control thing right where you have yours mounted, so maybe the bracket is made for a later model WRX/STi? I'll take a picture of my setup today.

Thanks for the help with this...I appreciate it.
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That's possible as I know the seller told me he was selling me a design he made for an 04 Sti. I know there is a different between pre-04 and 04+ Stis but not sure if that cruise control thing is part of it.

I'll wait on the pictures and maybe I can suggest some things. Is there no way to move this cruise control thing?
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hey brother, I see what you mean now. That thing (you said cruise control) is definitely in the area where my cans are installed. I think since you have an 03 model, it is different from 04-07 STis. No worries though as I do see you have a pre-frabbed bracket in use. As long as your bracket is secure, you are good to go.
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hey brother, I see what you mean now. That thing (you said cruise control) is definitely in the area where my cans are installed. I think since you have an 03 model, it is different from 04-07 STis. No worries though as I do see you have a pre-frabbed bracket in use. As long as your bracket is secure, you are good to go.
I made the bracket, which attaches to the cruise control mounting points. It's pretty secure, so I'm not worried. Thanks for the help.

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bringing this one back..

I recently purchased one of these. Quality, Customer Service, Cost, and Shipping are all A+++ for a product like this. I had been in the market for a catch can/aos for a whillllleee and came across this thanks to a general "catch can" nasioc search... and found this exact thread. Ended up purchasing a dual catch can setup days before my tune, and they were so nice as to place a rush on it.. no extra charge. This has to be the best quality catch can for the price out now. It is a shame not alot of people know about it because the company does not spend money advertising, they depend on word of mouth.. hence the revival. Days after mine arrived, my bf place an order for his

Was kind of a beech finding where to put this thing, as I dont have as much space as a hawkeye or sti has around this area i believe. I realize that the whole rivet idea might scare some people, but its suppppper tight on there. we check it periodically to make sure it hasnt come loose for some reason with the vibrations around there.

Here are pics of them on his car (srt4) and on mine (05 wrx).. i have to take a pic with entire bay and hoses installed.

the srt setup







the wrx set up



if anyone is interested in one of these anytime soon (as in before november)... pm me as they have sent me a discount coupon on a tank.. we already have all that we need so there is no use for it for us.

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Old 01-02-2013, 02:37 PM   #21
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How does this set up hold in the winter, any freezing or anyinthg?
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I just installed my dual catch cans today. This wasn't as easy as it should have been due to the Mishimoto intercooler hose. However, I simply rotated the bracket 90 degrees and it fit well. The only drawback to this location is that i have to remove the cans to drain them.

I am very happy with the look and feel of the cans. For me, SM cans were the only way to go.



What a mess of hoses lol
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Or you can just get 1 IAG AOS
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Uh-o my cans aren't catching anything. A monthandahalf later.
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Or you can just get 1 IAG AOS
different design, different outcome.

i'd prefer two sakou michi cans over an aos.
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