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Old 01-23-2001, 07:17 PM   #1
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Post MRT header system questions, please.

I searched, but couldn't find answers. I'm very interested in the latest GB, but am wondering about two things:

1) since the MRT system is mild steel but is coated, do any folks who have them in snow/salt belt areas have any rust issues? Kyle says they're painted/coated to prevent rust, but ya gotta wonder.

2) what about emissions testing? Since it replaces the cat and all that jazz, will passing the inevitable emissions test be an issue?

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Old 01-23-2001, 07:33 PM   #2
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1) since the MRT system is mild steel but is coated, do any folks who have them in snow/salt belt areas have any rust issues? Kyle says they're painted/coated to prevent rust, but ya gotta wonder.
I'm in for the first group buy, and I'm going have them heat coated. I live in the salt belt aswell. Just my opinion.


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2) what about emissions testing? Since it replaces the cat and all that jazz, will passing the inevitable emissions test be an issue?
I know your looking for more specifics, but it barely passed CT emmisions testing (I think he had an old erg valve though). So it can pass the snifer. It depends on whether or not your state does visual checks, and knows that there are 2 stock cats. So in a word maybe
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Old 01-23-2001, 08:26 PM   #3
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I live in Australia and don't drive on roads with salt on them.. so wouldn't know.

Mine aren't coated, they're only raw mild steel. The mid pipe, resonator and muffler pipe sections are all coated though.

The Australian version only has one cat, which is relocated to suit the header design, but really isn't a problem.

Emmissions pass Australian regs.

They're made very well and are a better design than the borlas IMHO.
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Old 01-23-2001, 08:42 PM   #4
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The MRT design is very nice, and even when stainless (+$250 USD) it's still less expensive than the Borlas.

The reasons I went with the Borlas:
1) Company accessability. If it falls apart, I can call Borla and get a new one eventually. If my MRT headerback falls apart, I'm going to be waiting a long time...
2) Emissions certified. No worries here. I don't want to have to fudge my way through NE emissions if I end up there.
3) No problems with my car. A complete bolt-on. Hey, it makes me happy to not have to worry about CE lights... at least, on my '99.

YMMV.
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Old 01-24-2001, 11:39 AM   #5
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Heh.. that's me with the old PCV... I have the system in CT. There's no rust on the pipes and it's been on my car for over a year. There is some rust at the welds, but you should be able to shoot it with some high temp paint and prevent that.

Emissions... barely passed. You can do a search for the exact results of my test, but I think it was due to my old PCV. I don'tthink I've changed it in the ~98,000 miles that I've owned my '98 RS.
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Old 02-21-2001, 11:28 PM   #6
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Bringing this one back TTT.

Does anyone know if the MRT setup will pass Illinois Emissions?
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Old 05-10-2001, 02:33 PM   #7
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Just visited:
http://www.mrtrally.com.au/shop/

Couldn't find any headers for sale. Am I looking in the right place?

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Old 05-11-2001, 07:37 AM   #8
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Galo -
Your prolly best suited to call asr in cali. I think they are an authorized MRT dealer, and that may make the initial cost more, but... you'll have the advantage of them having to deal w/ customs, and shipping. If its not asr, it's ISR er. SOMEONES state side is authorized, I know this. It may however take a while for you to get your system. Just a note.
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Old 05-11-2001, 10:35 AM   #9
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I am running the MRT header. The coating they put on it sucks and will burn off at the bend. You need to temp coat it to get the rear O2 sensor to work properly. It is a great kit though. Except for the rear can. that whole drum design isn't too apealling. When ordering through MRT, they deal with the custom crap and it gets delivered straight to your house.
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