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Old 07-06-2006, 06:09 PM   #1
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Default I need another cat...poor kitty

Well my random tech cat now has a nice big hole in it and needs to be replaced obviously. SO my question is....Would it be better to get another RT cat. or maybe look into something else. I figured my RT cat would have burned out before it blew a hole in itself, or maybe it did burn out and caused the hole. I heard the RT cats only last like 60k which at $300+ isn't cheap to replace every 60k So I was hoping maybe someone had a better idea/experience with another brand? LIke Stromung? I would prefer a bolt-in but if it would be better to get some kind of universal that might last longer I'll go for that. I was also considering a "track pipe" since I don't have emissions, tho I don't want my car any louder than it is. Maybe even a track pipe with a resinator.
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Old 07-06-2006, 07:50 PM   #2
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Was this one of the metallic substrate or brick RT cats?
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Old 07-06-2006, 09:26 PM   #3
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Pick up a metallic substrate universal cat and have that welded in. Should cost you quite a bit less than $300.
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Old 07-06-2006, 10:16 PM   #4
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If you don't care about what the cat does, go for a track pipe with resonator, it'd be cheaper.

I got my Stromung HFC used, very slightly, for about $180. I like it a lot. It's noisy, but I like it a lot.
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Old 07-07-2006, 12:18 AM   #5
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ummm...don't quite understand the whole metallic substrate or brick cat thing. It was a direct bolt on, tho didn't seem to fit very well, I think they offer a kit now that give you longer bolts and whatnot. My cat looks like a bent peice of tube that buldges out where the cat is(if you have one or seen one, you know what I'm talking about)
My car is loud and so far I've never heard anyone else suby sound as loud as mine, but I really don't baby it so its quiet unless the "fuzz" is in the area. And most people I've noticed can afford the good equal length stuff, so that might be why I haven't really heard them either.
I've heard a few diferent opinions on how much louder a track pipe is than the high flo cat. Some say they don't notice it too be too much louder other tend to disagree and think its much louder. But I don't know if they're going from a stock cat to the track pipe or going from the high flo to the track pipe.
I'm also looking for a little bit more durabilty than I got with the RT cat.
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Old 07-07-2006, 06:31 AM   #6
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I would say that if the RT cat is done and you dont have emission, just clean the inside of your RT cat and put a CEL fix for the 2nd O2 sensor.
You'll have a trackpipe that looks like a normal catpipe, you'll keep the bigger pipe size (2.25") and it will cost you nothing.
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Old 07-07-2006, 04:17 PM   #7
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The metallic cats do look like a bulge in the pipe, whereas brick cats are much larger and usually have a heatshield around them. I'm surprised that you've had problems with it, because they're very, very durable and will literally not come apart unless they're hit with something. I'd consider contacting RT and asking if there's any warranty, or if they'd look at it and possibly repair it.
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Old 07-07-2006, 05:37 PM   #8
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Or you can buy my RT cat. Has 10K miles.
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Old 07-09-2006, 08:34 PM   #9
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Well the RT cat is way over warranty I'm sure. And it doesn't look like anything hit the cat, it just looks like it wore down the metal and eventually put a hole in it. So there's no salvaging it for even an empty cat. And I would really prefer no to buy a used one unless it dirt cheap, and I do mean DIRT CHEAP!

Right now I'm having a problem even finding a new one forsale anywhere, besides one for like $500+ don't know what the hell they're thinking but I aint paying that much. I would just assume pay a little more and get a whole new header set-up from Cobb or TWE.

I'm guessing no one know about how much louder the track pipe is compared to the RT high-flo?
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