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High flo cat to make car livable?

What are your thoughts on high flow catalytic converters and are there any "good" ones? I've had an open mid pipe there for 15 years or so and it sounds cool and probably adds some HP. The problem is that I stink like a gas station attendant after a long shift in the summer every time I drive the car anywhere. I wonder if a high flow would at least aid some in cleaning up the exhaust? I'd rather not put the huge and heavy stock piece back on and I've long since rid myself of the airpump....

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I bought my car 16 years ago with a BONEZ hi-flow cat and it wasn't new then. 11 years ago I removed emissions and began pre-mixing WITH a working OMP. The cat is still going strong (I pull it off occasionally and inspect the matrix). All stainless, good welds, thick flanges and NO stink. Can't comment on the others...and there are others. But it's never given me a reason to complain.
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Yep. I've got an SMB high flow cat that I've had for 10-12 years, never run with an air pump, does the job great. Gets rid of the stink or at least gets it to manageable levels.

Bonez is the easy go-to here, they're top quality, flow great, are reasonably priced, and will hold up over time.

I've done back-to-back butt dyne tests with a mid pipe and my SMB cat, with twins making low-mid 300's. Very minor difference if any.

Go for it, you'll be happy you did.

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Another vote for Bonez. The whole piece is top quality and they do a neat trick with bowed flanges to get it to seal more reliably.

As far as stink goes... you should temper your expectations. You will still experience some stink if you don't have an air pump. I've got my idle AFR tuned and if I disconnect my air pump it stinks up the general area in no time.
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I have had three different aftermarket cats over the years. Two of which are mentioned above, which are both very good.
IMO, here are how I would rank them.
#3- SMB 100 cell Good- smell was OK, not gone but mostly mimimal at idle AFR of 13- turbo spool was better than Bonez possibly due to less backpressure- came as complete midpipe Bad- unfortunately, the metal internals partially melted after a few years
#2- Bonez Good- smell was OK, not gone but mostly mimimal at idle AFR of 13, similar to SMB- came as complete midpipe Bad- turbo spool was definitely delayed as compared to SMB or Vibrant- some people have described clogging in the past, I didn't experience this
#1- Vibrant 300 cell racing cat GESI-UHO- my current cat- no smell at idle as long as AFR of 13- minimal smell if below 13- best for turbo spool, I believe the least backpressure- CARB OBD2 rated (California rated for emissions) Bad- must be welded into current midipipe, more work

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I have had three different aftermarket cats over the years. Two of which are mentioned above, which are both very good.
IMO, here are how I would rank them.
#3- SMB 100 cell Good- smell was OK, not gone but mostly mimimal at idle AFR of 13- turbo spool was better than Bonez possibly due to less backpressure- came as complete midpipe Bad- unfortunately, the metal internals partially melted after a few years
#2- Bonez Good- smell was OK, not gone but mostly mimimal at idle AFR of 13, similar to SMB- came as complete midpipe Bad- turbo spool was definitely delayed as compared to SMB or Vibrant- some people have described clogging in the past, I didn't experience this
#1- Vibrant 300 cell racing cat GESI-UHO- my current cat- no smell at idle as long as AFR of 13- minimal smell if below 13- best for turbo spool, I believe the least backpressure- CARB OBD2 rated (California rated for emissions) Bad- must be welded into current midipipe, more work

Mike
Cool. I'm looking for a bolt on so I think I'll go with the BoneZ, plus as an old skater, the name is cool. If I can just temper it a small amount then that is realistically what I'm after.
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Originally Posted by DaleClark View Post
Yep. I've got an SMB high flow cat that I've had for 10-12 years, never run with an air pump, does the job great. Gets rid of the stink or at least gets it to manageable levels.

Bonez is the easy go-to here, they're top quality, flow great, are reasonably priced, and will hold up over time.

I've done back-to-back butt dyne tests with a mid pipe and my SMB cat, with twins making low-mid 300's. Very minor difference if any.

Go for it, you'll be happy you did.

Dale
Copy that. Just took the car to Rick's today and got the news... 2nd blown motor.... it may be a while.
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Where to buy this piece? RX7 Store??
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. got the news... 2nd blown motor.... it may be a while.
Did they say what caused it?
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Where to buy this piece? RX7 Store??
http://rx7.com/store/rx7/fdexhaust.html
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I have a bonez with an air pump and there's no smell and the car drives well. But in my opinion, it's not as nice as newer converters.

I'm general, Im dissapointed that there's no other bolt on options, with a modern metallic core. Years ago there was random technology, and smb, etc. Outside of a few Japanese companies making some expensive ones, there are not many options.

A bolt in option with the vibrant cat mentioned above would sell well imo. I think most rx7 owners are outgrowing the open exhaust smell and would use a catted pipe if there was a good option that flowed well. My last car made 454 rwhp with a random cat, so one can have performance and no stink.
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I just put a cat in mine to pass inspection. It's nice being able to hear the stereo and not reeking. I might switch it out for big weekends but daily driving it is staying. Got mine from rx7store.
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