GEN1 MAZDASPEED 3 NO BOOST

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  1. JohnnyTightlips

    JohnnyTightlips Motorhead Silver Member

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    You could just cut the cat but depending on emissions you probably need one. You can get a race pipe to replace the catted section. You could also get a catless ebay downpipe. Sadly due to the pandemic both of those are very hard to find. You might have to just pony up and buy a legit catted DP from CS or another vendor.

    https://corksport.com/mazdaspeed-3-racepipe.html
    https://edgeautosport.com/cp-e-qkspl-downpipe-catted-mazdaspeed-3-2007-2013/
    https://www.cobbtuning.com/products/exhaust/mazda-gesi-catted-3-downpipe-mazdaspeed3-2007-2013
    Not sure about these guys but look decent - https://www.ultimate-racing.com/products/mazdaspeed3-downpipe-ver3
     
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    Well I live in Florida (no inspections FTW!)

    so I might just go to an exhaust shop and have them cut it out.
    Could I tune my car for this? I plan on contacting FreekTune (unless you guys have other recommendations?)
     
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    You *NEED* to tune for it. Just get a full catless downpipe from somewhere and save yourself the potential hassle of fighting with a shop to remove emissions equipment (probably be cheaper too)
     
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    By the way I have the downpipe you linked from COBB, that exact one!

    It was cheaper though, i paid $550 for it. I guess it's just a throw away if i have to replace it.

    Okay, i will take your advice and order a catless one. Unfortunately i use this car to get to and from school/work....

    If i continue to drive it until the parts get here, any potential for damage?

    I will be ordering one today, and most likely contacting someone for a tune.
     
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    If you have that downpipe I would take it off and just gut the cat with a drill and slap it back on. Wear a mask.
     
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    You could also just take the downpipe pipe in somewhere and have them cut the cat out and put a new pipe in that spot.
     
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    If you gut it like that make DAMN SURE you control the dust and the mess. The catalyst will fuck you up if you breathe it in.
     
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    So my question is, lets say i get that done, can i drive the car home, and wont have problems? I will be doing an e-tune with FreekTune, but i'd still have to get home
     
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    If your getting a freektune I would ask for a basemap so that you can drive explain your problem and what you are doing.
     
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    Anything will be fine if you keep your foot out of it.
     
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    I personally would just break up the catalyst and reuse the downpipe you have. It's already a paperweight might as well get some use out of it.
     
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    I've done this myself and it sucks to do but it's by far the cheapest option.
     
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    It's just such a weird angle, i'm trying to see how the heck ill be able to break it down. Maybe a right angle tube? Or i guess i could put a long extension and some a drill and go to town on it LOL
     
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    I used a grounding/horseshoe stake, but rebar will work too. Anything long and metal that you can hammer will do the deed.
     
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    I will be removing the down pipe today, doesn't seem too hard honestly.

    Once i do it, and the car runs good i'll mark this post as solved!

    Thanks a lot everyone, i really appreciate all the help!!!
     
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    Yeah let us know how easy this was. Lol.
     
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    LET A MAN DREAM LOL

    I'll be back in 2 business days after fighting with that downpipe
     
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    Should I tell him about the 10mm nut that will otherwise be the bane of his existence?
    LMAO
     
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    ...... what 10mm nut......

    Give me the cheese
     
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    I'll just say that if the stock downpipe isn't easy to get out once unbolted you're missing something. And it's not where you think.
     
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