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Old 09-27-2013, 08:13 AM   #41
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The rules allow us to remove the catalytic converter. So it may be easier to remove it and have better performance. Do you know where I can get the what people here refer to as an "off road pipe" ??? I've been searching a bit, but so far no luck. Also, remember I'm in Canada so locally would be preferred just to keep shipping costs down.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:35 AM   #42
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It's also sometimes reffered to as a "Test Pipe". They may not sell one for your car. It may be better to just have one made up at an exhaust shop.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:50 AM   #43
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It will be best just to take it to an exhaust show and ask them to cut and weld in a section then. should be around $40-50 US... at least around here..
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:00 PM   #44
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Yea, I'm going to drop the exhaust tonight to get a better look. Chop it off and get a pipe bent and made for it. No time to waste, only 14 days until the big race weekend !!!
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If you're cutting off the cat, keep it. There are a few recyclers around who will pay you $40-75 for it (if it's OEM). Or, better still, trade it in at the exhaust place in exchange for them making you a straight pipe.

I've heard arguments both ways for keeping or ditching cat and/or muffler. Not sure you'd see much difference unless the cat was actually plugged, but can't see that it would hurt either. Guessing the muffler is a rule requirement.
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:27 PM   #46
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Hey, how did it run? We were busy fixing wrecked stuff all weekend and the only time I had to go look for you, you weren't around.
And the rest of the time we were in the motorhome supporting the brewing industry.
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Hey, how did it run? We were busy fixing wrecked stuff all weekend and the only time I had to go look for you, you weren't around.
And the rest of the time we were in the motorhome supporting the brewing industry.
I took the Focus out for two practice sessions. First one I had a bad right front tire that vibrated badly. Second one the car ran great and was very fast !! Only it didn't turn well at all. I was only able to get one degree of camber. I over-cooked it going into turn 3, did a 360 and just barely scraped the wall with the front bumper. No damage luckily. I parked it for the weekend and drove the mighty Mazda. Qualified it 12th and finished the feature in 5th out of 28 cars !!! I'm happy with that result for the Mazda with the smallest engine in the field. I now know how to fix the camber problem in my Focus and will have it ready for next year. I'll have lots of time to do more striping too. Looking forward to 2014 !!
How did you guys do ?
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I took the Focus out for two practice sessions. First one I had a bad right front tire that vibrated badly. Second one the car ran great and was very fast !! Only it didn't turn well at all. I was only able to get one degree of camber. I over-cooked it going into turn 3, did a 360 and just barely scraped the wall with the front bumper. No damage luckily. I parked it for the weekend and drove the mighty Mazda. Qualified it 12th and finished the feature in 5th out of 28 cars !!! I'm happy with that result for the Mazda with the smallest engine in the field. I now know how to fix the camber problem in my Focus and will have it ready for next year. I'll have lots of time to do more striping too. Looking forward to 2014 !!
How did you guys do ?
How are you thinking to increase the camber?
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How are you thinking to increase the camber?
I'm thinking I can get the lower ball joints made longer at a machine shop so I can re-drill the holes and elongate them so they are adjustable. One ball joint will be longer, the other will have material added to the front and then I can also shave the control arm to get enough camber. Trying to get all 4 degrees on the right side is more important than the left side. I can settle for 2 or 3 degrees on the left.
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