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Old 03-15-2007, 04:29 PM   #1
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Random Tech vs. C-F-M High flow cat

I could not locate a thread on here comparing the two, so I decided to make my own. I have an '04 SVTf and I want to squeeze a little more power out of her. If I decide to get a high flow cat, i'll have Turbo Tom update my tune accordingly.

My question for you guys who might have this knowledge is: Does the performance of the RT cat justify the extra 40 bucks over the C-F-M design?

Also, is a high flow cat worth its weight in Gold?


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Well I just bought the RT Cat for $317.50 shipped at McNews...so not that much more expensive and I think it is better made but that is just from looking at the pics. I think they yield about the same amount of power.
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I'd try a search of random tech + crack. Should return quite a few results.
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orp i dyno before and after i got 10 more hp and 7tq w/ the orp.
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...I think it is better made but that is just from looking at the pics. I think they yield about the same amount of power.
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I'd try a search of random tech + crack. Should return quite a few results.

Does this look better made?









The build is horrible and the warranty paper from Random Tech might as well be used for toilet paper. They claimed I physically damaged the cat for it to split around. IF, their is any damage, it came from hitting the oil pan, which it kinda looks like in the second pic (which i think is an illusion cause i never saw any dent when they told me that was the physical damage!). And that would be a design flaw from not having the flange angled down to keep the Cat from coming close to the Pan. Many SVT Owners had to heat their headers and bend the header exit down a little to get the clearance for the RT Cat install. I did the same, even though it should just BOLT ON. I dont believe the crack came from tapping the oil pan, and if it did, their is no way an oil pan should cause a Pipe to crack at the welds and continue around the pipe. It save money by using thin metal that resembles several layers of tin foil pressed together and ironed smooth. Thats how thin it is! What was I left with.....Meineke and a Mig Welder





Moral of the story, make sure you run 2.5" exhaust with it aswhere I only had 2.25". Back Pressure in the RT Cat=death. I wasn't even boosting at the time, happend to me NA.

I need to get the CFM Cat pics, but I do believe their flange is angled down so that when the two flanges connect, the cat is parrallel to the pan and does not even come close to the pan. I support the CFM cat even though I am still Using the Random Tech Cat. They saw Random techs mistake and ensured they did not deliver a Bolt On Part that needed "manipulation" to the header!

PS: I think it cracked again!
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Anyone else having this problem? I just ordered mine
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Anyone else having this problem? I just ordered mine
Dont cry quite yet. Not EVERYONE has had this problem. I do believe its a small percentage of us have had them crack. I am just more upset with the customer service. Mine I do believe was the worst case of any cracked RT Cats. They completely blew me off. Stated I created the crack through physical damage.

To me that was an insult, like buying a new Ipod and chucking it on the floor. Who spends 300 on a part to break it lol?!? When its a bolt on application, it should be end of story replaced. Especially within warranty!

Just check your clearances really good. If you have to, try and torch the bottom of the header where the pipes bend, right before the collector, get them cherry head and then use a pry bar to bend them down a little. Dont need too much, will ensure some good clearance from the oil pan and not hurt the header. You only need an inch worth of clearance, and its hard to even get that.

Besides, you ordered it from McNews. I do believe they help you out if your cat fails! They are a good company to order from.
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I have a RT CAT on my 04 SVT and love it, no issues at all. Its been driven on Chicago roads and highways + winter for about a year.
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See Kahuna...there are plenty of satisfied RT Cat owners. I was just an unlucky one.
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I'm happy with mine.

I'll have to check mine for that crack issue, not that I have anything to worry about now... except Maybe that I got mine from Wayne...
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