Catalytic converter location in 3B ES/2 conversion

Charles Baer charlie at
Fri Apr 23 14:57:43 EDT 2004

Brett Dikeman wrote:

> At 11:28 AM -0600 4/23/04, Charles Baer wrote:
>> Now personal preferences aside, I assume most listers don't think 
>> WRXes are total
>> dogs ;)
> The 200q20v had no trouble playing with a stock STi a few weeks ago in 
> a straight line.  The kid pulled up to me at the stoplight and asked, 
> 'What the HELL do you have under the hood?  That thing is #$@!ing fast!"
> That said, there's zero contest in the twisties, but I'll take my car 
> on the highway or reasonably open roads any day.  The new WRX design 
> has also left me with one less reason to trash it; it's an astounding 
> improvement.  Can't fall off the floor, as they say.

Yep, my '83 urq felt positively sloppy compared to a friends Evo 8.  
Planning on renewing
every suspension piece not made of metal and mebbe even some of those.

>>  If subie has a 3-cat system working, I wonder if we can adapt 
>> something similar
>> to keep our local EPA hounds off our backs.
> Catalytic converters need engine management designed for their mode of 
> operation.  The wrong type of engine management would cause them to 
> either not work, or even worse, overheat.

Yep, need to find units that light off with what's coming into the 
downpipe and locate them
where they won't burn through the floorboards.  Still, I don't think 
that obviates the possibility
for conversions, I hope to deal wtih the issue on my '83 SOME day..

BTW: I wan't proposing midnight raids on WRXes and Evos ;)
( but it almost sounds like naughty fun!, Pizzo.... )


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