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Old 04-10-2017, 03:38 PM   #1
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SoCal | Anyone have a midpipe installed?

Hey guys,

Looking for any SoCal RX8 owners who have a catless midpipe installed. I'm considering this mod and would love to go for a ride in your car. I know the performance gains are there, but I want to see if the gasoline smell would be an issue and how good it sounds. Happy to buy you a coffee or lunch.

I'm in the LA area, but could meet up.
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hey otto: PLENTY of guys around SoCal are driving around catless so it shouldn't be hard to find someone.
A few things to keep in mind:
- There are performance gains to be had by eliminating the factory catalytic converter but gains won't be huge. Maybe 5 hp or so, 10 hp tops.
- Resonated vs straight mid pipe: big difference in sound.

You should check out the monthly SoCal All Rotary meet in Cerritos, I'm sure someone will help you out.



p.s. if you want to see just about every RX-8 mod imaginable, make sure you come out to SevenStock on Nov 4th. www.facebook.com/sevenstock.
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Thanks, Jedi for the info.

I know the gains are not huge, but I'll take what I can get from the Renesis.

Looks like the Facebook group is the best way to keep on top of SCAR's events. I'll definitely try to make it out, but my offer still stands if anyone wants to give me a ride before then.
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What kind of sound are you seeking from a catless midpipe?
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Just looking to avoid droning and attention from law enforcement. I currently have a Corksport catback, so I'd be going for a resonated midpipe.
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Just looking to avoid droning and attention from law enforcement. I currently have a Corksport catback, so I'd be going for a resonated midpipe.
The only mid pipes I know that do not drone are the BHR Midpipe (my offering) and the Racing Beat Midpipe. The RB pipe is a little heavier as it uses two resonators but the BHR unit sounds quite similar, will never blow the packing out as it has none, and only needs to use one resonator to accomplish the job.
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hey otto: PLENTY of guys around SoCal are driving around catless so it shouldn't be hard to find someone.
A few things to keep in mind:
- There are performance gains to be had by eliminating the factory catalytic converter but gains won't be huge. Maybe 5 hp or so, 10 hp tops.
- Resonated vs straight mid pipe: big difference in sound.

You should check out the monthly SoCal All Rotary meet in Cerritos, I'm sure someone will help you out.



p.s. if you want to see just about every RX-8 mod imaginable, make sure you come out to SevenStock on Nov 4th. www.facebook.com/sevenstock.
I feel like 5hp or 10hp is a stretch =P all I got was more noise, lol!
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pcs, did you notice more of a smell from the exhaust when you installed the midpipe?
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any rotary, after deleting the cat, is going to smell, and smell a lot.

I personally like it, haha.
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My cat's pretty old. I wonder if my car would smell much more than it already does. Also, do you have a tune, like Accessport or the RB tune?
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otto; I might be at the next SCAR meet (I should probably look up the date)
I'm running a small 100 cpi cat (which pretty much does nothing at this point) so it's pretty close to a catless midpipe
racing beat header + midpipe + racing beat exhaust.

Let me know if no one else takes you up on the offer and I'll see what I can do.


p.s the BHR midpipe is REALLY nice.
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if everyone at the SCAR meet has a cat, I'd be very surprised...

I'm running an RB Dual Res + RB catback - I'd vote for RB only because I'm a fan of their products in general . No tune though - not available for S2.
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side note - where in the LA area are you?
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otto; I might be at the next SCAR meet (I should probably look up the date)
I'm running a small 100 cpi cat (which pretty much does nothing at this point) so it's pretty close to a catless midpipe
racing beat header + midpipe + racing beat exhaust.

Let me know if no one else takes you up on the offer and I'll see what I can do.
Thanks, Jedi. Will do.
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if everyone at the SCAR meet has a cat, I'd be very surprised...

I'm running an RB Dual Res + RB catback - I'd vote for RB only because I'm a fan of their products in general . No tune though - not available for S2.
Yeah, I like RB as well. I'm running their flywheel and springs. Super helpful guys, too.

I'm in Sherman Oaks, btw. You?
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Arcadia / Pasadena area. It's also mostly a track car at this point and doesn't really see the street, so I wouldn't typically drive it out there =P
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Question Megan VS Racingbeat REV.V2 midpipe

ok so ive found a pretty good deal on a Megan racing stainless steal pipe for about $300 CDN. I had already planed to buy the RB Coldair and duct combo with the RB midpipe. which is about $1350 CDN after shipping and handling
I could easily save $400 by buying the Megan. something tells me I should not. a friend of mine says a pipes a pipe as well.. I'm stuck , because I would hate to have an over loud cheap tingy Honda sound on my sweet sweet 8. I need some input from personal experiences perhaps please?

thank you kindly
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I don't see very many Megan Racing pipes on the forum - might be worth trying and seeing if you like it. If you don't like it, get the RB, sell the Megan for $250-300 and move on with life with a $50-100 learning experience.

As far as midpipes go - the dual resonated (to me) is the way to go. I have that paired with the RB catback, and think it sounds great at idle, great when driving, and great at high rpms (though it could be a little louder). The non-resonated one had a nice burble at idle, and sounded great at high rpms, but was raspy at anything other than idle or WOT...
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Arcadia / Pasadena area. It's also mostly a track car at this point and doesn't really see the street, so I wouldn't typically drive it out there =P
Understood. Maybe I'll hit you up if I'm ever headed towards your neighborhood.
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I'm in whittier. I had the same concerns as you. I have a racing beat dual resonated midpipe and a magnaflow catback. The smells not too bad bet definitely noticible. it actuall sounds great. Not too loud compared to before.
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I'm in whittier. I had the same concerns as you. I have a racing beat dual resonated midpipe and a magnaflow catback. The smells not too bad bet definitely noticible. it actuall sounds great. Not too loud compared to before.
Hey Daniel,

Welcome to rx8club, man. Thanks for the info. For the smell, do you notice it when the car is moving, or only in stop and go traffic? Or maybe only when you're idling? Or only when you get out of the car once you park?
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Hey Daniel,

Welcome to rx8club, man. Thanks for the info. For the smell, do you notice it when the car is moving, or only in stop and go traffic? Or maybe only when you're idling? Or only when you get out of the car once you park?

its not noticeable when your rolling with the windows up. You can slightly smell it when when the windows are down. You can difinitely smell it at stoplights but nothing too bothersome unless you're by the trunk area with the car idling. I like the smell and luckily my girl does too haha.
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I'm in Sherman Oaks, btw. You?


Welcome to the club. I used to live along Riverside and Van Nuys but have moved to Reseda since January. I currently have the OEM CAT for SMOG and my gutted CAT is in the garage, if you wanna get a jist of how loud and how smelly it will be, let me know and I can loan you the gutted CAT.
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its not noticeable when your rolling with the windows up. You can slightly smell it when when the windows are down. You can difinitely smell it at stoplights but nothing too bothersome unless you're by the trunk area with the car idling. I like the smell and luckily my girl does too haha.
That's funny. I used to love the smell of gasoline at gas stations when I was a kid. Not so much any more, but this doesn't sound too bad. Do you have a tune?
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Welcome to the club. I used to live along Riverside and Van Nuys but have moved to Reseda since January. I currently have the OEM CAT for SMOG and my gutted CAT is in the garage, if you wanna get a jist of how loud and how smelly it will be, let me know and I can loan you the gutted CAT.
Thanks, Grace. If I can't get a ride with someone catless soon, I may take you up on that!
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