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 Post subject: Magnaflow Direct Fit Catalytic Convertor
PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 2:12 pm 
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Hi guys, on my quest to get a little more power out of the stro I was looking at getting the Magnaflow Direct Fit Catalytic Convertor. 2 things, has anyone tried it, and does anyone know the differences in exhaust between 2wd and AWD? All of the "Y" Pipes say they fit:

1996-1999: 6Cyl 4.3L "Gas, FI, Vin "W", 262, CPI, L35" Base
1996-1999: 6Cyl 4.3L "Gas, FI, Vin "W", 262, CPI, L35" LS
1996-1999: 6Cyl 4.3L "Gas, FI, Vin "W", 262, CPI, L35" LT
All, Except AWD

Does anyone know why, I can't find anything that says it will fit AWD?

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 Post subject: Re: Magnaflow Direct Fit Catalytic Convertor
PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 4:58 pm 
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Anyone? Is it better just to get a universal high flow magnaflow cat and weld that in? Will that wake up the exhaust a little bit, and give a little more grunt?

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 Post subject: Re: Magnaflow Direct Fit Catalytic Convertor
PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:15 pm 
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I have the Magnaflow universal cat on my 89. I clamped it into place, there was enough stub pipe on each end for that.
Can't say whether it'll work on an AWD, though, as mine is a 2wd. My 89 didn't have a cat when I bought it and I ran it awhile like that after I swapped in the V8. But the exhaust system had a resonance that buzzed the cab at certain speeds so I installed the cat hoping that it would reduce or eliminate that. The cat really knocked out the buzzing and made the exhaust smell nicer, too.

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 Post subject: Re: Magnaflow Direct Fit Catalytic Convertor
PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 5:08 am 
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Hey dude ... take one look under a late 90s 2wd and you will see there is a hell of a lot more space up front than our AWD. Proceed with caution before spending good money on your shineys :)

I was going to go get headers but the old board crashed and was "taken" over by someone and I did not write down the part number someone posted for headers for AWD ... it took a LONG time for someone with the knowledge to post and now it is lost :( :( :(

If in your quest you find out which headers can be put in our AWD let me know. Thanks dude!

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 Post subject: Re: Magnaflow Direct Fit Catalytic Convertor
PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:05 pm 
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I'm not even dreaming of headers yet. I was hoping to get something to replace the stock cat. For those that did replace it, was it worth it, as far as power? Does it wake up the exhaust more? Right now it's looking like the best bet is just gonna be to get universal magnaflow cat... Or spend my money else where.

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 Post subject: Re: Magnaflow Direct Fit Catalytic Convertor
PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:19 pm 
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It did for me - see my weblinky for the DynoMax stuff I used. Way better! I did the muffler first than a few months later the CAT so I can feel the difference from each. I used a larger CAT meant for a 7.4L V8 :) instant hi-flow.

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 Post subject: Re: Magnaflow Direct Fit Catalytic Convertor
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:43 pm 
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Can't tell you if the Magnaflow direct fit cat will work on your AWD but I have it on my RWD and it does give it quite a bit more power and made my Flowmaster muffler sound more mellow and throaty. It really sounds like a V8, I had the Flowmaster muffler on for about 2 years before I put the cat on so I could easily tell the performance differences.


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