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1.9l header installation (pacesetter)

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by Ford_guy_88, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. Ford_guy_88

    Ford_guy_88 Guest

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    Hey guys.

    i'm thinking about installing a pace setter header for my 1.9l escort lx. its a 94'. in the auction on ebay it says the cat converter needs to be replaced.

    I live in a part of wisconsin that doesn't test for emissions, so i never have to go in to get mine checked out. hence i wouldnt really need a cat to control my emissions since they're never checked.

    my question is, espescially for those of you with a 1.9 and have installed a header on these is.: can i just put in the header and hook it up right to the exhaust? it has the flanges and everything to bolt right in. i think the cat has to be put right in along somewhere right in the exhaust line. it says the header comes with holes and what not for the o2 sensors, so really i don't think i need the cat.

    but for those of you who have installed the header on this engine (the 1.9 sohc) did you do leave the cat off , or did you relocate your cat?

    let me know what could work

    Derek
  2. TexasTracer

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    To be legal your supposed to relocate the cat, preffereably after the header in the exhaust system. The header should bolt up to your factory exhaust.
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    texas,

    point is, is that I don't need my cat, I'm in an untested emissions territory of wisconsin.

    thanks though
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    not really sure...I think it should mate up. I replaced the stock exhaust with the pacesetter setup, which if I remember correctly, replaced everything from the flex pipe back, and when I put the header in, it mated to the exhaust. It's been about 6 years or so since those days, so the details are a little fuzzy
    chris
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    the car, unless its OBDII, wont give a flyin' F if theres a cat or not.

    i installed the 1st gen HO header on my 91 pony, a little exhaust flange modding and it was cake. and it did wonders for the engine too, lots more power and a much better sound.
  6. Ford_guy_88

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    lol nice reply express.

    yeah it's OBD I since its pre 96'. I'm in an auto 3 class at my high school (5 in ground liffts) so this should be a breeze.

    anyone have any idea's how to get that heat shield off teh manifold if the bolts are rusty and heat damaged? (basically, it's gonna be a hell of a time getting them off)

    Derek
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    Lots of liquid wrench.
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    who called for a wench?
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    Kind of careless of you if you ask me. Regardless of whether or not your area tests emissions, you should still consider the fact that without that cat you're just as much to blame for global warming as anyone else. If you care for your car, do it 100%, an aftermarket cat only costs about 90 bucks... quit being cheap and careless. Hell, watch the movie "An Inconvenient Truth", maybe then you'll want that cat on there.
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    hey ford guy i have a second gen lx also. i just took off the ex. manifold and cat. converter and installed the pacesetter header. It matched right up to the ex. pipe. the only thing i had to change was some of the ex. manifold studs were to long so i had to replace them with shorter ones.
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    last summer i got the pacesetter installed. i had to replace ALL of my exhaust anyway because it was the original from 1995. the way they design those things are to mate with the stock setup anyway. but where i live in ohio, i have emissions testing, so i had to keep the cat. so i replaced the cat with a magnaflow catalytic converter, the muffler with a flowmaster, and upped the piping diameter to 2 1/4". sounds loud, and got a few more horses out of it.

    either way, if i were you, i'd keep/replace the cat regardless. you can always get an aftermarket for $50.
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    Get the new CAT, the various Sulfur and Nitrogen Oxide gases being released because of the lack of a CAT is unforgiveable... They don't just cause global warming, these are toxic gases that are responsible for acid rain and what not. It's kind of irresponsible... If everyone who changed their exhaust at some point in the lifetime of the car took the CATS off the cities would be even more dirty then they already are.
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    alright

    i'll look into a cat. header goes on next week sometime. let ya know how it goes.

    Derek
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    You might need some shorter header bolts ( the ones that attach to the head) to replace the stock ones. I think that 4 of mine were to long.

    8mm thread if I remember right. get some about 2 1/2" long. I am trying to remember. It was a couple of years ago I did this.
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    No room for the CAT

    I did the same Pacesetter setup on my '94 1.9 Lx. Several opinions confirmed that the exhaust would eliminate the cat. If I placed the cat further back,(which is the way it's designed) then the sensors/ connectors wouldn't reach :cry: SO if anyone can send diagrams depicting how it's done, please do. Thanks guys
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    I just left the cat out, but I assume that you could just slice any wires. My 91 did not have any to worry about.

    My O2 sensor fit into the header.

    You might also need to get an pipe plug (1/2" NPT if think) because there are two bungs one on the header and one on the down pipe.
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    It would be easier to use an O2 sim.
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    there's a hole for the o2 sensor and the egr hookup. so it will fit perfectly. the only thing i am worried about is if the header bolts are gonna fit well.

    Derek
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    I had the header and full pacesetter exhaust, w/o the cat. It bolted to the head perfectly...sounded like total SHIT, but bolted up fine. I suggest keeping some sort of high flow cat, not for the global warming reasons (cuz my old cars emmissions pale compared to the emmisions created in its manufacturing let alone living my normal daily life) but more or less solely for mellowing out the sound. I strongly suggest it.....with the long tube and no cat it is super raspy...so much it does not sound remotely good, and the cat should dumb it down to a more tuned tone
    chris
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    I'm having trouble with one of the bolts on the bottom. it doesnt seem to fit in perfectly because a pipe from the header is blocking the entrance for the bolt to go into. i'm not sure what to do so i may just leave it out. otherwise its going in fine right now, i'm leaving the cat off, seeing how it sounds, and if its really bad, ill put one on. i have a resonator and muffler on there so i'm skeptical on if it may sound decent. i know the pacesetter set up is raspy, thats why i didnt get it, all ive got is a magnaflow muffler and stock piping with this pacesetter on it.


    if anyone else has had trouble with that one bolt going in, please help me out on an idea to get it in, if that's even possible.

    Derek

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