Nuke - what are you talking about - the converter or cleaning the pipes after the cat? I noticed that my catback has a build-up of carbon and am going to clean it out in the spring. In some cases, the buildup is about a 16th of an inch. do the math and that translates to appx a 2.7% loss in exhaust flow due to obstruction. Compare that to horepower and it´s about a 3.8 hp loss, not a direct comparison, but I think you get the idea.