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I RECENTLY INSTALLED A CUSTOM HIGH FLOW INTAKE AND AM AWAITING THE ARRIVAL OF A MAGNAFLOW CAT. I AM LOOKING FOR INFO ON ANY CAT BACK SYSYTEMS THAT MIGHT BE AVAILABLE FOR THE `96 LX 1.9L BESIDES THE PACESETTER SYSTEM.IT LOOKS AS THOUGH FROM THE PHOTOS I`VE SEEN THAT THE CORKSPORT PROTEGE SYSTEM MAY FIT MY CAR BUT IT SAYS ON THE WEBSITE THAT IT FITS THE 1.8 GT AND I UNDERSTAND THEY ARE NOT INTERCHANGEABLE.AS SOMEONE ELSE SAID ,I WAS THINKING OF MAYBE HAVING A LOCAL SHOP BEND A SYSTEM UP FOR ME BUT RIGHT NOW I`M JUST WEIGHING MY OPTIONS AND DOING THE PRICING AND RESEARCH.AT THE MOMENT I`M PROBABLY JUST GONNA INSTALL A SUPER TURBO UNIVERSAL AND JUST FABRICATE THE HANGERS TO SAVE CASH BUT I WAS WONDERING IF ANYONE COULD TELL ME WHAT THE PROPER INLET DIAMETER WOULD BE FOR A UNIVERSAL MUFFLER ON THE 1.9L? OR WHETHER OR NOT THE 2.0L EXHAUST FROM ANY 3RD GENS WOULD FIT MY `96.
 

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1. only aftermarket exhaust option for the 1.9L is Pacesetter.
2. SPI exhaust will not fit without modification.
3. stock exhaust piping on the 2nd gen is 1.75" if I remember correctly. It's been a long time since I have dealt with a stock exhaust on my Escorts.
 

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THANKS.THAT`S WHAT I THOUGHT BUT I WAS MEASURING TAILPIPE DIAMETER AND WASN`T SURE IF THE PIPE BEFORE THE MUFFLER WAS THE SAME.ANY RECOMENDATIONS ON A UNIVERSAL MUFFLER?
SORRY ABOUT THE CAPS LOCK MAN,BUT I CAN`T READ THE SMALL PRINT VERY WELL ANYMORE. MY TYPING IS BAD ENOUGH NOW IMAGINE IF I COULDN`T READ MY OWN TEXT BEFORE I SENT IT? YIKES!
 

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I, personally, have a hard time reading text in all caps vs properly punctuated sentences. The little voice in my head raises its voice when reading stuff like that.

Also, since you say you have a hard time reading small print, have you tried the nifty keyboard shortcut known as Ctrl++ ? It increases the size of the webpages font without annoying others.
 

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Yeah,thanks for the nifty tip regarding the font size.Not everyone is proficient with computers and related mechanics.I`m just trying to give my li` `scort some extra power and am having some difficulty getting any definitve answers to some of my questions.this is by far the best website i`ve found so far,but i`m getting more schooling on my computer skils (or lack of) than auto tech.
 

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just adding a muffler will not increase power. If you really want to add power, you need to make it breathe easier coming in and going out. Intake, header, and 2.25" exhaust. I wouldn't suggest going any larger with the exhaust piping unless you are going turbo.

There are 2 options for headers, Pacesetter and OBX. I have had them both, and liked them both. The only thing to know is that an aftermarket cat will need to be installed behind the header if you want to stay legal.
 

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dave,thanks for the info.i saw a photo on ebay of the obx header and am inclined to go with that over the pacesetter but ,i couldn`t tell from the photos whether an o2 port is provided.what,if any,cat. did you run with your obx? did you find a cat. that bolted between the header and the flange before the resonator or did you have to fabricate something ,did it have a downstream o2 port?mass.is of course quite strict regarding obd2 codes appearing at inspection so i have to stay emissions legal with mods affecting the ecm.thanks again for the info.
 

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Both Pacesetter and OBX only have 1 O2 sensor port. It is located near the exit flange on the header. My blue car is a 94, so I only have 1 O2 sensor, where as you have 2. I do not currently have a cat on my car, but I am planning to add one at some point. I will probably just have mine welded in line on the down pipe.
 

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Thanks again dave.I just emailed obx to inquire if a stockk size cat. would bolt up to their header in place of the down tube they supply, but I`m guessing that if that were the case you wouldn`t have just mentioned having a cat. welded inline w/ the down tube?you have an obx,do you think a stock cat. would bolt up to it?it would certainly be a heck of a lot easier than not and would allow me to retain my down stream o2 sensor and save you the hassle of having one welded up.what do you think?by the way where did you get your obx header,if you don`t mind my asking?
 

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I highly doubt a stock cat and down pipe will fit. Here is a pic of my OBX header the day it arrived:



here is a pic of a stock 1.9L exhaust mani:



to make it legal, you will have to modify it.

I bought it off ebay about a year ago. As always, eBay has the best prices on this part.
 

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If you are doing a complete exhaust setup like I did I recommend 2.25" On my setup I left the stock manifold (headers later $$$), Magnaflow high flow Cat, new 2.25" SS flex pipe and Resonator and a Magnaflow SS Muffler and Tip. The sound is awesome and the take off are better.
Gas millage has increased by 10%, it does have a Custom CAI.

If you would ask me if I recommend this setting, YES i do. But as anything on a car there is always room for improvement.

Make sure the custom piping is mandrel bent. It gives even better flow.
 

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size of the pipes matter on a n/a car, personally i have stock mani with 2.5'' down pipe, no cat :p with a resinator to a cherry bomb vortex muffler, and crome tip. yeah it pops on decel but my plugs are almost hammered with oil. reason i went with the cherry bomb was to hide it and the tip sticks out barely enough to see
 

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to large of exhaust on an NA car and you get turbulence. Turbulence increases backpressure and you lose the scavaging effect. Bigger is not better. All you need on an unmodded 1.9 is 2 inch.

2.25 is almost to big for NA escorts

2.5 is WAY to big for any NA engine in an escort


hey, as long as we are on the subject, exactly where does the pacesetter header go to. I am bending up exhaust next week probably and I dont want to have to cut up to much when I install a header in the spring. Therefore I want my cat and flex pipe to be on my exhaust in about the same spot they will end up when I put the header on.
 

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way back in the EscortRacing days, someone dyno tested exhaust sizes, and posted up the results. The 2.25" exhaust was the optimal size for the N/A 1.9L. This is probably why Pacesetter made the header and exhaust 2.25"

The exit flange on the header matches up where the exit flange would be on the stock down pipe.
 

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ok,so what i`m thinking would be the best approach for the time being, would be to install the obx header with an eastern high flow cat.(which has both o2 ports and stock fit)behind that, omitting the down tube obx supplies, and have the stock pipe after the cat. cut shorter to make room for the difference in length,and have the stock exhaust-to-cat. flange welded back in place, that would require the least amount of fabricating and guess work. once i have enough $$$ i can have a 2.25" system bent up behind the new stuff.i am debating on whether or not to keep a resonator in the system or to omit it,and what a good choice would be if i went with one,maybe a cherry bomb type .it doesn`t seem that the flex pipe is a necessary piece either,so that`s probably out too. i`m not a big fan of the fart in a can either, so not sure what i`ll opt for in the way of a muffler.i`ve run the walker dynomax on a number of my vehicles(although they were v8`s)so i`m curious how one would work on my `scort...might sound pretty good if everything else is in line.by the way, this setup is for my `96 lx 1.9l, for anyone who didn`t see my original post on this.
any thoughts or feedback on this post would be very much appreciated. thanks again to all of you who replied earlier!
 

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+1 on the flex. That pretty, new, header is going to get a nice big crack in it if you have no flex. Why would you not use the OBX downpipe? There isn't enough room to put a cat directly after the header so it will need to be after the down pipe.
 
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