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Hello.
I have a 2005 FXT with about 85K miles. No mods. Driven about 2K miles per year since my wife retired 5 years ago.
Still has the original turbo and catted up pipe.
I stumbled across the fact that it's catted and a lot of people change it for an un-catted one.
I'm trying to determine if it's worth it this late in the game. I don't plan on getting rid of the car. It's just getting broken in.
I guess my biggest concern would be rusted bolts.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks, Jim
 

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Location please. Are you in the rust belt? If not I would worry more about the uppipe cat media breaking down and machine gunning your turbo blades. I have that replacement {Grimmspeed} uppipe if youre looking.
 

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Thanks for the replies.
I'm going to replace it.

04eatmefxt Do you like the Grimmspeed? I was looking at that and an OEM from a STI on eBay.
It's getting harder to put too much money in a 17 year old car but it's in good shape with 85K miles.
 

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You don't want the big 2" up pipe! You want to stay about the same size as the STI pipe, 1 3/4 That's why i went with the Grimmspeed. Good quality, its yours if you want it. $120 shipped including one of the old gaskets.
 

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The ONLY benefit of an aftermarket uppipe vs an OEM catless is looks, unless you need it to fit aftermarket headers (for example Tomei uses a 3 bolt flange). Get whatever catless pipe you can find, or knock the cat out of your stock pipe if it's got a cat in it.
 

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The ONLY benefit of an aftermarket uppipe vs an OEM catless is looks, unless you need it to fit aftermarket headers (for example Tomei uses a 3 bolt flange). Get whatever catless pipe you can find, or knock the cat out of your stock pipe if it's got a cat in it.
The only reason i offered mine is cuz it's cheaper than anything currently listed on Ebay. if you're gonna knock the cat out of your old one, make sure you get it all.
 

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Thanks for the replies and info.
I wound up finding an OEM catless on eBay in great shape from CA so very little rust, no broken studs and no loose shields. I offered $90 free shipping and I received it yesterday.
I also have the 2.2K ohm resistor.
Rock Auto has FEL-PRO gaskets for a decent price. Will they work ok or should I go with OEM?
Thanks!
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