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Ricardo has already mentioned that the Fusion is on the list of 2.3s and possibly 3.0s to adopt for the header(s) in statement.

As far as high flow cat. Nope. Not legal to swap a cat in most states before a ton of miles are on the car.
 

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[quote author=Crystallas link=topic=93159.msg1824408#msg1824408 date=1193898536]

As far as high flow cat. Nope. Not legal to swap a cat in most states before a ton of miles are on the car.
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Not true... you can swap a cat to an aftermarket cat that meets or exceeds OEM standards, and if required, will still pass a visual and measured smog test. Cats can fail for any number of reasons, and a Ford original cat is not required as its replacement.
 

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[quote author=swooshUSN link=topic=93159.msg1825446#msg1825446 date=1193947113]
Not true... you can swap a cat to an aftermarket cat that meets or exceeds OEM standards, and if required, will still pass a visual and measured smog test. Cats can fail for any number of reasons, and a Ford original cat is not required as its replacement.
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I believe federal law states that a catalytic converter cannot be replaced or altered, etc. until 80k miles or in the state of clogging/disrepair. So legally you cannot run out and replace the catalytic converter the day you buy the car.

Again, that's federal law which is rarely enforced.


From the link provided above:

Please note that Federal law prohibits removal or replacement of a properly functioning O.E. converter.
Rules for Replacing Converters
In 1986, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued new guidelines for the construction, efficiency and installation of aftermarket catalytic converters. All CleanAir converters listed in this catalog have been designed, tested and manufactured to meet this policy.

In addition, CleanAir converter listed in this catalog is appropriate for use under the current requirements of the California Air Resources Board (C.A.R.B.).
E.P.A. guidelines state that replacement converters may be installed only in the following situations:

1. The vehicle is missing a converter
2. A state or local inspection program has determined that the existing converter needs replacement
3. Vehicles manufactured prior to 1996 must have more than 50,000 miles, and a legitimate need for replacement must be established and documented
4. In cases of OBD Il-equipped vehicles (1996 and later), the O.E. manufacturer's 8-year/80,000-mile warranty must have expired and a legitimate need for replacement must be established and documented.
Please note that Federal law prohibits removal or replacement of a properly functioning O.E. converter.

When replacement of the converter is appropriate (as outlined above), the E.P.A. further requires that:

1. It be installed in the same location as the original
2. It be the same type as the original (i.e., two-way, three-way, three-way plus air/three-way plus oxidation)
3. It be the proper model for the vehicle application as determined and specified by the manufacturer
4. It be properly connected to any existing air injection components on the vehicle
5. It be installed with any other required converter for a particular application
6. It be accompanied by a warranty information card to be completed by the installer.
 

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I live in florida there is no smog law. Even if there was i would still do it if it would bolt on. the question is not if its legal or not but if it would fit.
 

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[quote author=Crystallas link=topic=93159.msg1825576#msg1825576 date=1193950171]
http://www.catalyticconverter.org/law/index.htm

Im not sure about everywhere, but I do know that you need proof that it is failing before you replace the original.
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People steal cats. How can they prove yours wasn't stolen and you simply replaced it? They can't.
 

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I was rejected on an emissions test for having a high flow cat on my 99 Escort. It looked like a stock piece, but I tried twice, and failed twice. I had to get an statement from a shop that stated the original cat went bad.
IMO, if you replace it, that is the worst case scenario. A little shoddy, but cats don't really save the environment to begin with.
 
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