When the time comes to replace a factory catalytic converter, a quick phone call or trip to the dealership will result and sticker shock that will take days – even months – to get over. But now there’s an alternative from Flowmaster, the same company that has been bringing us that signature sound for decades. These new 50-state, direct-fit catalytic converters are a cost effective alternative to replacing the factory catalytic converter.
When it comes to getting CARB approval on a catalytic converter, the rules are strict: the converter needs to be in the same place, and all O2 or sensor bungs must be in the same location. California is one of the strictest states, and getting that nudge from 49-state to 50-state approval means big things for Flowmaster.
These direct fit catalytic converters mean no welding or cutting of the existing cat, it simply bolts into place where the stock converter is. The direct-fit cats are made from 409 stainless steel with mandrel bent tubes, and carry a 50,000 mile/5 year external warranty on the converter and pipe. The build is an OEM replacement, but the quality is all Flowmaster.
Also introduced at the SEMA show this year are complete cat-back exhaust systems for the 2015 Mustang and F150. These kits are tuned specifically for the Mustang and F150, with specially engineered mufflers to get the proper sound without a lot of interior resonance. The exhaust systems provide a choice of the particular sound that the vehicle owner chooses, from mild to wild.
The Pro Series will have the deeper bass; Force 2 will be chambered with a louder than stock sound; American Thunder will provide an aggressive chambered sound; and the Outlaw is as the name implies: you’ll wake the neighbors as it’s the loudest of the bunch.
You can expect to see these kits as early as December, as well as future applications for the EcoBoost around the first of the year. To keep tabs on Flowmaster and their upcoming products and releases, be sure to keep their website handy, where you’ll find all of their exhaust and performance products.