PART NUMBER: 61-1222
This is our famous midpipe but using 448005 CARB certified catalytic converter, EO# D193-113, legal for use in California for the 2001 to 2005 Miata (NOT Mazdaspeed version!). Does NOT fit Mazdaspeed versions!
The factory converter for the 1999 to 2005 Miata is a welded in part of the midpipe (California 99-00 Miatas also have second converter in the header assembly). Complete your highflow exhaust system with this midpipe. All stainless steel parts means years of quality performance and all the stainless parts have a lifetime warranty (300-cell ceramic catalytic converter used on all units sold in 2012 or later includes a 5 yr/50,000 mile manufacturing defect warranty on its housing and 25,000 mile manufacturing defect warranty on the internals). CARB approved and legal in California.
Not for use with Racing Beat's lower rear chassis brace.
INSTALLATION: See Forum Installation Section! The slip joint in the middle of this item is your friend, lube it up and adjust length and clocking position as needed (if you ignored this note and shoved both parts fully together you made it all too short and that will cause contact with the differential which you can cure with just adding some length at the slip joint).
INSTALL NOTES and CAUTION! Is your Ignition Coil weak or failing? The most common reason people buy this midpipe is that their Miata midpipe converter has failed after 50,000 or more miles. The owners too often assume the failure is simple old age, when in fact something else is failing. Failing items such as coils, fuel pressure regulators, spark plugs, valves, plug and ignition wires, and improper ECU calibrations, can cause the engine to misfire and dump raw fuel into the catalytic converter, which will cause over heating and a meltdown in the converter, and is not a manufacturing defect in the converter. If you simply replace the midpipe and don't fix the failing car then you can expect to quickly kill any replacement converter and that replacement will NOT be a warranty replacement. Therefore, please have your car professionally inspected and repaired BEFORE you install your new midpipe.
The excess fuel dumped into my stock CC (145k miles) thanks to my failing coil pack and plug wires (now replaced) rendered me unable to pass smog in California. I bought this system because it looked to be well made and it was CARB compliant with a matching number. I was not disappointed. The system comes well packaged and looks great on the car. The included mid-pipe means that it will bolt right in with no modifications or welding for those with a stock or bolt on aftermarket exhaust. However, those with a welded in cat-back system such as Magnaflow will have to weld this system in and will not be able to use the provided mid-pipe.
Initial impressions on start up was that the tone was slightly different, but no quieter than before which I found a bit surprising considering that this system has a built in resonator. My guess is that the smaller Catalytic Converter and larger diameter tubing cancels it out.