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So my donor is a 2000 CA emissions miata which by the way is “evolution orange” which may win the ugliest stock color ever!  Anyways, from my forum/google/GCR searches many in SM can and do replace the CA emissions manifold with a regular federal manifold, then relocate the primary o2 sensor.  Some may also replace the ECU and wiring harness but its isn’t absolutely necessary.   So my question is why replace with a federal manifold?  Is it a performance improvement?  Would I be loosing HP if I didnt replace it.  I’m assuming this is the case but I just wanted to confirm since I couldn’t find the “why”.  Also, would there be anything else different about a CA emission car that I should consider changing?  Thanks for any replies.  


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So my donor is a 2000 CA emissions miata which by the way is “evolution orange” which may win the ugliest stock color ever!  Anyways, from my forum/google/GCR searches many in SM can and do replace the CA emissions manifold with a regular federal manifold, then relocate the primary o2 sensor.  Some may also replace the ECU and wiring harness but its isn’t absolutely necessary.   So my question is why replace with a federal manifold?  Is it a performance improvement?  Would I be loosing HP if I didnt replace it.  I’m assuming this is the case but I just wanted to confirm since I couldn’t find the “why”.  Also, would there be anything else different about a CA emission car that I should consider changing?  Thanks for any replies.  

First of all, that is a hot shit color!  It's been nicknamed but I won't spoil it for you :)

 

The CA manifold has an extra cat built in and you don't want that.  IIRC the 49 state ECU made a bit more power on a dyno.  Others will have more to say on the rest. 


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So my donor is a 2000 CA emissions miata which by the way is “evolution orange” which may win the ugliest stock color ever!  Anyways, from my forum/google/GCR searches many in SM can and do replace the CA emissions manifold with a regular federal manifold, then relocate the primary o2 sensor.  Some may also replace the ECU and wiring harness but its isn’t absolutely necessary.   So my question is why replace with a federal manifold?  Is it a performance improvement?  Would I be loosing HP if I didnt replace it.  I’m assuming this is the case but I just wanted to confirm since I couldn’t find the “why”.  Also, would there be anything else different about a CA emission car that I should consider changing?  Thanks for any replies.  

As Tom said you have what is called a precat as part of the exhaust manifold. It is a 2 piece cast iron unit...lower half being the precat. You can gut the precat and run it this way. Or buy the 1 piece federal exhaust manifold. Both CA and Fed manifolds end at the same place for the downpipe so no need to change that. No harness change necessary but you can just plug and play a Federal ecu if you desire. I dont think it will change anything power wise!

 

I dont think I've ever seen that color in the wild! The picture on Miata.net says evolution gold...even though you click on evolution orange ;)  Similar to the GM color I always really liked on the Corvette!  I'll trade you the ever so popular green car :)


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First of all, that is a hot shit color!  It's been nicknamed but I won't spoil it for you :)

Do I know someone who had one this color?


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Sadly this one was never finished.

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Well... maybe I won’t paint it after all, the orange turd is growing on me.   :P

Thanks for the input guys, also to Rick Worth.  Its appreciated.  


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Ron, are you sure about the downpipe? When I built my car, it was a CA car. When I switched the manifold, I also had to get the downpipe. Thinking back I think the length was different. Not sure. It may have been the fed pipe had the 02 bung in it where the CA pipe was different because it had the sensor in the first cat. Been a while. 



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Sadly this one was never finished.

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Steve, what happened to it?


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Steve will I'm sure show other personal pictures. Here's the basics of the destroyed car and race vehicles.

 

https://www.motoriou...cked-with-cars/


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Steve will I'm sure show other personal pictures. Here's the basics of the destroyed car and race vehicles.

 

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A reminder of a tragic day indeed... :rant:



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Ron, are you sure about the downpipe? When I built my car, it was a CA car. When I switched the manifold, I also had to get the downpipe. Thinking back I think the length was different. Not sure. It may have been the fed pipe had the 02 bung in it where the CA pipe was different because it had the sensor in the first cat. Been a while. 

Funny...I usually remember when things are different! I know I've had a bunch of downpipes laying on the pile...one was marked federal...and it looked the same as the others? I have bought 3 or 4 federal headers over the years and I dont remember needing a different downpipe(most of my donors have been CA cars)? Bottom line...I could very well be wrong :) I do believe they both have just one bung for O2.


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