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LAP3 Primary HFC DPs Review + Custom HFC Secondaries

ZyroXZ2

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Whew, I haven't written one of these in a while! But as you all know, I had a major setback and this is my second Stinger. Having said that, I've mostly caught up with the basic bolt-ons with one major difference: I've installed LAP3 Primary DPs with HFCs on this one! It's been about 300 miles since, so let's get right into it.

OVERVIEW:

Installing them on your own is entirely possible, but there's not a lot of space to work with. You have to have a sizeable combination of u-joints and socket wrenchs/socket breaker bars, extensions, and patience. From the top, you'll only get the top two bolts: the other two have to be done from the bottom using extensions. You'll want to clear yourself as much space as possible up top to make your life easier. I removed the ECU and bracket and it opens up so much more space for the driver's side. The O2 sensors require the long O2 sensor socket, but be sure to have one with a wide enough opening! The one I had was too narrow of a slit, so I had to borrow one from my exhaust guy that had a much wider slit, and it all went much smoother.




Once you have space you can remove the top two bolts of the heat shield, but leave the bottom one loosened which allows you to spin the heatshield around to give yourself more space. Once you can clearly see the nuts on the studs, STOP. Grab PB Blaster or your favorite nut busting (har har), penetrating lubricant and spray the absolute s**t out of the nuts. Let it drip down the sides to get to the bottom ones. I partially stripped a thread because I didn't let enough PB drip down that side and I was lucky to get it thread tapped just enough to hold!

Now you can just start removing your secondaries while that lubricant soaks around, and the rest from here is actually pretty basic for just about any garage mechanic. Remove bottom O2 sensors, undo nuts, remove DP and take a pic for comparison's sake!



FITMENT:

Fast forward to reversing everything and putting the new one's on is relatively simple if you've gotten this far: the LAP3s are lighter and smaller which means installing them is a heck of a lot easier than factory ones. Bolt that sucker up and you're good to go!... Except there is one QC issue: the weld gets too close to one of the bolt holes and the nut cannot properly clear it for a flat hold on the bracket.



And then you get to putting your secondaries on, and you realize that the LAP3s also don't have a place to mount the support bracket! This is unacceptable to me because that means the entire exhaust assembly is now pulling on your turbo during acceleration, and when you're making more power than stock, it's pulling that much harder. So I went to my exhaust guy, and had him do this:




Ah, much more peace of mind! I refused to get on the gas until I had those brackets in place because I already have one stud holding on by 2.5 threads and another nut that doesn't sit flush. I'm weird like that.

SOUND/PERFORMANCE:

The first thing that you'll notice is that you can hear your turbos much more. At low throttle positions, it sounds a bit like a turbo on a diesel, and then as you climb past 1500RPMs, you start to hear the whooshing from the intake. The engine itself sounds louder, and the exhaust has more growl to it, but the power increase is nominal. It feels like a wider power band is all, rather than a real increase in overall power. That is until I switched my LAP3 Pro V2 from stock to Mode 2, but more on that in a separate review of the V2 chip coming up!

Last but not least: you see all that heat shielding on the factory DPs? That's there for a reason. With these, I find my underhood to be significantly hotter. If you can afford to ceramic coat the primaries before installation, I would recommend it. When driving and then popping the hood, there's no difference since there's airflow, but sitting around in slow traffic or low motion meant not only could I literally see the distortion of heat waves from my hood and the gap around it, but my fender was warm to the touch! The heat blast from opening the hood was quite a shocker, too. Not that the factory DPs can't eventually saturate to the same temps, but there's definitely an increase in heat underhood from the LAP3 DPs' lack of heat shielding. Keep this in mind: your underhood temps in low mobility driving are going to go up, and heat shielding your intake is really the most cost-effective way to combat the effect this has.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!

I was going to go with ARK secondaries, but the backorder took too long and I gave up and cancelled it. To that end, it actually worked out in my favor: I talked to the same guy that custom made my first Stinger's set and asked if the same cats from the LAP3 primaries could also be fitted onto secondaries and clear everything. He said, "why not?" as he looked at the secondaries, so I went ahead and ordered all the bends and two more of the same HFCs that are on the LAP3 primaries.

Et voila!





I am now one of the likely very small few with both primary and secondaries with cats. I did tell him I wished he had more of a chicane on the S bend rather than two 90s, but considering how much reduction in flow restriction I've accomplished, it's likely negligible if not a non-existent restriction compared to how open everything else is, now.

The total cell count is 400 cell per side as opposed to the ~800 cell per side from the factory, but I think it's worth having that safety ceiling in flow to reduce wear on my turbos. Despite a wastegate and computerized things, something about the lack of backpressure is surely causing premature wear and oil to spray out of the turbos. It really shouldn't, all things considered, as long as we're within the operational parameters of the turbos even if we're dangerously on the high end, but... I do want my turbos to last beyond 30k. :p It really could just be "too much boost", though...

With the secondaries in place, my exhaust at mid throttle is ridiculously loud, but at full throttle, sounds borderline V6 supercar-ish in a tunnel. If you want quiet cruising but some good WOT sound, then a catted turbo-back seems to be the way to go. Keep in mind that the Magnaflow exhaust is straight-through perforated core mufflers, not chambered. This is as much flow as possible while being catted: the only thing that would flow more is just straight pipes everywhere.

I can't say I'm disappointed with my full turbo-back setup, not in the least. :cool: :sneaky:

EDIT: Added more info that I forgot about (it's been 300 miles since I installed them!) and typos.
 
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Tonkabob

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Keep us posted on if / when they start smoking. At least 1 person with 400 cel primary no secondary had smoke and put the stock primary back on.
Great write up.
 

ZyroXZ2

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Keep us posted on if / when they start smoking. At least 1 person with 400 cel primary no secondary had smoke and put the stock primary back on.
Great write up.
Smoke coming out the back of the exhaust? What color was the smoke? And smell of the smoke, if he came to a halt close enough after he was blowing some out...?
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Smoke coming out the back of the exhaust? What color was the smoke? And smell of the smoke, if he came to a halt close enough after he was blowing some out...?
My guess would be blue/oil smoke from the turbos starting to spit oil.

So if you start over boosting I would take those bad boys off and put the stock back on. I know this is a problem with catless, but I am interested to learn how your experience with the 400 cell goes
 

Tonkabob

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Smoke coming out the back of the exhaust? What color was the smoke? And smell of the smoke, if he came to a halt close enough after he was blowing some out...?
Oil burn from the turbos. 400 Cel not enough back pressure for the seal. But it seems hit and miss. Not many issues on HFC yet, but doubt you make it 30K.
 

Toddasaurus

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Thanks for the writeup!! I really appreciate you taking the time to make this post. You did exactly what I was originally planning to do, that is, custom fab HFC's on my secondaries, Lap3 HFC primaries, and a Magnaflow cat-back exhaust. I'd be interested to hear how it sounds! Maybe you could post a video if you have some spare time.

Anyway, speaking of the turbos leaking, there doesn't seem to be any conclusive info on it. I didn't get any useful results from my poll I made a while ago. 1 person said they did smoke, and he subsequently uninstalled his primaries. 1 said his didn't smoke from primaries. 1 person said he wasn't sure. Lol.

I'm hopeful that the double HFCs on each side will prevent smoke from the turbos. Definitely keep us updated. I have a feeling that you'll be golden.
 

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Great write-up, hopefully having 4 cats avoids smoking.

What's the part number on those HFCs?
 

Tonkabob

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I know 4 that smoke, 2 put the stock primaries back on, one getting new turbos.
One was hfc, two catless and one catless primary stock secondary.
 
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Thanks for the writeup!! I really appreciate you taking the time to make this post. You did exactly what I was originally planning to do, that is, custom fab HFC's on my secondaries, Lap3 HFC primaries, and a Magnaflow cat-back exhaust. I'd be interested to hear how it sounds! Maybe you could post a video if you have some spare time.

Anyway, speaking of the turbos leaking, there doesn't seem to be any conclusive info on it. I didn't get any useful results from my poll I made a while ago. 1 person said they did smoke, and he subsequently uninstalled his primaries. 1 said his didn't smoke from primaries. 1 person said he wasn't sure. Lol.

I'm hopeful that the double HFCs on each side will prevent smoke from the turbos. Definitely keep us updated. I have a feeling that you'll be golden.
I ran HFCs for almost a year with no issues. I went catless again had some issues through some 400 cell HFCs back on the other week and no more burning oil.
 

Toddasaurus

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Great write-up, hopefully having 4 cats avoids smoking.

What's the part number on those HFCs?

Lap3 uses Magnaflow metallic substrate high flow 2.5" cats. There are a few different versions of this cat, but the shortest, and the only one that fits in the factory locations is P/N: 59956. I had these welded in on my ARK secondary Downpipes, there is just enough room. 200 cell. About $100 a piece. A nice product.

I've since removed them and had my secondaries Tig welded back up to be catless, as I ended up keeping my stock primaries. If I were to do it again, I'd do exactly what @ZyroXZ2 did.
 

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Is the smoke at idle as well or only at WOT?
 

ZyroXZ2

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UPDATE!

I BLEW BOTH TURBOS APART AND THREW SHRAPNEL ALL IN MY ENGINE AND AM NOW CARLESS.


Just kidding :p But I do have to take it back to the guy since I get some rattle if I gently rev and let off, and it sounds like it's coming from one of the gaskets, but could just be that I've blown apart a cat already? Not sure what the rattling is, yet, though...

Thanks for the writeup!! I really appreciate you taking the time to make this post. You did exactly what I was originally planning to do, that is, custom fab HFC's on my secondaries, Lap3 HFC primaries, and a Magnaflow cat-back exhaust. I'd be interested to hear how it sounds! Maybe you could post a video if you have some spare time.

Anyway, speaking of the turbos leaking, there doesn't seem to be any conclusive info on it. I didn't get any useful results from my poll I made a while ago. 1 person said they did smoke, and he subsequently uninstalled his primaries. 1 said his didn't smoke from primaries. 1 person said he wasn't sure. Lol.

I'm hopeful that the double HFCs on each side will prevent smoke from the turbos. Definitely keep us updated. I have a feeling that you'll be golden.
I have yet to get my WMI (re)installed, and that will be what ends up telling me for sure if I'm going to be okay, lol

Great write-up, hopefully having 4 cats avoids smoking.

What's the part number on those HFCs?
See Toddasaurus' post below, that's the correct part number:

Lap3 uses Magnaflow metallic substrate high flow 2.5" cats. There are a few different versions of this cat, but the shortest, and the only one that fits in the factory locations is P/N: 59956. I had these welded in on my ARK secondary Downpipes, there is just enough room. 200 cell. About $100 a piece. A nice product.

I've since removed them and had my secondaries Tig welded back up to be catless, as I ended up keeping my stock primaries. If I were to do it again, I'd do exactly what @ZyroXZ2 did.
 

Toddasaurus

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Thanks for the update. Hopefully the cats are still intact. Would be really dumb if one or more of them disintegrated already. Interested to see what you find out.
 

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UPDATE:

SMOKE EVERYWHERE, CAN'T EVEN SEE OR SMELL ANYTHING ANYMORE! :eek:

Just kidding :D All's good so far, and I'm on E85 mix (bad E85, so like an E25 mix or something), and still no signs of smoke or any adverse affects.

We did have a look about the rattling and ended up finding two pinhole leaks. The most interesting one was at the X pipe of the Magnaflow: after sealing it, my exhaust is no longer louder than on my first Stinger! Go Magnaflow QC... The other pinhole was in his custom pipes. And none of that solved the rattling: turns out there were metal bits in the secondaries, but after spilling them out, they looked like him just having a bad day and having feed in the pipe that got literally blown off by the boost and vibration.

Sooo, in short, still sounds great (better in-car, now!), no smoke, rattling was just my exhaust guy getting sick and tired of doing my custom shit :rofl:
 

Toddasaurus

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Nice! Sounds like quad HFC is the way to go.

We now request a video to hear how it sounds.

Go on, make us proud.
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Toddasaurus

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Vid-e-o! Vid-e-o! Vid-e-o! *claps hands*
 

Toddasaurus

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@ZyroXZ2 - how's the Stinger running? Still going strong, smoke free?
 
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