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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Mishimoto Mazda Miata Baffled Oil Catch Can Install on 2018 MX-5

For Father’s Day I didn’t get a fancy lunch. Instead, I got my Baffled Oil Catch Can to install on my MX-5.

Install

The above video is the install. I chickened out and did not remove my intake manifold. You can see the pain and hear my frustration in my voice as I struggle to put on the tube. They got in and the rest of the install worked out ok. The post install is where things had to be checked up on again. I guess for any modification you want to check up on it after a few miles.

I followed the installation directions. A few things didn’t look right after a few miles on the road. To sum them up:

  1. I have 235 tires. 235 tires in the ND wheel well fit exactly and do not leave room for anything else in there. So my discharge tube was knocked loose. I had to mount it behind my brake lines.
  2. I started getting leaks. Not a major leak but I was able to see oil all over the discharge tube. To fix it, I put on the clamps. The video says clamps are not necessary and the original tube does not have clamps. So we’ll see if it starts to leak again. The other thought is that the tubes could not handle the pressure since I have a better intake.

Over all, I’m happy with this catch can. I did check the filter to see what was going on. There wasn’t much after 1000 miles. I’ll check up again in 3000 miles.

What Is a Catch Can?

Per wikipedia, an oil catch tank (oil catch can) is a device that is fitted into the cam/crank case ventilation system on a car. Installing an oil catch tank (can) aims to reduce the amount of oil vapors re-circulated into the intake of the engine.

Now why do this? My American muscle car guys just dump theirs into the turbo to burn it off. Since I’m trying to stay clean, this seemed like the best route to take to protect the engine.

The Good Stuff

  1. I’m protecting the engine.
  2. The engine bay looks great! Mishimoto provided a great looking can and the brackets to mount it easily.
  3. The drain…haven’t had to use it yet but it looks really cool.

I forgot to mention early on that I’m sponsored by Mishimoto and I’m so happy to be part of the Mishimoto family.

#Mishimoto #cooledbymishimoto #TeamMishi

Edel Alonhttp://edelalon.com
Edel-Ryan Alon is a starving musician, failed artist, connoisseur of fine foods, aspiring entrepreneur, husband, father of two, geek by day, cook by night, and an all around great guy.

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