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Old 05-21-2014, 07:57 PM   #1
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Catch Can Pro's & Con's? Worth it?

Hey guy I have a newer SS L99 only about 30k miles and I have been reading a lot about Catch Cans. They almost seem like a necessity to help maintain a healthy manifold and intake?

Would like some feedback I'm still a rookie, thanks guys!
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:00 PM   #2
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there really is no con to a catch can. lol
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Hey guy I have a newer SS L99 only about 30k miles and I have been reading a lot about Catch Cans. They almost seem like a necessity to help maintain a healthy manifold and intake?

Would like some feedback I'm still a rookie, thanks guys!
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there really is no con to a catch can. lol
This. It helps keep your engine healthy. If you plan on keeping you car long term it is a no brainer.
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When I saw what people were collecting from the catch can, made me a believer ! Easy to install also! My car is a DD, I want to protect it!
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If you love your baby & want to keep her healthy...........Just get the catch can ASAP & get a good one.
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I do want it long term and she is my daily driver (well only when I'm not on the Harle) so I need to get one ASAP! I'm at 30k miles right now and never knew this.

Any recommendations on a good quality catch can?
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:14 PM   #7
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I do want it long term and she is my daily driver (well only when I'm not on the Harle) so I need to get one ASAP! I'm at 30k miles right now and never knew this.

Any recommendations on a good quality catch can?
Only one answer to that, the Apex Motorsports catch can.

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there really is no con to a catch can. lol
Well, if you have a catch can it makes using Seafoam less fun because there'll be less smoke. That's kind of a con.
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Do it! Mine is the RX can. Got it from Apex Chase. Love it.
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I was on the fence about getting a catch can for my somewhat daily driven LFX.

I bit the bullet and went with an Apex Catch Can. Though it was a bit more expensive than others, I went with Apex because of Apex Chase's active participation and sponsorship of this forum.

I installed it about 2 weeks ago; here is the install Apex Catch Can...

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And after about 200 "spirited but not overly aggressive" miles, if the can hadn't caught it, where would it have gone?

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This. It helps keep your engine healthy. If you plan on keeping you car long term it is a no brainer.
Check out Apex. Good product at a good cost. Worth it and looks good too.
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Hey guy I have a newer SS L99 only about 30k miles and I have been reading a lot about Catch Cans. They almost seem like a necessity to help maintain a healthy manifold and intake?

Would like some feedback I'm still a rookie, thanks guys!
Here are my results.

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Hey new age muscle!! Thanks for the Video man! Wow that's crazy that quite a bit! Sold I'm going to hit up some one tomorrow and order it!! Thanks again man... Now decisions decisions lol on the fence between Apex Catch Can or Elite Catch Can. Hmmmmm
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Hey new age muscle!! Thanks for the Video man! Wow that's crazy that quite a bit! Sold I'm going to hit up some one tomorrow and order it!! Thanks again man... Now decisions decisions lol on the fence between Apex Catch Can or Elite Catch Can. Hmmmmm
Both will work great. Flip a coin. You can also look at the pics of installed cans and see which can/mount you like better.

Depending on how often you want to empty the can, decide if you want the standard or large can.

Next if you want to clean out the oil that already got into your intake, consider an upper induction cleaning.

Luckily you don't have a direct injection engine so you probably don't need to manually clean the valves at this point.

Finally if you want to really keep it clean, consider a clean side oil separator. GM makes one (part of 1LE kit) or Elite makes one.
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Hey new age muscle!! Thanks for the Video man! Wow that's crazy that quite a bit! Sold I'm going to hit up some one tomorrow and order it!! Thanks again man... Now decisions decisions lol on the fence between Apex Catch Can or Elite Catch Can. Hmmmmm
The Elite can is awesome quality. I was very impressed. At the time I bought mine Apex was not selling theirs yet. They seem like they have a very nice product too. If I were to do it all over, I would probably be on the fense too. I don't think you will go wrong with either one. Good luck.
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I consider myself fairly knowledgable about cars but I havent heard of this. I get the idea as the name is self explanatory, but why is a catch can needed for these cars? What is it catching? Oil?
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Is there any specific recommendation for the LFX?
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catch can is a great idea and there are several brands out there that you can research like the moroso or elite etfc
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I consider myself fairly knowledgable about cars but I havent heard of this. I get the idea as the name is self explanatory, but why is a catch can needed for these cars? What is it catching? Oil?
Blow by oil past the piston rings. The PCV is there to combat this, but some gets through and winds up in your manifold. This is magnified with hard driving. Also the design of certain engines may warrant the need for one more or less. Will they help? yeah, but, are they needed under normal driving conditions? No they are over hyped.
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The catch can issues don't seem to get mentioned - didn't someone post about one freezing solid in Michigan? Do we have an objective list of issues? Or an understanding of why GM doesn't use them? Don't want to be a buzz kill but it'd be nice to see an objective discussion.

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The catch can issues don't seem to get mentioned - didn't someone post about one freezing solid in Michigan? Do we have an objective list of issues? Or an understanding of why GM doesn't use them? Don't want to be a buzz kill but it'd be nice to see an objective discussion.
Freezing is only an potential issue if the unit has a severe bolt neck or small mechanism at some point that is small enough that it could freeze over or closed. If you open up a 1LE clean side separator it has two or three spots where that could easily happen. Check valves can freeze up as well. That was a consideration when we designed our can and we have not seen it ever occur despite the harsh winter we had this year.

If I am thinking of the same thread you are referencing it was a Camaro5 member posting about what happened to a friend of his. As the thread went on it came out that the friend had a Scion FRS with a cheap off brand catch can.
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I consider myself fairly knowledgable about cars but I havent heard of this. I get the idea as the name is self explanatory, but why is a catch can needed for these cars? What is it catching? Oil?

Interesting. Have you been under a rock? this forum or search apex chase. He has a nice thread with the info your looking for.
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Most GM owners are not familiar with forums like this one (wait a minute! there are no other forums like this one!) and do not know about performance and maintenance of a motor vehicle as discussed here. They would be too lazy to keep the system maintained. $19.95 oil changes are what gets their motors running (when they bother to go).

Get a can; maybe one for the clean side, too. And empty it when it needs it.
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