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Old 03-03-2016, 11:43 PM   #1
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Radium Catch Can review

Hows it going guys, I wanted to throw a review on here of my new radium catch can, and share my initial experience after 2 weeks of use. When i bought my 02 330ci, the PO told me he had replaced the CCV. I didnt know about the e46s issues with the CCV so i didnt ask anything about whether it is a cold weather package one or not. Alas, my car burned very large amounts of oil. I enjoy spirited drives and street racing in Mexico, and usually after a 2 or 3 hour cruise, i would just plan on topping off the oil. I just couldnt keep oil in the motor for the life of me. When i would rev the car while at a stop, it was very easy to smell burning oil, and friends driving behind me would always comment on the stank. I wanted to rule out the CCV since it was supposedly replaced, but i decided with all the talk of catch cans that i would give it a go. I went with Radium largely due to the clean look, nice mounting bracket, and because it is specifically designed for the e46. i can justify $300 for a catch can, others cant, and thats alright. Firstly, shipping, packing etc. - all excellent! I believe it arrived in less than a week from ordering it, which is an A+ in my book. Installation was an all day event, mainly because i wanted to completely delete the CCV. I had to run to the local autozone to grab some extra 5/8 hose, a bit of 3/4 hose, a reducer, some hose clamps and a PCV valve. Also ran to the stealership to grab a packing for the dipstick tube. Finished product is amazingly clean looking. I ran the hoses under the intake boot and up and behind the head (under the cabin air housing) A+ on how stock the engine bay looks apart from the super clean setup in the drug bin. NOW for the important part. Ive had the can installed for 2 weeks now, taken it out for spirited drives on both weekends, AND I HAVENT LOST A SPECK OF OIL!!! I immediately noticed that i couldnt smell burning oil anymore, and am extremely pleased to find that this catch can fixed my oil burning issue. Many folks talked about increased performance due to the increased vacuum in the crankcase. I wouldnt say i feel a gain in power, yet i would say it feels a bit more perky to drive. To anyone on the edge about buying one of these catch cans, i highly recommend it. With the stock CCV system being as junk as it is, replacing it with the radium catch can is definitely something im glad i did, and you cant beat fixing a problem on the first try.
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Old 03-03-2016, 11:57 PM   #2
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Thank-you for posting! Lots of conversation around CCs these days. Do you have any pictures of your setup? Where did you plumb in the CCV?
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Old 03-04-2016, 12:05 AM   #3
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Good to hear, any pics of engine bay with the install? I replaced my CCV already once but still losing some oil (no leaks) so hoping to go this route instead.
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Old 03-04-2016, 12:06 AM   #4
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Oddly enough i only have pictures of the way i thought i was going to route it, but ended up doing something different. Forgot to get pics of the actual routing. As far as plumbing with a complete CCV delete, your top port (intake) is going to go to the valve cover port. Your side port is going to run to the y piece shown on the picture below. The hose basically runs from the cc to the 2 hoses running into the distribution piece, if that makes sense.

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Old 03-04-2016, 12:08 AM   #5
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Good to hear, any pics of engine bay with the install? I replaced my CCV already once but still losing some oil (no leaks) so hoping to go this route instead.
Dont have any pics on me, ill grab some tomorrow! my favorite part about the radium cc is that it all looks completely stock in the main engine bay, and you only see hoses and the catch can in the drug bin. I see other CCs with hoses routed all around the engine bay, completely visible. I managed to keep the two hoses hidden until they enter the drug bin. Pics to come!
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Old 03-04-2016, 06:15 AM   #6
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Dont have any pics on me, ill grab some tomorrow! my favorite part about the radium cc is that it all looks completely stock in the main engine bay, and you only see hoses and the catch can in the drug bin. I see other CCs with hoses routed all around the engine bay, completely visible. I managed to keep the two hoses hidden until they enter the drug bin. Pics to come!
Great review man! Been thinking of going this route as well as I can't justify putting the work into the CCV just to have to deal with it again down the line or have it fail prematurely.

Looking forward to pics of your setup!
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Old 03-04-2016, 10:45 AM   #7
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I used the same setup but have the intake hose routed around the front and the port from the valve cover hidden under the fuel injection cover. I may re-engineer the hose routing utilizing AN fittings. Post pics I want to see how your setup is done.
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Old 03-04-2016, 12:56 PM   #8
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I cant get very good pics of how i decided to route the hoses, mainly due to the fact the i have them tucked away so well. but you can kind of see the way i routed them under the cabin air housing. Also, just emptied the catch can for the first time today, pleased to see this nasty stuff is being kept out of my engine now
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Old 03-04-2016, 12:58 PM   #9
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I used the same setup but have the intake hose routed around the front and the port from the valve cover hidden under the fuel injection cover. I may re-engineer the hose routing utilizing AN fittings. Post pics I want to see how your setup is done.
I tried it how you routed the top hose (along the fuel rail) but i was having trouble with it interfering with the cover that bolts onto the rail. ultimately just ran it down the way the original hose goes from the valve cover, and all the way to the catch can next to the other hose
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Old 03-04-2016, 03:21 PM   #10
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What kind of PCV valve did you use in this build?
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Old 03-04-2016, 03:29 PM   #11
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Old 04-20-2016, 11:30 AM   #12
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Back with an update! Its been a little less than 2 months, and holy crap am i happy with the results. Since i installed the catch can, i haven't lost a single drop of oil Along with that, i'm extremely pleased to see the amount of nasty gunk that i have drained from the catch can.
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Ive been draining it into a little plastic container that had some electric components in it (WD-40 can for size reference) I went from having to top the oil off at least once a week to not a single drop of oil burned from the system. When i purchased the catch can i was concerned that the issue was much bigger, but it turned out to be this simple issue. I would highly recommend a catch can/CCV delete to anyone having this issue. As i said, the previous owner told me he had replaced the CCV once already, leaving me skeptical about it being the issue with my oil burning, but low and behold, my problem was completely solved
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Curious, did you happen to try the 02Pilot mod before you went with the catch can setup?
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Old 04-20-2016, 12:38 PM   #14
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Curious, did you happen to try the 02Pilot mod before you went with the catch can setup?
Nope! In fact I've never heard of it! What is it?
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It's where you hook a vac hose to the port on the CCV and then run that line back to a vac port behind the intake manifold. I'm doing that set up right now, and has cut my oil usage to almost zero. I ran an oil catch can on my other engine for over 150,000 miles and it worked great. My newer engine was doing fine , until the oil line going to the dipstick developed a hole, then I replace the complete CCV system and then started to use oil. My indy always takes a new CCV valve and removes the spring in it and then cuts it down a bit to lessen the tension on the spring before he installs one now,,he is saying the spring has too much tension and doesn't allow enough vacuum into the crankcase. This may be what is happening with the modified hook up of a vac hose to the ccv,,weaking the spring enough to help seal the piston rings.
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Nope! In fact I've never heard of it! What is it?
Original discussion, testing and results here. Solution in post #74.
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Old 04-20-2016, 03:01 PM   #17
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Back with an update! Its been a little less than 2 months, and holy crap am i happy with the results. Since i installed the catch can, i haven't lost a single drop of oil Along with that, i'm extremely pleased to see the amount of nasty gunk that i have drained from the catch can.
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Ive been draining it into a little plastic container that had some electric components in it (WD-40 can for size reference) I went from having to top the oil off at least once a week to not a single drop of oil burned from the system. When i purchased the catch can i was concerned that the issue was much bigger, but it turned out to be this simple issue. I would highly recommend a catch can/CCV delete to anyone having this issue. As i said, the previous owner told me he had replaced the CCV once already, leaving me skeptical about it being the issue with my oil burning, but low and behold, my problem was completely solved
Just looking at the photos of the parts alone, I feel like I would be getting what I paid for at $325 for this kit, vs $175 for what looks like a bunch of plastic crap with the cold weather CCV kit from FCP. I might end up going this route.
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Just looking at the photos of the parts alone, I feel like I would be getting what I paid for at $325 for this kit, vs $175 for what looks like a bunch of plastic crap with the cold weather CCV kit from FCP. I might end up going this route.
You most definitely get what you pay for; very high quality and well engineered components. The mounting bracket is awesome, and you cant beat the little dipstick on top. makes it extremely convenient to check it, i just look whenever i check my oil level and drain if necessary.
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