Okay, My catalytic converter is junk, (in my opinion anyway) its all rusted to heck and beyond, i was wondering what my options were, could i just cut it out and replace it with a strait pipe were the OEM cat goes? i know its illegal but cops around here dont care, moreless know were to even look for one. My father sugested that i take the cat off and shove a broom stick through it to get better air flow, would this work? Im mostly lookin for better air flow and nothing else, but i have available the proper exhaust pipe to fit in the gap if its allright to just swap em out.
On other news i turned sixteen on sunday, so im goin crazy now waiting to get my license, of course the DMV is closed on mondays!! ARG
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Posts: 1198 From: Fort Worth, Tx, USA Registered: Dec 2001
if the cops don't care chop it off and put straight pipe .if you are worried that the cops will be dicks then i would take the broom handle and push all of the honey comb out.when i did mine there was only a very small amount left but it was to big to go thought the cat. so after turns it would get caught in the cat out pipes and i would lose a lot of power. if your cat is missing a lot of the honey comb then you schould put a new muffer on because it has to go some where.
Exhausts are a pain in butt to work on. If you go to a garage they will not remove the cat for you, thouhg it would be simple for them to do so. It is illegal unless you know them pretty well.
The straight pipe is the simplest solution, and the less expensive, but cutting and fitting a pipe without the proper tools can be a pain. Use a grinder with a cutting wheel and make sure you get the proper sized pipe or you will have leaks. Or worse, it will fall off while you are driving.
Your best bet is to cut the old one out after you get a new replacement from Rodney Dickman. His cats are top notch and are the correct replacement length for the Fiero.
You can buy an aftermarket cat (Catco or other brand) which will flow almost as well as a straight pipe while being clean in the process. You will have to add pipe to make it work, because a modern cat is shorter,(and lighter and flows better than OEM) Rodney Dickman supplies the pipes (stainless) and instructions to make it clean and painless. It won't cost you any horsepower, and will probably pass most states tests. I would strongly recommend it! BTW, if running without a cat added any noticeable ammount of power, I would be the FIRST to trash mine! (it won't)
Jan 13th, 2004
Posts: 585 From: Honolulu, HI, USA Registered: May 2003
Will no Cat make the exhaust smell bad? I was thinking of straightpiping it when I get my tips on, but I dont want my car smelling like a beater.
I recently removed my clogged cat and replaced it with a straight pipe. The exhaust is noticably stronger-smelling. I can smell it while sitting in traffic, sometimes.
Originally posted by NEPTUNE:
BTW, if running without a cat added any noticeable ammount of power, I would be the FIRST to trash mine! (it won't)
I haven't noticed any low-end horsepower, but I seem to have gained a noticable amount of high-end horsepower (more power at higher RPMs). But seeing as I had a failing cat in the first place, it might just be that the engine is simply breathing easier.
But MAN, does it sound awsome now! Sounds like I have more than just a stock 2.8L in the trunk.
Go with a cat if they test exhaust levels at inspection time.