A catalytic converter is a common part that has been used in cars since the 1970s. As it’s name gives clue, it releases a chemical catalyst that impacts upon the gases that passes through a car’s muffler and exhaust and converts those gases into states that are less harmful to environment. Many people think that catalytic converters handicap a vehicle and stop it from reaching its full horsepower, while others think that they make too much back pressure on the vehicle exhaust. As such, some drivers opt to take the catalytic converter out of their cars and change it with a more simplified version or a more energy efficient model.
The biggest issue that anyone faces with catalytic converter removal is that total removal without putting in any kind of replacement, is a break in the law. Your immediate goal once you know how to get rid of your current catalytic converter should always be a replacement or change.
WARNING: Catalytic converter has a role in reducing environmental harm from car emissions. Laws and regulations regarding cars emissions and air quality vary considerably depending on what area you are living. Look into the emissions regulation for your territory to ensure you’re not breaking any rules with your project. Failing your emissions rating can lead to the car being deemed unroadworthy or even scrapped
BUYING AN X-PIPE
An X-Pipe is an specially designed tubing that fits between the muffler and the catalytic converter. It gets its name from the fact that two pipes briefly merge into one chamber at its center, giving it the appearance of the letter “X.”
Most auction websites used for finding aftermarket exhaust pipes suggest that installing the specialized X-Pipe instead of your old pipe will allow you to ditch the converter all together and still reduce your emissions. The efficacy of such claims is however questionable, but X-pipes can also be fitted to a pre-existing converter assembly if you simply need to keep your catalytic converter and experiment with the tubing attachments.
NOTE: An X-pipe on its own will still require the O2 sensors installed so that you can monitor that your car emissions. Even then, you may find that you produce too much exhaust to operate in highly regulated states, such as New York or California.
TAKING OUT THE SENSOR
If you are still bent on removing the Catalytic converter, then you will have to take off the O2 sensor. This can only be done with a particular kind of tool known as an O2 wrench, but you can buy one from parts dealers for between $30 and $40.
REMOVE THE CONVERTER
Soon as you separate the sensor, you will next need to unbolt the catalytic converter and pass it down the exhaust pipe. If the converter is actually welded to the underside of your car, you’ll have to actually saw this off using a rotary saw. It is best to have your vehicle raised in the air of the sawing becomes necessary.
DISPOSING OF THE CONVERTER
Soon as the converter is removed, you can take it to a scrap merchant. Alternatively, you can remove the center from the converter yourself and sell that for cash. The core inside of a catalytic converter is made from a precious material, so you might actually be able to get more cash for just the core alone than you would from just scrapping the converter pieces.