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hi all was hoping to hear from ppl who have gutted the cats on their trucks. i need to know how to go about doing it the righ way or easiest way. any insight is appreciated.
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In most states it is illegal to alter the emissions systems. What are you hoping to accomplish by gutting the CAT?
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well the illeal aspect doesnt other me. i had he plenum leak for almost a year and now my truck has no "balls" what so ever. aniv been told by many ppl that my exhuast has a massive egg smell and also smells like its running rich. just wanna gut it out and be done. i cant afford a new one. its my only option.
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yeah I'm lost also....it will only smell worse if you gut it. How many miles do you have? What's the plenum leak?
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well oncea cat gets clogged it has a strng egg like odor almost all the time so its worrse then not having one plus it robs power. plenum leak is the intake plenum gasket that is knwn to go in the magnum motors. basically is a large oil leak that make thetruck burn oil like crazy and that what plugged my cat cuz it was months before iixed it.
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please anyone i really need some input from ppl that have done this. thanks
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If you're set on it you can take it off, stand it on end (or some secure way maybe a vice or something) and use a crowbar or similar and a mini sledge hammer to pound all the crap inside out of it. Be careful don't breathe or touch the stuff that comes out of it it is very dangerous to your health. Supposed to dispose of it appropriately...
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well the problem is its in a tight spot with a crossmember and also my front 02 sensor screws directly into the cat. so im wondering if its easier to cuz a hole in the side of it and then weld it back up when im done but idk.
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so im wondering if its easier to cuz a hole in the side of it and then weld it back up when im done but idk.
I don't think this would be easier. Best way would be to unbolt the cat(assuming it is bolted in) or cut it off on each end, unscrew the sensor, and hammer away, then bolt back in place, or use couplers if it needed cut out. Working on an old rusty exhaust sucks, especially when its on the vehicle, above you, and your laying on your back.
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if you unbolt the crossmember ( but be carful its bolted into the transfer case if it is a 4x4) you will need something to holt the tranny in place ( i use a scissor jack with a 2x4) pull the crossmembeer toward the rear and you will see two little pieces that are out just a little slide it down there and it will drop right out. then you can unbolt the exhaust straight from the exhaust manifolds pull it own slightly unplug the o2 sensor and its much easieer from there to do what you need to do. i have taken it apart many times and this is the way but it is a little teedius to do it though.
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