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Catalytic Converter Rattle

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by groink, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. Apr 13, 2010 at 5:37 PM
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    groink

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    It's time to replace my Cat, but I cannot really afford to buy a new one at the moment. I live in Wyoming so there is no smog laws, what's the cheapest DIY way to fix it? Should it be gutted? Or should I buy a straight pipe to replace? (where would i buy that?)

    Thanks!
     
  2. Apr 13, 2010 at 6:53 PM
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    if you straight pipe it or gut it then your exaust tone will probably get really raspy and you will sound kinda like one of those honda civic's with the big can on it. i would recommend not gutting it or cutting it out unless you plan on replacing it. if you like the loud rice burner sound then by all means you can gut it and it shouldnt hurt anything.
     
  3. Apr 14, 2010 at 3:25 PM
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    well i have to remedy the problem because the ceramic in the cat is broken and it rattles a hell of alot and i can tell it's clogging the cat up and bleeding power... but i also don't have 250 bucks to spend on a cat right now, i could care less if my truck sounds like a rice burner until i get a new cat (i guess technically we all drive rice burners anyways lol) do they sell pipes that are made to replace cats on taco's? (ones that will fit the mounts) i don't want to cut anything.
     
  4. Apr 14, 2010 at 6:25 PM
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    If you remove the cat and retain your muffler you should be OK in regards to sound. It will sound louder but not as bad as what some folks are saying (that annoying fart-can sound). If you have already have a flowmaster / magnaflow / etc on there then you would really notice a difference. You could buy a cheap autozone / advance auto / etc muffler to slap in its place if you are really worried about it. I think you can a real cheap one for around $20 or so.
     
  5. Apr 14, 2010 at 8:11 PM
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    go to an exhaust shop and have them make you a pipe that replaces the cat.

    since theres no smog where you live, im guessing the shop wont hesitate.
     
  6. Apr 14, 2010 at 8:16 PM
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    No smog laws, straight pipe it till you have smog laws. If it sounds funky change the muffler. Factory cat will be $800. to $1000. I would wait till they start checking for smog before I changed the cat.
     
  7. Apr 14, 2010 at 8:31 PM
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    Get one at the junk yard if you want to replace it.
     
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