Catalitic converter chips?

Discussion in 'Chevy Truck Accessories' started by BigMike2011, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. BigMike2011

    BigMike2011 Member

    Hey guys me and my dad have recently thrown the idea around of taking off the catalytic converters because of the performance. But any way in order for my truck to pass inspection don't you have to have a chip that tells the mechanics computer that the cats are still there? Does any one have any experience with this stuff and what do y'all recommend? All the info on my truck is in my signature. Thanks guys
     
  2. 99'HEARTBEAT

    99'HEARTBEAT Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    For the Cat installed on your 2011"........the late Model Cats Flow Very Well.....as far as telling(Computer) the Mechanic if the Cats are still there.....In Calif before passing a Vehicle for Smog Check, the Mechanics/Techs have to look and see if the Cats are where they should be....along with the MAF Sensor and so on.....As far as in Texas, it may be different??
     
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2011
  3. 98Hotrod98

    98Hotrod98 Rockstar 100 Posts

    Some texas counties have very similar smog protection stuff as cali. For example Harris county defiantly does, Angelina county does not. When you go for inspection if they hook the computer up to your truck, then its smog regulated, if they just check the horn,lights, ect... then its not.

    Gov. Perry is suppose to get a bill passed that makes all counties reduce their smog emissions soon, so I wouldn't mess with cats in Texas on a new vehicle.
     
  4. silveradotrailblazer

    silveradotrailblazer Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    Leave the cats on your truck, it will run better with them unless your building a all out race truck. As Mike mentioned the new cats flow well. If you remove the cats you will need a custom tune. Alot of peope take them off because they think its a cheap way to get performance, but it really hurts performance.
     
  5. dsfloyd

    dsfloyd Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner Gold Member 1000 Posts

    X3 on them flowing well enough. ive looked in a few of them and really isnt much restricting flow.
     
  6. BigMike2011

    BigMike2011 Member

    Ya we got the idea from a friend and wanted to see what the pros had to say about the idea. Thanks guys!
     
  7. sstoner911

    sstoner911 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    X4 - The stock cats are pretty good....I took mine to a exhaust shop to shop hi flow cats and the guys there pretty much told me to save my money.
     
  8. stephan

    stephan Rockstar 4 Years 5000 Posts

    X5 on Mike Heartbeats post on the visual inspection. When they do the visual portion of the I&M they look for everything to be there & for any modifications or customer tampering.
     

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