california legal catalytic converter...??

Discussion in 'Aftermarket Products, Reviews & Installation' started by corto, May 8, 2009.

  1. corto

    corto New Member

    Hi there, love this site I just so happy now. Anyways, i have a 1998 ranger, v6 4.0l model. I need to replace the catalytic converter. All aftermarket ones ( the affordable ones) are not California legal and I cannot have them shipped here. Through the dealers is costs more than I can really afford. My question is, are there any good cheap replacement for California? or can I, just as I saw in an other post, cut the catalytic converter of and replace with a straight pipe? and if so, what do I need after that?
    hey guys, thanks for the help,
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  3. blueovelboy

    blueovelboy the original ranger

    FIRST ITS NOT GOOD TO RUN YOUR TRUCK WITH OUT ITS CATS THE on board computer will start to read and change thing that can heart your motor and if you do remove the cats what do you do with the sincers?
  4. OP

    corto New Member


    Hi ,
    thanks for the response. I have purchased a new catalytic converter and will install it myself this week end. Hope I get it right,
  5. barrys

    barrys New Member

    The online autoparts stores are just starting to offer California Legal cats with all the right number stamping, and OEM form factor and fit. One that I've found offered at a couple of sites is made by a company called "magnaflow." It's about 250 delivered which seems pretty fair. There seem to be some other companies starting to get on board with the new CARB laws and offering approved cats also.
    Wholesale on the factory, california legal part is 722.00 + shipping. Ouch!

    Would anyone see any problems with using one of these aftermarket, cali legal catalytic converters. Any removal and installation tips are welcome too.

    I've been on for years. Just found this forum. Looking forward to it...
  6. EricFi1

    EricFi1 New Member

    all you're gonna get is universal's. they'll work the same way although you might have to do some welding to make it tight.
    Magnaflow is good, since all cats for CA are mandatory OBD-II compliant there's no real cheap cat for CA anymore. the older obd-i cats are as ok as it gets.

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