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Old 11-17-2013, 12:36 PM   #1
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Midpipe Question

I might be picking up a stock h pipe from craigslist soon and I need to know what to look for (bad cats, leaks?) and what else ill need to get it installed on my car.

I bought my car with a catted x on it but ill need the stock pipe for possible smog issues, ect (i live in CA...). My car is a 98 btw, and the pipe I'm going to be looking at came off a 98gt as well
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I might be picking up a stock h pipe from craigslist soon and I need to know what to look for (bad cats, leaks?) and what else ill need to get it installed on my car. I bought my car with a catted x on it but ill need the stock pipe for possible smog issues, ect (i live in CA...). My car is a 98 btw, and the pipe I'm going to be looking at came off a 98gt as well
If you have a catted mid pipe you should be fine
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As long as its catted it should pass but in some states it still doesn't. I know you can get some stock midpipes from junkyards for pretty cheap. Make sure the catalyst is in tact.
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If you have a catted mid pipe you should be fine
Depends on his emissions regulations. You can still fail if you don't have the correct number of cats.
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In Cali it's best to just keep the stock mid pipe and use that for smog. They can be real pricks about all of that.
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Op I would look for the obvious cracks and stuff like that. Also make sure that no particles fall out of the pie if you tip it over
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+1 lol cali seems like a communist state.
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+1 lol cali seems like a communist state.
Yes it is. A lot of catted h midpipes I've looked for will say "WILL NOT PASS CA INSPECTION" and it's usually in caps too lol
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The previous owner got it to pass with the catted x when he sold it to me, but he said it failed emissions before, so thats why I wanted to get the stock pipe in case I fail when i go for smog soon. Also if i ever decide to sell the car and the next owner wants the stock pipe, it would make things easier

Also the pipe is aluminum and 6 years old, and one cat started rattling so its looking as if it's life might coming to an end soon..
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The previous owner got it to pass with the catted x when he sold it to me, but he said it failed emissions before, so thats why I wanted to get the stock pipe in case I fail when i go for smog soon. Also if i ever decide to sell the car and the next owner wants the stock pipe, it would make things easier Also the pipe is aluminum and 6 years old, and one cat started rattling so its looking as if it's life might coming to an end soon..
Passing the sniff test is easy, it's that ****ing visual that fails everyone... If it passes the sniff test why the **** do you need to look at what is done to the car???
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Passing the sniff test is easy, it's that ****ing visual that fails everyone... If it passes the sniff test why the **** do you need to look at what is done to the car???
Exactly, if it passes it passes. It shouldn't make a difference if you "illegally remove factory smog equipment" when its passing the sniffer. California is absolute hell for modded cars
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Cars don't even need cats nowadays. They run clean enough.

My friend knows the smog referee of the area, and said one day a guy came in with a Corvette Z06, fully built engine, twin turbos and full straight pipes..... It put out less emissions than a hybrid.
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