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Old 09-29-2016, 03:56 PM   #1
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Where to get Inspected?

Anyone know where in North Carolina to get your car inspected without cats. I would like to go catless but I'm worried I won't find anywhere to get it done.
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Old 09-29-2016, 04:09 PM   #2
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You won't unless it's a shady mom and pop operation. It's illegal. I know some people who have a friend of a friend that might look the other way, but they are very picky about their clientele. You could try it. Get some mil eliminators and hope they won't do a visual.

Why is it you want to remove the cats?
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He's probs tired of the meows every time he steps on the gas..
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Basically just for the sound, I have roush axle backs and resonator deletes but I'm not to crazy with how raspy and high pitched it it. I like how the roush sounds with the Offroad h-pipe but if it's like that I'm not sure I'll do it.
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Yeah not a huge fan of the meows when I step on the gas either...
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My understanding from what has been said on this forum is the roush axlebacks sound really bad with anything other than stock.
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Heck I can't even take that cat off my 1995 truck. It's exempt from emissions testing (hooking up a computer and checking for codes) but I'd fail for visual. I thought about getting one of these. It would pass visual then.

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Just depends on your taste, I've heard roush with a Offroad x-pipe and Offroad h-p and liked both but that's just my opinion. My car roush with resonator deletes and sounds good at idle but is very raspy and high pitched in the high Rpms. If I could go back I probably wouldn't have got the roush and got something else instead.
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I thought as long as you have a tune that gets rid of the check engine light that there is no way for them to tell you don't have cats?
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I thought as long as you have a tune that gets rid of the check engine light that there is no way for them to tell you don't have cats?
Read my posts. They do a visual inspection. All factory installed emissions equipment must be installed. Like I said, you might get lucky. Or you might not then be stuck with having to put them back on.
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Why is it you want to remove the cats?
Better flowing exhaust.
Weight reduction.
No cats = nothing to clog, collapse, or melt.
Exhaust tone is better.


Have I mentioned that I hate cats?
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I hate stinky cars without them just as much.
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I hate stinky cars without them just as much.
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I thought as long as you have a tune that gets rid of the check engine light that there is no way for them to tell you don't have cats?
It will still fail since all monitors need to be ready.
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I'm in NC and honestly unless you know someone it's not worth the trouble. As someone else said they do the obd2 check and the visual. All the shops I've been too are really strict since there are heavy fines involved for passing cars that shouldn't.


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I'm in NC and honestly unless you know someone it's not worth the trouble. As someone else said they do the obd2 check and the visual. All the shops I've been too are really strict since there are heavy fines involved for passing cars that shouldn't.


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Is NC becoming CA?

A lot of states are following CARB. I'm sure one day emission testing will be nationwide
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A lot of states are following CARB. I'm sure one day emission testing will be nationwide
...and nothing I currently own will be street legal.

The 02 Mustang still has all of the emissions crap at the moment, but I hate that there are 4 cats looking to clog up at some point.

When I lived in Atlanta my vehicles had to pass emissions testing. When I lived there I actually had money and heavily modified vehicles. I never had any problems. Then again, all the tech did was stick a sniffer in the exhaust and read the number. From there I was given a certificate that allowed me to purchase my tag.

If things keep moving in the direction they are headed we will all be driving hybrid junk made of tin foil and plastic.

I honestly wish I could locate a running 1960s or 70s truck. I may get 8mpg, but the thing would be easy to work on and be exempt from the government BS. The only computer would be the brain between my ears. Tuning and adjusting things could be done with a strobe and the turn of a distributor cap.
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If we let the tree huggers have their way, then that's the future we are all looking at. It's unfortunate and we don't like it. There are still some counties in NC that don't do inspections at all. But if you are in/around the metropolitan areas, they do and they don't screw around with the heavy fines involved for falsifying inspections. Like Joaquin said, it will one day soon be mandatory nationwide.
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If we let the tree huggers have their way, then that's the future we are all looking at. It's unfortunate and we don't like it. There are still some counties in NC that don't do inspections at all. But if you are in/around the metropolitan areas, they do and they don't screw around with the heavy fines involved for falsifying inspections. Like Joaquin said, it will one day soon be mandatory nationwide.
I almost relocated to Hickory, NC. Even that little city had inspections. I also looked at a house on the mountains in Boone, and if I remember correctly inspections were in place there.
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I almost relocated to Hickory, NC. Even that little city had inspections. I also looked at a house on the mountains in Boone, and if I remember correctly inspections were in place there.

I actually live in Hickory and the cops aren't that strict on exhaust here the only thing I was worried about was the inspection but I found someone that can help me get it passed. Thanks for the help everyone!
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That's what it takes. Find someone that will look the other way.
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I actually live in Hickory and the cops aren't that strict on exhaust here the only thing I was worried about was the inspection but I found someone that can help me get it passed. Thanks for the help everyone!
Not a bad little town. I wish 91st times I had taken the job and relocated.
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Its not worth the headache .. go with a nice high flow cat. You will get the performance and sound you are looking for just short of catless
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Our cats are already a hi flow style cats, why not get the cat delete pipe and switch back after? Sure it's a bit work once a year but you get the performance after
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Its not worth the headache .. go with a nice high flow cat. You will get the performance and sound you are looking for just short of catless

Most the reputable shops in my area won't install high flow cats either even though they are legal. I would get high flow cats but 1. they are more expensive and 2. they are just as much trouble.
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In my 35+ years of driving and owning over 40 cars and trucks, I have never had a problem with a catalytic converter. What trouble are you experiencing?
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In my 35+ years of driving and owning over 40 cars and trucks, I have never had a problem with a catalytic converter. What trouble are you experiencing?

Not trouble, you get more ponies without them
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