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post #1 of 16 Old 03-10-2011, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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Help!!! Smog question!!!

So i just bought a 2000 7.3 and as i go to smog it it fails!
I bought it from a fellow in a county that doesnt require a smog cert, however i live in a less fortunate area where you do. The good part is that it passed everything with flying colors except for the "visual inspection of a catalytic converter." Now the nice fellow behind the counter stressed to me that it needs to pass a VISUAL inspection only.

So it currently has a 4" all the way back, what do you guys think my options are here.

A friend offered to let me borrow is cat for the smog.
I priced a new cat, and thats way more than i want to spend
A friends friend will sell me a cat for $250, that's fully functional

All i really want is for it to pass, to buy me some time to save back up and figure out what i ultimately want to do with the system.

What do you guys think?

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A 2000 shouldn't have come from the factory with a cat. And should have a sticker under the hood that says non-catalyst. (Edit: Unless it is a manual)

Should be a sticker like this under the underside of the hood

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Really!?

Where is that under the hood?
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Should be by the hood latch.

The only SDs (7.3) that had cats were early 99s and manuals.
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Well I'm going to go investigate.
Thank you
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No problem. Now hopefully you don't find a big sticker that says "YES THIS TRUCK IS CATALYST" and I look like an idiot
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im pretty sure if the truck is a CA model it has a 50% chance of having a cat....
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Worse case do like some body I know did Take a cat and with a torch cut the pipe out on both sides. Gut it and then slide a piece of your 4" pipe through it and re-weld it nice and pretty. Throw a little paint on it and roll it around the yard a time or two then put it back on the truck. VISUALLY its there and functioning but inside is a straight through 4" pipe

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im pretty sure if the truck is a CA model it has a 50% chance of having a cat....
Mine is CA and it doesn't.
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im pretty sure if the truck is a CA model it has a 50% chance of having a cat....
My guess is that in the OP's case, this is exactly the issue.

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