Consider this a warning to anyone who is considering doing this!
In the US it is a Federal offense to remove any part of the emissions system!
If you are caught, as the vehicle's owner, you could face as much as $10,000 in fines.
AND anyone who does the work or helps (i.e. the mechanic, a friend, whoever) also faces up to $10,000 in fines.
Please be aware that there is ALSO a $10,000 reward for anyone who turns in someone who has removed or altered an emissions system - owner or mechanic.
Even if you live in an area where emissions testing is not required, you are not exempt from this regulation and you will still run the risk of being caught.
That is an awfully steep fine, IMO. I'd think twice before proceeding.
In any case you could at least check into the laws regarding this, in case the data I was given was wrong. But I had an ASE Master Technician tell me this! It's part of his job to stay on top of Federal and local regs.
If you want to repair your own emissions system, be careful and consider this first: Unless you can weld, and weld well, go ahead and let a professional do anything that has to do with the emissions/exhaust system. While it is possible to go to autozone and buy your own catalytic converter etc and put it on, it takes a lot of time unless you have the entire system in one piece. I recently replaced my exhaust from the catalytic converter back (the converter was still good), it passed but I had to piece together a exhaust system and it was the biggest ordeal ever. Stay away from Exhaust repairs if you can help it. They are tough!
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