Removal of Catalytic Converter
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has anybody dared to remove the Cat from the stock exhaust? If yes, how? Cutting the muffler open underneath the cover? I want to ...
Removal of Catalytic Converter
has anybody dared to remove the Cat from the stock exhaust? If yes, how? Cutting the muffler open underneath the cover? I want to avoid that and therefore I am thinking of using an airhammer thru the body of the muffler (internals obviously removed). But for that the material of the cat must be brittle. So has anybody experience with the material? Is it brittle like ceramic, or more like aluminum?
Any advice is appreciated.
It is not brittle AT ALL!! I used a method similar to yours and it took me a good while to get them out. They are made of what appeared to be thin stainless coated with the stuff cats are made of. I used a sledgehammer and a long rod and beat until it all came out of the other end.
Don't know how you are going to get an airhammer in there but good luck and be careful... I bought another set just to be sure that if I screwed up, I still had something to ride.
SR-71 - Stolen
2005 Z1000 - Traded
You can also use a drill and a wood/blade drill bit. Use something like 1" or bigger, it does come out.
2003 Z1000 Sold 10/01/2012
Akrapovic Ti Evo 2 exhaust Carbon Fiber LOR can, PC3 with custom map, BMC Race Filter, TRE, Moose Handlebar, Targa Seat Cowl, Race Intake Cam, Degreed Cams 107/104
2Bros Slipon, Bazzaz ZFI, Secondary Butterflies Removed, BMC Filter, Degreed Cams 109/105
I spent a LOT of time with a Dremel and the "heavy duty" cutting wheels to get through both layers of metal that are over the converter. Would an air-hammer work? No idea. I bought one a few weeks ago but have yet to try it out so I don't know how effective it would be.
The idea of getting a spare set of pipes is a good one. The ones that came on my bike are sitting against the wall in my garage, still virgin, and the spare set I bought is what's on the bike now. You ought to be able to pick up a set in nice shape for around $100 shipped, give or take $20 or so.
See this thread for my pics of the converter and the mufflers in various states of disassembly.
Attempting to modify stock exhaust and getting nowhere.
--SOLD! '03 Z1000, orange
mods: TFI, airbox mod, K&N, modded stock pipes, Ermax +15cm screen, Graphic Arts case sliders, Motivation frame sliders, Renntech passenger grab rail, 636 shock, secondary throttle sensor adjusted
--'03 GSX-R1000, silver
--'98 Vmax, silver/black
--'90 CB-1, blue
If you get a new exhaust and connecting pipe you would also get rid or the converter no??
Or is it located further down?
Is this "bashing it out" method if you want to keep the stock can?
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