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MAJOR cat problem. possible impound? PLEASE HELP!!

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by rv.shredder07, June 9, 2009.

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  1. rv.shredder07

    rv.shredder07 New Member

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    Okay so i have a huge problem.

    I have a 96' 4.0 that didn't pass smog because the cats are bad. (threw a P0420 code).

    Apparently, all of the aftermarket cats that an hour long internet search seemed to find, are NOT Cali legal. I called Midas (longshot) asking if they could do it. After the man looked for a bit, his response was.."yeah it looks like you may have to go to one of these chinese guys up the street. they'll do it but it won't be legal" :WTF:

    Can anyone help? :(:(

    As of June 1st, cops can officially impound my baby if they notice my tags are expired. :feedback:
     
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  3. Fabbed4d88

    Fabbed4d88 Active Member

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    Looks like you my have to go through Ford for that. Maybe a junkyard?
     
  4. Dan Whitaker

    Dan Whitaker One fast putty tat Elite Explorer

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    You might have to go to Ford. If you do bring a jar of Vasoline. You'll need it.

    It's BS like this that I have no desire to ever set foot in California.
     
  5. rv.shredder07

    rv.shredder07 New Member

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    that's where i got screwed over. they don't sell them anymore for my ex. I just called a muffler shop and the guy said it'd be ballpark around 450-500 to custom fab one.

    i don't understand why the hell everyone makes a 49 state legal one. :thumbdwn:
     
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    Dan Whitaker One fast putty tat Elite Explorer

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    No Mounty no more.
    I don't understand why California has to mandate a state specific converter. Cat convertors are Federaly mandated but that's not good enough.
     
  7. Turdle

    Turdle Habla tortuga Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Hell, they even make California spec lawnmowers now.

    Can you believe that?
     
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    it's MAJOR MAJOR BS!

    I'm moving to CO in a year. Can't wait for that. California sucks. :fire: :banghead:
     
  9. Dan Whitaker

    Dan Whitaker One fast putty tat Elite Explorer

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    They have had to use a CAFE specific fuel hose on small engines for a while now and I would imagne it applies to vehicles as well.

    Like I've always said: California is like a bowl of granola.
     
  10. cybergasm

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    well DMV is issuing one time 30 day temporary permits while you are in the process of repairing the vehicle.

    NO JUNKYARDS that has been a No No here for many years.
     
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    FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    I love all the "generalized" CA smack talk. People won't come here because of smog regulations... really? I guess that's good though, there are too many people that do come here anyway. My explorer passed when it was running on 5cyl. and some of the spark plugs were completely missing the porcelain.

    Anyway, it's not really legal, but as a very very temp fix, just hollow out the bad cat for the smog check. Drive it around for about 15-20 min before the test and it should pass fine. Then you don't have to hurry to find a replacement before your tags are due.
     
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    haha man i wish i knew that before. but i've been overdue since january. Don't know how in the hell cops don't want to pull me over. I've even had squad cars pull up next to me, stop and look at my plates, then just pull forward and drive away.
     
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    i spoke with a guy in long beach who is gonna fab up a set for me. No labor charged either which is nice.

    thanks for your help guys :chug:
     
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    look again he has the 4.0 not the 5.0

    so nothing there yet .
     
  18. Tbars4

    Tbars4 Moderator Emeritus Elite In Memoriam

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    ...This is what I found for the Cali 91 X 4.0...:dunno:

    Year Description Product Type Part # MSRP
    1991 4.0L; Direct-Fit DIRECT FIT CATALYTIC CONVERTER 33388 $651.73
    1991 4.0L; Front UNIVERSAL CATALYTIC CONVERTER 33106 $203.17
    1991 4.0L; Rear UNIVERSAL CATALYTIC CONVERTER 34006 $208.13

    ...I added the useful link to the "California Smog" thread...:biggthump
    http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=219411
     
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    he is looking 1996 model converter i just post the info about 1st gens for reference i guess
     
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    NO JUNKYARDS that has been a No No here for many years.[/QUOTE]

    .....That's.....I can't even speak. That's like no Outback or no Auto Zone...That's un-American.
     
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    I'm sure its not just the smog... Cali is one of the least free states.

    I think he means you can't get a cat at a junkyard. I think that goes in most if not all 50 states?
     

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