Hi guys I need new cat converters on my 1993 sc300. The dealerships wants around 2k for both of them so I am looking aftermarket. Does anyone know where I can find a good deal and ones that are reliable that wont go bad with in a year? thanks guys
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I just replaced the cat on an old Jeep last fall and it seems to me that I heard something about all aftermarket Cali legal cats currently being of better build quality because they're required to warranty them for longer now. It used to be you could pick up a super cheap cat and it would pass smog this year, but then be shot before then next smog check (in 2 years). Supposedly, that is no longer the case. If you notice, the price of all the Cali legal cats is way higher than 49 state cats, that's because of the newer quality/warranty requirements.
California requires that the cats have the Executive orders numbers visable on them in order to pass the visual on emissions. I had to go through the referee station last month when I brought my offroad toyota in that I performed a 4.3 chevy swap. The best place I found was discount converters dot com. I called and they found what worked for me and the cost was pretty inexpensive as far as cats go. Of course I have the welding equipment to weld it all in.
Well i ordered the cats from magnaflow last friday so they should be here any day?! Im hoping this solves my smog problem and when they go in and swap them out they can find any leaks in the exhaust(new gaskets) I cant wait to hear if my stock exhaust sounds any cleaner with new cats and any leaks filled
^^ That's frustrating. Well... okay. I have had Morse Muffler in Burbank say that to me as well but I wasn't asking him for a cat replacement estimate, just a quote for a full catback exhaust system so I didn't think anything of it at the time. UPDATE: Morse actually will install cats. They just won't do any that aren't OEM or CARB legal as per your car.
As Saleens281 mentioned above, I was able to find the Magnaflow #38105 for the SC300 rear cat. I just confirmed is has CARB EO #D-193-84 for the SC300 OBD1.
List is $315.00 but the guy on the phone at Magnaflow said it sold for $122.00 (vs the $1,700.00 I confirmed with Carson for the bolt-in OEM from Lexus). That's a no-brainer. The front OEM pre-cat is a more reasonable $320.00 from Carson.
Do Cali-spec aftermarket cats generally last several years? On a stock engine anyway?
1993 SC300 5-speed NA | Built R154 | Gixxer_Drew Susp. 600/325 | TT: brakes FR, rims, rear sway, seats | Koyo rad | 4.272 TT Torsen LSD | USDM 2JZGTE in progress