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Go ahead and elminate it. I think that cats don't restrict flow as much as a muffler does, but they do help completely free up airflow.
 

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The Cat is worse than the muffler, especially aged Cats, on second generation diesels.

There is no point in an intake. The only thing you stand a chance of gaining is MAF problems. The stock intake is the best combination of filtration efficiency, freedom, and code free operation that exists. The aftermarket intakes are a complete waste of money, unless you need to run over 70 lb/hr airflow. That is over 32 psi at 3400 rpm. And no box tuner does that really. Eliminating heat soak in the intake is another matter. That is the worst offense, not restriction. Airbox temps of over 200 degrees. And AFE/KN does not help with that.

A V-clamp back exhaust is definately an improvement, or splicing as mentioned earlier, and improvement to egt. The downpipe restriction is significant, but these restrictions are in series, eliminating a lesser restriction does not negate its benefit, just because there is another restriction that is even more. The garden hose idea mentioned proves this. 2 equal length hoses, a 1/2" and 3/4" hose. Put a 1/2 id" washer in each one, and the 3/4" hose still flows more, with less total pressure drop, a fact.
 

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i agree about the cats,i noticed a big difference in the performance of my trucks when i put a straight pipe on it,i use to have the stock pipe with no muffler and no cats with a 4" tip.i didn't gain much better performance by putting in an after market air intake,i also gained 2 miles a gallon by doing the straight pipe and air intake.
 

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you have to go turbo back... cat back systems are more for looks and sound, if you want a true change in performance, X the cats and get a 4 or 5 inch mandrel bent kit... MBRP is one of the easiest to install... looking at about an hour tops in the driveway..
 

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you have to go turbo back... cat back systems are more for looks and sound, if you want a true change in performance, X the cats and get a 4 or 5 inch mandrel bent kit... MBRP is one of the easiest to install... looking at about an hour tops in the driveway..
i agree with what bnkrupt said about the turbo back exhuast,i ran 5" magnaflow on my 06 lbz and i wouldn't switch back to the 4".:fart :gearjamin
 

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STAINLESS STEEL man you can see yourself:cool
 

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i know i wouldn't run anything but stainless steel,
 

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You don't have to limit yourself to store bought kits, you can find a good muffler shop that will insatall a much better exhaust and place it anyway you like for 100's less. Your only problem is some will not bend the law and remove the cat. So you might have to look at more than one place.
 

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I cant think of ANY shops in the Denver area that can mandrel bend 5 inch stainless, match factory mount locations and have a no-drill installation.... definitely going to disagree with you on the price too... you are not only paying for Joe Schmo to build ONE system (at +/-$90/hr) when MBRP builds hundreds a day to precision standards with full warranty.... are you drunk?? And who wants to pay someone to put an exhaust system on? its a simple bolt-on, and if you don't want kats bat enough, thats a do-it-yourself thing too...
 

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they are a few here in ohio that will custom bend up to 5" exhaust but will not eliminate the cats
 

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no wonder!!with that kind fine i wouldn't do it either
 

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why would you pay someone to do a simple bolt on in the driveway?? isn't that half the fun of mods to a truck? I'm still curious what shops will do mandrel bending on command... an "off road" bolt on kit from companies like MBRP would be so much faster, easier, and just as custom.... that post about having a shop make your exhaust kit is just mind boggling to me! there is now way that could be cheaper unless you owned your own shop and still built the kit yourself.
 

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working 6 days a week its hard for me to install all of my axcessories,allthough i try to,but sometimes its just easier to pay someone
 
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