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    I got an e-mail from Rockauto.com concerning catalytic converters. According to the e-mail, you'll only be able to purchase CARB certified catalytic converters after June 1st, 2013. Should any of us be concerned? Do local parts places have to send all of their cats back to the factory?
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    Is this a local thing or nationwide?
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    "California Air Research Board" -- enough said.
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    To be honest, given the utter shit cats that a lot of resellers are hawking, I'm fine with this. I've gotten to the point where, on stock applications, I will no longer install an aftermarket cat. They all suck ass, and none seem to pass efficiency tests for more than a few months.

    I'm sure that at least one of my techs will agree with this.
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    Anything with CARB mentioned can't be good. Any recommendations of what to buy for my '85 Golf? Mine gutted itself and I'd like to make it less noxious.
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    I'd pick up a high flow Magnaflow or something similar.
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    so does this mean that they'll no longer be able to sell high flow cats or is it limited to just online resellers?
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    I guess it means that:

    1. No more used catalytic converter sales/installs/recycling. Period.
    2. Any catalytic converter installed after June 1st, 2013 will have to be CARB certified. From what I've seen, the price difference is up to 30% on certain models, but as Jason said, if it means improving the overall quality of the catalytic converter market, I'm not going to complain. I just hope that, if they're slowly turning CARB standards into a more nationwide standard, that we have inexpensive ways of achieving the certification locally for NY sales. Doesn't make sense to ship all that metal to CA just to be valid for sale in NY.
    3. You can still get a high-flow cat, as long as is passes CARB certification...
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    CARB sucks! I live in Cali and had to find a stock air box to pass smog because my intake wasn't CARB approved. They are very strict on EVERYTHING in cali, but it also does mean that it is a quality part if it is CARB approved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lite1979 View Post
    3. You can still get a high-flow cat, as long as is passes CARB certification...
    thast what i mean, wouldnt hi flow cat not equate to CARB certified whatsoever. my theory would be that if there was a CARB certified hi flow cat, then it would be marginally better than stock. from my limited knowledge of CARB certification, it aims to achieve equal or better emmisions standands.
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