2002 Prius front exhaust assembly

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  1. JamesPartridge

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    I have a 2002 (first gen) Prius, which came with a long, one-piece front exhaust pipe assembly (part # 1741021261) consisting of two catalytic converters and a resonator. On my car, the second of the two cats is rotted out due to rust and leaking exhaust gas, although there is no code present. I would like to avoid buying the entire front assembly, which goes for $950, and would rather have a welding shop cut out the rotted cat and weld in an aftermarket cat. Does anyone know if it would be possible to do this? Would it cause a code? The problem is that the cat in question came with a special actuator mechanism and a hydrocarbon capture device, completely unique to this model, and I'm assuming it would be hard to find one of these used. Since the O2 sensor is forward of the cat in question, and the heat sensor on the second cat I'm assuming is only for operating the actuator, not for generating codes, I'm assuming that the only issue would be ensuring that there is sufficient back-pressure, i.e., that there needs to be a second cat, but not necessarily one with the hydrocarbon capture function. Thanks y'all!

    Art's Automotive website has an excellent article that inspired this idea. In that case, it was the forward of the two cats that needed to be cut out and replaced, which, fortunately for those guys, didn't require any special actuator or HC capture feature.
     
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    Is it your desire to, do your part to keep the environment clean or save money? If it's the former it'll probably cost you that $950 unless you can purchase one used. If it's the latter and you have tools, DIY skills and have an eBay account it will be significantly cheaper.
     
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    Surely removing the second cat with its hydrocarbon absorber component and installing a generic aftermarket cat would increase my environmental impact, but the question was more of a technical one as to whether it would interfere with the road-worthiness of my vehicle and cause a code.
     
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    Walker makes a replacement assembly, but it's not certified for NY or CA and they won't ship to either state. It's under $300, but you'd need to ship to another state (ie. Vermont or Ohio) and go pick it up.

    Alternately, the Pull a part here has two Gen 1, but I don't know if they recycle the cats. Shipping is possible (tho probably not cheap. If they have one (been meaning to go anyhow) do you want me to see if I can get the better of two?

    Later, follow up. I looked at the 03 at the JY, they had recycled the cats--no luck
     
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    I guess it's true about the environmental impact, but look at it this way, It's better to have something for a working cat than nothing at all. Seems to me if it doesn't set codes, you're pretty much golden.
     
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    Thanks! How would I go about finding that part? I'm having trouble locating it on the Walker website.
     
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    BOSAL 0961650 Premium Load; DAVICO 58290 {#18270}; EASTERN CATALYTIC 40544 ECO II

    These are all listed on Rock Auto. I would suggest you discuss these with a muffler shop. In NY, you may not be able to have them installed because of emission regs. However a day trip to a neighboring state could get it done Call ahead and have your parts shipped to the shop.. Midas did mine in Tucson for a bit more than $100 labor in the past year or two.
     
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