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Will removing the 3rd cat have much of a negative effect on emissions output?

I'm in NY where the laws fairly strict. I'd like to go with just two high-flow front cats and remove the 3rd.
 

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I removed mine and went through state inspection (New Jersey) with flying colors.

not all of them came with 3 cats
 

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AFAIK, OBDII cars in NY do not need to pass a sniffer test. They just hook a scanner up to the test port and the car's computer tells the inspection computer if it passes or not. Usually, as long as you are not throwing codes, you should be fine.

As for the cats themselves, the computer only sees the front two cats, so you could remove the 3rd and put on a y pipe with no troubles. On my car (which used to pass NY emissions very well with this setup) I removed all three cats. The OEM front two are two stage cats (hydrocarbon and CO) while the 3rd is a three stage (hydrocarbon, CO, and NOx). I replaced all three with two three stage high flow cats. My first sniffer test with this setup (in 2003) was better than its first inspection in 1994.
 

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Awesome replies, thanks for the confirmation.

For the record, my 95 is not OBDII. I believe that started in 96.
 

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while your 95 is OBD-II it won't be treated as such when getting emissions done more than likely (here in AZ you would have to hook up to the sniffer and go on the rollers, while my 97 and 00 it is hooked up to the diagnostic port only. NO VISUAL at all, don't look under the hood under the car, just the gas cap).
 

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Those Ford Manufactures Motor Vehicle Specification PDF files show all three are three way cats.

I don't think there has been a two way cat on a gas powered vehicle since early 1980s.
 

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My '92 Cougar with the 3.8 only has two cats. There is a resonator after the cats. A lot of people mistake the resonator as a third cat.
 

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How did this get on the topic of the number of cats the car has? We were talking about the functionality of the cat (2-way vs. 3-way). All 4.6L cars came with 3 cats. I believe all CA cars came with 3 cats, and all OBDII cars came with 3 cats. What I was originally saying is that none of them are 2-way cats, like someone had said earlier.
 

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the 4.6 birds got OBDII in 94

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while your 95 is OBD-II it won't be treated as such when getting emissions done more than likely (here in AZ you would have to hook up to the sniffer and go on the rollers, while my 97 and 00 it is hooked up to the diagnostic port only. NO VISUAL at all, don't look under the hood under the car, just the gas cap).
You both tweaked my curiosity. I purchased an Actron CP9145 several months back for my wifes car. When purchasing there was optional OBDI cable available for up to 1995 fords. So I figured that meant me (I didn't buy it). I just now found on the Actron website a list of Ford/Lincoln/Mercury 94-95 vehicles that are OBDII Compliant, and YES the 94 and 95 4.6 birds are OBDII.

So thanks John, I'm excited to go scan my car now.

Anyway, Bangster, why do you say it won't be treated as such. You are right for whatever reason as I do still get the old style NY State inspection. Why is this the case if the car is OBDII? Maybe they're mistaken like I was thinking that it started in 96?

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hopefully this link will work: (page 2 of pdf)
http://www.actron.com/media/categories/Ford_EEC-IV_MECS_Charts_CP9128_CP9131.pdf

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How did this get on the topic of the number of cats the car has? We were talking about the functionality of the cat (2-way vs. 3-way). All 4.6L cars came with 3 cats. I believe all CA cars came with 3 cats, and all OBDII cars came with 3 cats. What I was originally saying is that none of them are 2-way cats, like someone had said earlier.

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Will removing the 3rd cat have much of a negative effect on emissions output?

I'm in NY where the laws fairly strict. I'd like to go with just two high-flow front cats and remove the 3rd.
 

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I cut my resonator out tonight while playing under the car to see how much louder it would be. It was a waste of time imho with the three cats still there!
I'm going to look into two high flow cats and delete the third as well like sabarth is thinking.
I see master486 passes with only two cats, so I will look into this further as well.
Anyone else running just two cats and go through emmisions, please let us know how you do too please :)
 

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Soo on my 96 4.6 I have the two cats up fron't and that ones right behnd the back seats so to speak then the mufflers near the back bumer? Assuming that thing by the back seats under the car is a cat, doers it help performance at all to be removed?
 
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