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Hi,

I've had the catalytic converter stolen off my 2008 Kia Sportage LX (2.7L).

I'm wondering if anyone has had experience replacing the catalytic converter with a straight pipe?
Are there issues with the oxygen sensors on this specific model afterwards?

Here is where the cat was cut out:
Tire Wheel Car Vehicle Automotive tire


Thank you for any help.
 

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For anyone that comes across this with the same question.

I had a shop weld in a straight pipe.
I've driven the car about 100km since and haven't noticed any difference. The sound is about the same.
There is no check engine on.
Good luck and may those that steal cats stub their toes every day for the rest of their lives!
 

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The post cat O2 sensor will detect the loss of the converter and should throw a CEL.
Not sure why it didn't on Syntaxc above.

Its an expensive part to replace and a common theft item due to the Nobel metals utilized within.
That said, its really not Kosher to run your vehicle without the Cat, but it can be done.
Go to the parts store and ask for a 'Test Pipe' that will fit your specific vehicle.
Sorry you were caught up in this.....
 

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Syntaxc. I do not have precise measurements. It is down stream of where the cat is located. You can see it from under the vehicle if on a lift.
 

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I ran into this once, tried 2 shops near me about that straight pipe. I was told that I was asking them to break the law and they wouldn't do it. I just bit the bullet and bought a converter.
 
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