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De-cat bad for the turbo?

HIGGINS Dec 12, 2011

  1. HIGGINS

    HIGGINS Member

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    Basically ill try and cut the story down.

    I have a custom straight through cat back and i went to my local exhaust place to get them to remove the cat. They basically said they can do it but it could destroy my turbo within half a year as it will be spooling up too quick.

    Is this true? :S

    Im sure theres ALOT of people with straight through pipes
     
  2. sportstractor

    sportstractor Chugger

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    Not true, that's why turbos have a internal waste gate. Just sounds like somebody trying to be a know it all
     
  3. HIGGINS

    HIGGINS Member

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    I mean i didnt believe it really my self but i thought it must be true as they are an established exhaust centre :S

    So should i just get it done? :p
     
  4. sportstractor

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    What car is it? You don't get cats on diesels?
     
  5. sportstractor

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    Oh iv just been informed you do get cats, but they are different to petrol cats.

    I personally wouldn't remove it, unless you massively modding it ( ie bigger nozzles, custom map)
     
  6. dunk

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    Audi diesels have a cat, and you can remove it and still pass an mot. Removing it will improve flow, increase turbo spool and reduce turbo temps- particularly worth it if you use a hybrid turbo that usually spool slower cos of the heavier compressor wheel
     
  7. George 1982

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    I've just bought a decat for my 130 pd before I go in for a remap.....hope this line about killing turbos is wrong !
     
  8. adamss24

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    Some small turbo's are known to surge and by removing the cat you experience "boost creep" which means the turbo overboosts even with the vanes fully closed ! Surging is very bad for turbo/engine as it can lift heads and snap the shaft which almost every time could lead to hydrolock !
    If you have a KP39 or Garett GT1749 Va i suggest you leave the cat in place ! I would remove the cat if you have a bigger, slower spooling turbo...
     
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  9. Gaz!

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    Any need George? How is it?

    Would anyone know the turbo fitted to the 130 pd 2002 engine please?
     
  10. adamss24

    adamss24 Well-Known Member

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    GT1749VA, read my above post...de-cat will work but do not expect it to last a lifetime !
     

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