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Can I Remove the Heat Shield?

like alot of you have probably encountered also, the heat shield on my exhaust is rattling. it sounds like its the cat-pipes but i cant tell for sure. can i take the heat shields off the cats and everything or will that do damage?
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like alot of you have probably encountered also, the heat shield on my exhaust is rattling. it sounds like its the cat-pipes but i cant tell for sure. can i take the heat shields off the cats and everything or will that do damage?
Well it will damage the shields...but imho they are useless unless you park in tall extremely dry grass anyways...

Best way to fix them is with a welder, I wish I had one.

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I removed all of mine except the one on the 1st cat. All they do is make the exhaust hotter for emissions and of course cause rattling noises.
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I can take them off?!?!

OMG you have all made my day!!

Mine have been rattling for months. It's too thin to weld imo, not that I can even weld.

Bwahahahaha!!!


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I can take them off?!?!

OMG you have all made my day!!

Mine have been rattling for months. It's too thin to weld imo, not that I can even weld.

Bwahahahaha!!!

Lol, smert.

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Which heat shield are you guys talking about? The exhaust manifold?
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Lol, smert.

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Which heat shield are you guys talking about? The exhaust manifold?
Primarily that one rattles. I would leave the ones on the catcons on because they protect it from burning right through your floor...

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By Federal law you are not supposed to modify the exhaust forward of the secondary catalyst. You can fix it, bring it to a REAL garage and they will tack it for you.
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By Federal law you are not supposed to modify the exhaust forward of the secondary catalyst. You can fix it, bring it to a REAL garage and they will tack it for you.
Too late...

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^^^ lol nice! I've never ran into any legal issues with my cat's all removed, which is beyond the sheilding getting removed. but if they cop wanted to be picky i'm sure he would issue a fix it ticket. :-\ and just so it's clear this was back in South Dakota where there are no emissions so removing a cat just ment legal till your caught kinda thing.

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Interesting, didn't know there was a federal law about it. Makes sense, as there is more of a chance you could start a fire. However, I avoid any kind of tall foliage when offroading even with the shields on, forest fires around here can be devastating. I'll probably still pull the shields off that are rattling, but will take note.

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Interesting, didn't know there was a federal law about it. Makes sense, as there is more of a chance you could start a fire. However, I avoid any kind of tall foliage when offroading even with the shields on, forest fires around here can be devastating. I'll probably still pull the shields off that are rattling, but will take note.
Just have anyone that welds do tack welds, evade the legality BS that way...

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Yeah don't know anyone that welds.

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Yeah don't know anyone that welds.
Ltw=learn to weld. it's easy! Kinda...

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