Sorry, but you are missing the point. The $10K fine is aimed at shops that remove or alter cats/pollution controls. You as an owner can plead ignorance and pay the lesser fine. Any shop owner in most US states who value their DMV license or business certificate will refuse any work involving tampering or removal of pollution controls.
In Australia you (an individual) can be fined up to $10k for removing a catalytic converter. I personally know of someone who was fined $3k for having a "pretend straight through converter".
you make it seem like we are going to dump the exhaust right out the middle of the car you know there are things call exhaust pipes right ???You start feeling a little woozy, experience tunnel vision, and crash into the rear end of
a cop car!!!
right... that is exactly why NASCAR has all those crashes...Have you seen those guys get out of the car after a race???!!!you make it seem like we are going to dump the exhaust right out the middle of the car you know there are things call exhaust pipes right ???
I guess this is why NASCAR always has crashes
To play devil's advocate, the rebuttal will be that because the 1.4L MultiAir has a turbo, there will be more benefit to removing the cat than with a Honda Civic.Cut and paste from Wikipedia:
A 2006 test on a 1999 Honda Civic showed that removing the stock catalytic converter netted a 3% increase in horsepower; a new metallic core converter only cost the car 1% horsepower, compared to no converter.
 Jump up to: a b "Beat the Law". Import Tuner. 1 October 2006. Archived from the original on 28 February 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
Instead spending the money on removing the catalytic converter (parts and labor), why not spend that money on a professional driving lesson? I suspect the skills they can teach you (for a similar price) will enable you to drive faster than your current skill set + the 2 - 5 horse power increase from removing the catalytic converter.
I'm not saying you are an unskilled driver, but a lot of speed comes from the driver's skill sets NOT the car's potential.