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What is a Universal Fit Catalytic Converter?

Universal Fit catalytic converters are designed by the manufacturer to fit a wide range of applications. With one SKU, or part number, these catalytic converters accommodate many makes and models, and are typically, as a result, more cost-effective options than direct fit converters.

However, due to the one-size-fits-all nature of the design, the installation of a universal fit catalytic converter is not an easy task. It will require the tools necessary to cut the pipes to the appropriate length, to have them fit into the new catalytic converter. Sometimes the complexity of the vehicle’s design makes installing a universal converter a difficult task. Furthermore, universal fit catalytic converters require one to separately buy the vehicle-specific parts and components, and then to assemble these together. Consequently, the physical and time-consuming job of installing a universal catalytic converter is typically performed by professional mechanics who have experience in installing exhaust systems of a certain complexity.

Why should I prefer universal fit?

The universal fit catalytic converter is the preferred option when doing the one-to-one replacement of another universal catalytic converter. It may also be preferred by those willing to go at great length to acquire and install the most cost-efficient catalytic converter. 

In any case, for both a universal fit or direct fit converter, follow the compliance standards specific to your state. Also, when replacing the catalytic converter, take the opportunity to check the oxygen sensors of your vehicle. And if they happen to be defective, replace them.

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