so my cat died and it sounds like shit. so i figure i'll go price out a new one. it turns out that to replace it "correctly" i have to replace the entire y-pipe. turns out that is a $950 part. so there is not a chance in fucking hell i'm going with that option seeing as how that is probly more than a 1/4 of my truck is worth. now the guy said he could cut it out and replace it and the total on that is about $400. but he couldn't guarentee it would pass my emissions test next month. i don't really want to takle this project, although i do have a hoist and a welder. i honestly just don't have the time with me working six day's a week. so what would you guy's suggest? is there anywhere i could find that y-pipe for cheaper? and is this dick full of shit about it not passing an e-test if i just cut it off and weld one in? sorry for the story book and forgive any punctuation/grammar errors. by the way the truck is a 96 silverado 5.7 vortec.