All orders must be prepaid. We accept VISA, MasterCard
and American Express. Purchases can also be shipped UPS collect
for an additional charge to D&B rated buisnesses.
Shipping or delivery charges are extra and vary depending
on the size and weight of an item. Our shipping cutoff time
is 3:00 PM. We are centrally located in Illinois. Ground shipping
times are 1 day in many parts of the midwest, 2 to 3 days
on the east coast, and 3 to 4 days for the west coast and
Florida. Note that ground shipping transit times are NOT guaranteed.
Guaranteed next day services are available for an additional
You have up to 14 days from the day you receive a product
from Smith Brothers to return an unused product for a full
refund, less shipping. You must contact us in advance to advise
us of any product return. Any product returns must be in clean
and new condition. Once a product is installed on a vehicle,
it may be returned only if a warranty situation applies.
Warranties, in the rare case they are necessary, are provided
by the respective manufacturer of the product you are purchasing.
Note that most manufacturers require proof of engine tune-up
done in conjunction with the converter purchase, by a qualified
garage, dealership or repair facility before they will warranty
a converter. The manufacturer is the final determinator if
a warranty credit is issued. Other than the warranties provided
by the manufacturer, there are no other guarantees or warranties,
expressed or implied, provided by Smith Brothers. In no event
shall Smith Brothers be liable for indirect, incidental, or
consequential damage, even if advised in advance of the possibility
of such damages.
Remanufactured products may vary from depictions, depending
on availability in the market place. For example, hangers
may vary on converters. Gaskets are not included with converters.
In the rare case we can not locate a remanufactured converter
for you, we can rebuild many converters. Depending on where
you are located in the continental US, rebuilding a converter
will take from 4 to 8 business days. All rebuilds must be
We do not share any information provided by our customers
to us with any outside party.
regarding catalytic converters may vary from state to state.
Please familiarize yourself with the following federal laws
and regulations before ordering.
CONDITIONS FOR REPLACEMENT
To any person repairing or installing any exhaust system,
the Clean Air Act, as amended 1990, requires that:
AFTERMARKET CATALYTIC CONVERTERS MAY ONLY BE INSTALLED IN
THE FOLLOWING SITUATIONS:
1. If the vehicle is missing a converter; *
2. If a State or local inspection program has determined that
the existing converter has been lead-poisoned, damaged, or
otherwise rendered ineffective and needs replacement. Retain
a copy of this statement from any government inspection or
enforcement agency for your records;
3. If the vehicle is over five (5) years old, or has more
than 50,000 miles, or eight (8) years old or 80,000 miles
for 1995 and newer model vehicles, AND a legitimate need for
replacement has been established and documented.* This situation
normally would include only plugged converters or those damaged
to the point where unrepairable exhaust leaks are present.
See * DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS below.
Catalytic converters are emission control devices which are
designed to last the life of the vehicle and do not normally
require replacement. Furthermore, if the vehicle is properly
used and maintained, original converters are covered by the
emissions control warranty for 5 years/50,000 miles, or 8
years/80,000 miles for 1995 and newer models. Federal law
prohibits any person from replacing these devices except under
limited circumstances (ABOVE).
* DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS *
In order to establish and document that the circumstances
permitting replacement of an original or missing converter
with an aftermarket converter meeting the required performance
criteria exist, the Installer must complete the INSTALLER’S
WARRANTY SHEET. The installer and the vehicle owner must sign
the statement establishing and documenting catalytic converter
- A copy of the completed warranty sheet must be attached
to the invoice and retained by the installer for six (6) months
- Also, the replaced converter(s), if any, must be retained
by the installer for at least fifteen (15) days from the date
- The installer must install each replacement catalytic converter
according to EPA policy, as described in the INSTALLATION
INSTALLATION REQUIREMENTS FOR AFTERMARKET CATALYTIC
EFFECTIVE BY FEDERAL POLICY, AUGUST 5, 1986
The following is the Federal Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations*
for the proper installation of replacement catalytic converters:
1. Replacement catalytic converters may be installed only
in situations as defined in the CONDITIONS FOR REPLACEMENT.
2. Replacement catalytic converters must be installed in the
same location as the original converter.
3. Replacement catalytic converters must be the same type
of converter as the original converter (i.e., oxidation, three-way,
or three-way-plus oxidation);
4. Replacement catalytic converters must be the proper converter
for the vehicle application as determined and specified by
5. Replacement catalytic converters must be connected properly
to any existing air injection or temperature or oxygen sensing
components on the vehicle.
6. Replacement catalytic converters must be installed with
all the other required converters for the particular application
if more than one converter was installed originally by the
vehicle manufacturer; or in the case of new aftermarket converters,
if more than one converter was specified by the converter
7. Installers must complete the INSTALLER’S WARRANTY
SHEET, and sign it, as also the vehicle owner.
*VIOLATIONS of one or more of these installation requirements
could result in the installer being liable for a penalty of
up to $25,000 for each violation, under provisions set forth
in the EPA tampering prohibition law specified in Section
203 of the Clean Air Act, 42 US Code, Section 7522, amended
in 1990, and under the CARB rules and regulations pertaining
to aftermarket catalytic converters.