Date registered: Apr 2004
Location: Edmonton, Alberta & San Tan Valley, Arizona
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Removing emissions controls to restore power?
I just purchased a '78 450SEL.
I am a little dissapointed that the engine is so emissioned up that it is reduced from about 225 bhp to 180 bhp...that 45 bhp lost goes a long way when pulling a 4,000 lb car around town as you guys know. Being the owner of a '72 280SE 4.5 without all that emissions crap, I am used to the 4,520 cc engine's real power.
I hear that the catalytic converter being removed would restore a lot, if not all the lost power. However, the FI system has to be set up again as I have heard.
What do you guys think? Have any experience dealing with this? Look forward to hearing from you...