BEWARE! Gen 3 catalytic converters are as easy to steal and Gen 2's.

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  1. xliderider

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    I made a ramp so I can roll the floor jack up onto the riser. Almost threw out my back lifting the jack when I was test fitting it on the riser.

    I also decided to take a minimalist approach for the platform, there's only 4x4 blocks under the wheels of the jack instead of the whole platform being solid wood (heavy)!

    Just have to fasten everything down and add some wheel stops and side rails so the jack can't roll off the riser. 20210508_121407.jpeg 20210508_121548.jpeg

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    Pyramid builders in your ancestry? (Rhetorical :))
     
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    I have Scepter ramps that I regularly use for oil changes, Race Ramps, the Quick Jack 3500, but my favorite is the Safejacks Rennstands which provides 16-1/2 inch of clearance.

    If you raise the front pinch weld, the rear tire is at least two inches above the ground, where I can support with an Esco jack stand.



    Just raising one side allows easy access to many components including the exhaust system and easy tire rotation. best jackstands.jpg That's what I used to paint the catalytic converter, preheater and resonator.
     
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    Finally installed the cat shields today. I didn't use the ramp I built in the end.

    I was able to get 16 inches of clearance below the frame rails. It was still a tight fit working under the car, and getting enough leverage on the rivet tool and drill to bore the necessary extra holes was very difficult.

    I couldn't get enough leverage on the rivet tool on stainless steel 1/4 inch rivets, so I ended up using the included all aluminum rivets.

    It's so uncomfortable working under the car, I'm hoping that any thieves don't want to spend time drilling out the rivets to remove my stainless steel mesh reinforced cat shields.

    Sorry for the backwards pictures, I used the selfie mode on the front camera, so the pictures are mirror images. 20210508_205403.jpeg 20210508_205429.jpeg

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    I know folks are trying to prevent theft, but a jerk with a cordless Metabo wheel ... wouldn't even take a minute to get through those pieces of sheet metal.

    for that matter, a skill saw would do it, and sound like regular old construction to anyone that noticed.

    it might be money well spent to use an after market cat that is much much cheaper, and sell your high dollar oem for profit.
     
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    on my way now to cut off my oem cat to sell off and replacing it with a aftermarket to come out ahead. The aftermarket cat would deter theifs and I get a new bottle of wine, win win!
     
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    For those who have installed cat shields, warning stickers or no stickers on the windows?

    For home security systems, there's two schools of thought on yard signs and window stickers. Warn thieves away, or advertise the type of security system you have, so that they know it's weaknesses and make it easier to steal from you.

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    No stickers on mine;).

    I'll let the surprise be evident when they put forth effort:).

    It should elicit the "move along this won't be easy" response(y).
     
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    Just saw this OfferUp listing in Honolulu, someone's selling steel bolt on cat shields from $450 and up.

    I'd say, with the wording on the shield's, I would think that you'd end up with at least a heavily keyed car, or a smashed window. Screenshot_20210509-072431_OfferUp.jpeg Screenshot_20210509-072420_OfferUp.jpeg Screenshot_20210509-072409_OfferUp.jpeg

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    cool. are you replacing a gen 3 cat ?

    I'm not finding much info about 3rd generation aftermarket replacements. as soon as I do, I'll remove my OEM and replace it, pocketing the difference
     
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    $20 worth of steel sheet and $10 worth of plasma cutter time = $450 "kit"

    and you still gotta pay a welder ($$$$) to dab it into place
     
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