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Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Accessories & Modifications' started by mathewjg, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. romad

    romad 2004 Prīus Base Former Owner (Sold 13 May 22)

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    See the links in my posts 12 & 14 above.

    labworks shows the thickness is 0.086 inches (2.2mm) in an eBay image
     
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    They didn't mention the thickness of the shield. I'm just gonna ask you since you already got it. Can you actually bend the shield by your bare hands?
    Thanks, CCG
     
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    romad 2004 Prīus Base Former Owner (Sold 13 May 22)

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    They show it in the 3rd picture down: s-l1600.jpg The thickness is between 1/16 & 1/8 inches (actually 11/128") so yes you could probably bend an un-installed panel. Remember the aim is to SLOW down and/or to DETER the theft.

    I don't have one yet as we may end up selling the Prius. If we don't then I may get one but only after replacing the battery pack.
     
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    I didn't see that part so yes that .085" of an inch. Yes your absolutely right in slowing down the thieves. I'll still look around for something even atleast 1/8 and if not, then Ill just get this.
    on top of this I have another problem which I don't know if the replacement catalytic assembly will fit my car...
    Maybe you can help me out on this one. I was looking at a catalytic converter replacement and I got an email back from the seller saying it might not fit my car. see the message below.
    But I come to think about it they should be all the same. I got my car used at the Toyota dealer. Its an 07 prius with all the complete package including leather seats, jbl system and the alarm. but its not a touring. The salesman told me its a package 6. CCG Prius specs whatever that means. What I'm trying to say is the conversion was probably done before it came to the US. Anyways this is what the seller told me....

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    Thank you for your reply.
    We checked your vin# and found your car was assembled in Japan, but this converter is not fit for Asian vehicles.
    And there is the converter included in the package, excluded the O2 sensors.
    Any other issues/questions, please contact us freely.
    Regards,.........."
     
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  5. romad

    romad 2004 Prīus Base Former Owner (Sold 13 May 22)

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    You most likely have this 2007 package:

    Package #6 (NR) (Model 1224)
    • Vehicle Stability Control
    • 4 Spoke Leather Steering Wheel
    • Natural Leather Seat Material
    • 2 HID Headlamps
    • Rear Camera
    • JBL AM/FM, CD Changer, 9speakers & Bluetooth & MP3 Audio
    • Smart Key System
    • Alarm & Homelink Security
    • USA EMV & Navigation System
    • Front Fog & Driving Lamps

    From whom are you buying the catalytic convertor? The shields don't include cats. The lowest price I found on Amazon was $114 for a Federal cat.
     
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    Thanks for the info. Yes I have all of those...
    In regards to the catalytic seller, it was somewhere else that I was trying to buy from. In the link you gave me, what are those highlighted numbers below?
    All I want it to fit the catalytic. we actually don't require a smog check here. But atleast I want to put a catalytic so it will help clean the air. would you think this ones you sent is gonna work?
    Catalytic Converter Compatible with Toyota Prius 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 1.5L replaces#31379 36454 16337 18382F
     
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    romad 2004 Prīus Base Former Owner (Sold 13 May 22)

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    It looks like the cats are one piece units from manifold to catback exhaust so you might have to remove the unit, carefully cut out the old cats, then weld in the new cats. To me it would be easier to replace the whole unit as I can't do any welding. My Miata's cat is a bolt-in type between the headers and catback which is MUCH easier than welding.

    I think the numbers are OEM converter numbers, but they could be older numbers from that vendor
     
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    Mine was fairly thick, it didn't bend on its own in just holding it, and it arrived undamaged after traveling across the US in just cardboard so it is rigid enough. I was going to say about .090 as a guess between 1/16 and 1/8. It seems plenty thick, I don't think anything thicker would be any better. If you are concerned about it getting cut open you may want to try and find a stainless steel one, but I think this aluminum one will stop most all people unless they steal the car and do it elsewhere or they have all the time in the world.
    Here is the link: Catalytic Converter Cat shield/Protection/Defender for 2004-2009 Prius kit tool | eBay
    Scroll down in the listing pictures and you'll see the thickness on a closeup pic of a bolt hole.
     
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    I just had to replace the "catback" section of my exhaust. The cat is connected to the back with a clamp, and then bolted to the manifold section. No welding required, but the replacement piece I purchased had to have the pipe "expanded" to slide over the pipe coming from the cat.
     
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