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post #31 of 193 (permalink) Old 09-19-2007, 06:54 PM
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No problem, bring it over early and I'll put it on ramps and a fan on it. You already did the run several times. You can ride in the support vehicle and take back the potluck. I've done work like this on spirit when I had to remove the right engine mount and jack the motor to replace the timing belt.

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If you go on the run before you guys do the install you will have a very hard time the system will be really hot. Not the best idea doing it at the meet. I think you need at least 4 hours cooling time. I dropped mine off a day in advance so it would be cool.
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I got the complete instructions for the Cat install and the bung relocation as a download in the e-mail from Solo confirming the shipping date of the Cat and giving me the tracking number from the delivery company which is DHL. So look carefully at your shipping confirmation e-mail from Jeff and you can download a hard copy there if you need it. (Although Lil Goat has done the honors above) Can't hardly wait for Lil Goat's report, I'm sure it will be the first we hear.
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I got the complete instructions for the Cat install and the bung relocation as a download in the e-mail from Solo confirming the shipping date of the Cat and giving me the tracking number from the delivery company which is DHL. So look carefully at your shipping confirmation e-mail from Jeff and you can download a hard copy there if you need it. (Although Lil Goat has done the honors above) Can't hardly wait for Lil Goat's report, I'm sure it will be the first we hear.
Thanks...I already just copied lil goat's instructions into Word and printed it out. My cat should be installed by tomorrow afternoon. Car is going in today. I will have dyno numbers also.

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Hi. Yes it is very important to have your car cool down completely before taking apart the 4 top nuts that bolt the cat to the turbo. The studs are stainless and you want to take great care not to break them. The stainless studs usually break flush or even inset and then it's very time consuming to repair this. Here are a few points that may help.
1) Let the car cool down completely.
2) Spray small amounts of penetrating fluid on the nuts/stud.
3) Don't force the nuts off. If they bind work them back and forth.

Just because you have them off the battle is still not won. You could break the studs when you re-tighten to the new cat.
1) Make sure the nut is not cross threaded.
2) If it binds going on and it's not cross threaded, apply a small dab of grease or penetrating fluid to the stud to help the nut along.
3) Tighten evenly and don't over tighten.

Professional installation is recommended. If you are doing it yourself please call 905-703-1557 or 905-897-6833 if you start having trouble. Don't wait until the trouble gets deep, call early on and possibly save yourself some big frustration.
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PS. Make sure you retain your stock cat if you're getting the install done at a shop. Many times they want to keep them or they "loose" them. The recycle value of your cat is somewhere between $70 and $90.
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PS. Make sure you retain your stock cat if you're getting the install done at a shop. Many times they want to keep them or they "loose" them. The recycle value of your cat is somewhere between $70 and $90.
Where do you take it to get the 70-90 dollars?

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You could always ship it to Buffalo!! I'm not sure in the NY area but if you checked around with metal recyclers, even your local mufflershop, or the install shop that you are using I bet they could tell you. I think you would want to hold onto it though. When you sell the vehicle or trade it in it's always good to have it. The recyclers are after the platinum, palladium, and rhodium thats in the cat.
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You could always ship it to Buffalo!! I'm not sure in the NY area but if you checked around with metal recyclers, even your local mufflershop, or the install shop that you are using I bet they could tell you. I think you would want to hold onto it though. When you sell the vehicle or trade it in it's always good to have it. The recyclers are after the platinum, palladium, and rhodium thats in the cat.
Gotcha...I think I'm going to hold on to it for safe keeping, just in case I decide to sell it in later years. Did you see Norm's rear diffuser? It looks amazing!

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I just spoke with the installer doing my cat, he is doing it on a lift and says it is a lot of work, mostly it's a real pain getting the old cat off. I am glad I am having it done and didn't try it myself. I just spoke with the installer again, he agrees with Jeff this is not something you really want to do in your drive way. I hasn't been easy even with a lift. He was really glad we left it over night before he started the install, he started it and had to make an adjustment, had to wait almost an hour before he could touch it and it only ran for 2 minutes. This one is better left to the pro's or those with access to a lift.

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Its not really that much work, once you lift the engine couple inches it should slide right out. It took 30 minutes for Ray to pull the old cat and install the hiflow one, but he's a seasoned pro and had done it plenty of times

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Tha cat is on, you won't sneak up on anybody that is for sure. It is very loud for the first 80 miles or so then it quiets down quite a bit. I can see a noticable improvement in power in the low end, but it may just be the tune and cat working together. I like it. I have the Solo Street Race so this is the loudest possible configuration, It's not bad. Seems loudest taking off from a stop, not bad at all cruising. The installer was not happy with me, he said the install is a, challenge yea that's what he said NOT.

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Hi Lil Goat. Glad you got the cat on and you like it. It's too bad that the first impression is a bad one. I'm not sure if you were there when the guys first started it up, but that's when it sounds the worst. Very blatty. It smooth ens out over time. You'll probably notice that it will get even smoother and nicer over the next 2-3 weeks as the car adjusts. Happy driving, you should be going sideways now. Lol. Thanks.
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My installer looked at it today and said it looked like a 30-45 minute install. They are a world- class shop. They will be putting it on Monday, as the car has been there since Friday having custom aluminum intercooler pipes made for it. They said that took almost the entire day because of test fitting, bending, and waiting for a BOV flange delivery to show up. I will let you know my impressions on Monday, as the car will also be getting dyno'd.

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