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Old 10-25-2005, 07:36 PM   #1
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rt cat install

I was wondering how difficult it is to install the rt high flow cat, could it be done w/ a simple jack and hand tools? Also, how do i take that "plate thing" (for lack of a better term) that covers the svt headers? Thanks in advance.


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No clue on the heat shield covering the header.

The install is pretty easy to do, but you need ramps at a minimum... stands would have been better (been higher up). You also need like 16" of extensions to get at some nuts, and a breaker bar would be nice. Other than that it was pretty straight forward to do. The hardest part for me was getting the cat disconnected from the header. I left the O2 sensor on and it was hitting (the oil pan?) making it really fun to remove.

I wouldn't say simple hand tools... maybe have a friend with a decent collection of mechanics tools (don't need much, but I found myself searching through 3 sets of tools... mostly sockets).
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Just remember, make sure your car is cold. or you will baldy burn yourself.
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Ah yes, forgot the most important part! I let mine sit for an hour with the hood popped open and stuff was still warm, but I barely noticed it wearing gloves.

I recommend doing the install on a weekend or if you have off of school/work (like do it the night before you have off) incase you don't have the tools to do it and so you have enough time to install it. I forget how long it took me to do the whole install (getting tools ready, to picking up), but I know it took much longer than I thought - only because I figured the cat would have come off easier.
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Old 10-25-2005, 08:25 PM   #5
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Talking RT cat

would love to hear a sound file with a RT cat installed. not sure yet if i want to go that route trying to keep it quite inside the cabin. its my DD
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i think from jacking it up to clean up it took me 2.5 hours for the orp (same diff on install). i drove the front on ramps and used jack stands in the back, i had plenty of room, and the car felt very stable, even with all the yanking and cussing and such. you need pb blaster, a pipe or something to go over the end of your socket wrench for leverage, at least 16" of extensions, maybe one of those twisty bits(i got by without one, but it woulda been nice), and a whole lotta patience. follow directions if it comes with em, otherwise look it up on here. just type in orp install or rt cat install, etc until you find a thread. most of us that did it went through step by step after it was done. the heat shield on the cat is a beotch, but once you get that off, and the o2 sensors, putting the replacement in is cake.... make sure you use anti sieze on the threads too. hmmmm. if i can think of anything else, i'll add it later.
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