Just get an aftermarket cat for $100 or $200 or just straight pipe it.
The welds on something like a Davico are definitely visible. In the northern states it's rust more than anything that can destroy a cat so I opted to coat mine with some rustproof paint before installing in hopes that it helps some.I will probably give the aftermarket a try. It's cheap and should be a bolt on replacement. If there is an issue I can return it. Past threads made me a bit unsure about it though. Some like it, some don't. I know I read something about the flange being different so we'll see. I definitely won't be doing any welding.
I made ramps for my Insight using 2" x 6" boards. Make each ramp using four boards, one 3 feet long, one 2 feet long and the top board 18" long. You also need to have a tire stopping 2" x 6" short board sticking up vertically at the end so you don't drive off the ramps. Don't make the vertical boars too tall or they may snag on the strakes in front of the tires.I don't own ramps either. I don't normally work on my car. Not the most mechanically inclined I must admit but sometimes I make an attempt. As long as I can get the bolts off I feel It's within my capability.
Ramps work fine.Exhaust bolts can weld themselves on with rust. If you're going to try my suggestion, you'd be wise to soak liberally with PB Blaster /Kroil or equivalent repeatedly over several days before commencing work. Could you drive the car up on ramps to do the work? Parking brake on, in gear and rear wheels chocked? Might just give you enough clearance, buy with 14" wheels, maybe not.
Scott will sell you a set, pre-drilled, for a very reasonable price.If I can get nuts off I will try the defouler first. The nuts look like their fused to the flange after 16 years so I don't think it will be easy. Does anyone know which specific defouler I need? I see people have to drill them out to fit. Is there one for our cars that doesn't require the drilling?
The L shaped ones work, at least what worked with mine. If you decide to take off the bolts spray really well and heat is your friend. I cut n drilled out the rusty bolts and replaced with these. My exhaust was solid but donut gasket was missing. I’ll post defouler I used bolt on. Disclaimer, I have a cvt so may be somewhat different.If I can get nuts off I will try the defouler first. The nuts look like their fused to the flange after 16 years so I don't think it will be easy. Does anyone know which specific defouler I need? I see people have to drill them out to fit. Is there one for our cars that doesn't require the drilling?
Scott will sell you a set, pre-drilled, for a very reasonable price.
Thank you for those links. Yes, mine is the lower one. As far as the number of sensors, I'm not sure. I thought there was just one plugged into it. This is all new to me.
This fit really well. But yours is underneath right? So three sensors?
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