It has been a while since I stocked my converters with the 409 stainless steel extensions welded on. Occasionally someone asks for one. So I may stock some again. Price would be higher. Maybe $120ish with clamps. Worth my time? Not CA approved. 49 state only.
The alternative is a 409 stainless steel cat that holds up long term and mild steel extensions that rust away in so many years. My cats have 409 stainless steel extensions welded on and include 304 stainless steel clamps. No clamps would be around $105ish. This is why I started making them to replace the OEM converter (which is several inches longer than aftermarket cats) while retaining the original factory exhaust system. Those that used an aftermarket cat (all aftermarket cats as far as I know are 409 stainless steel) and used your typical mild steel exhaust pipe extensions saw a short life before the extensions rusted away.
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Those that used an aftermarket cat and used your typical mild steel exhaust pipe extensions saw a short life before the extensions rusted away.
Rodney, I understand completely the reason for the added cost of your superior cats/extensions. However, from what I've read in these forums, many people couldn't care less about spewing noxious fumes out their exhaust tips. That's rather unfortunate as we all need to breathe the same air... whether we have smog tests in our respective cities or not.
I've planned ahead with a couple of my Fieros and grabbed cats on eBay for a good price... but for anyone who needs a cat quickly and hasn't got time to snag a deal on eBay, your cats would definitely be a worthwhile investment.
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It is a bonus that a separate purchase of an inferior metal pipe extension isnt needed, (and then welded or clamped on too). The price you are asking jives with others that have the length of pipe included, and beats the Fierostore. I guess we dont know how many youd have to sell to make overhead back though.
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Actually ...................... I've been looking at the Fiero Store for a cat. Was going to be ordering it next week. However, I would much rather have one of yours. Wouldn't happen to have one laying around, would you? 88 2M4. 185000 miles, gas mileage dropped as well as the get up and go and sulphur smell getting bad.
Rodney, put me down for one with clamps. / 86 2.8.
------------------ "Kilgore Trout once wrote a short story which was a dialogue between two pieces of yeast. They were discussing the possible purposes of life as they ate sugar and suffocated in their own excrement. Because of their limited intelligence, they never came close to guessing that they were making champagne." - Kurt Vonnegut
I once bought a cheaper stainless replacement catalytic converter other than the Rodney Dickman one, and its pipes just outside that cheaper cat completely rusted through quickly because although that cat itself was stainless, the pipes connecting it to the remainder of the car's exhaust system were not.
In contrast, the catalytic converter offered by Rodney Dickman which I bought several years ago was completely stainless, and I still have that set-up on my Fiero, a year-round daily driver.
My purchase from someone else, in hindsight, was a major mistake of "false economy" on my part because it ended up costing me far more money than a truly all-stainless --- including its stainless connecting pipes --- cat system from Rodney Dickman would have cost me in the first place.
Trying to get an '85 GT back on the road for a friend, and it has no cat. I have no welder, so this would be wonderful, and I was sad to see you stopped carrying these. Though I'm sure they are a slow moving product, as the stainless steel will last a very long time. I would definitely purchase one.