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456 : CAT Replacement
Place Holder -- stay tuned.
Currently replacing my CATs, both left and right with non-OEM and 'better' capacity aftermarket ones.
Created a jig, to hold both left and right for TIG welding and will be displaying the photo process, abeit, limited shots of the process. Not a step by step.
Also will supply the mfgr, price, part number and before/after shots of the project. Looks OEM after done. BRIAN had given me my old, Right side CAT after replacing that about four [?] years ago and that was used to make the prototype and process practice runs.
- OEM IF found over $5,000/side for parts although 456-M can be used if welding out the extra sensor plug, still VERY expensive. Labor probably greater than $3,000 to take out, source, and replace. Not a very fun job. Price is more like tens of thousands and probably using used OEM at that!!
- After market with jig, etc. : Thousands less.
I realize many techs will NOT be a fan of this and would steer away for legal, ethical and other reasons, but if it passes SMOG and looks original on casual inspection, then I have no choice but to do as the car doesn't warrant the expensive OEM-CAT replacement. I plan on keeping this car, driving it into the ground, but will bandage it up till then. I wouldn't sell this car as OEM or qualified for obvious reasons.
Lastly, a shameless plug for other 456 owners who want to travel my road with the 'CAT-Person' I am using who would do the same for them. This may be a huge feature for you also.
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Last edited by Granucci; 11-26-2012 at 04:13 PM.