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Old 08-23-2007, 03:50 PM   #1
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I searched around the forum, and it seems like people are paying about $40-50 to get a high-flow cat welded onto their car.

I called around locally, and everyone seems to want $70-100, and that'* IF they'll even use my parts. About half of the shops question why I'd even want a cat on my car!

The best place I called initially said $100 installed for a Magnaflow, or $30 labor. Sweet, right? Well, I walked in today to see what model they would use, and perhaps get it done, and suddenly it'* $150 for parts and labor, or $40-70 for labor alone! When I told them what I'd been quoted earlier, they reduced it to $130 for parts and labor. I guess phone quotes aren't worth much anymore...

So seriously, where are you guys getting yours welded on for $40-50?

I hate to go back to these guys, but so far, they're still my best local quote.
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people are paying 40-50 in labor alone.. get your cat off ebay for 40 and then go to the shop and have it installed for the quoted 40-70
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It was 25 here at a ghetto shop, but they keep the old cat.

it only takes 20 minutes to install.

Avoid the chains, go to the mom and pop muffler shops
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Very good advice, you have a little room to work them down on price....usually

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Not much choice there. Most chains I called won't touch customer parts.

Most of the mom 'n pop places around here won't give me a simple quote. It'* either labor by the hour (scary), or they won't even guess until it'* up on their hoist. Annoying as heck.

I suppose I'll bite the bullet and go back to the shop with the magical changing quotes. It'* just not the first time they've done this to me, and I don't really like their attitude, anyway. Their motto could be "Relatively cheap auto repair, with a heaping dose of condescension and attitude!" or "Who needs professionalism?"

I've searched the threads and I know pretty well what fits. Is the Magnaflow 94006 or the 91006 the current hi-flow of choice? I'm leaning towards the larger 94006 since it'll be closer to the stock size, and I'd rather it was a bit more quiet than fast.
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or they won't even guess until it'* up on their hoist. Annoying as heck.

I suppose I'll bite the bullet and go back to the shop with the magical changing quotes. It'* just not the first time they've done this to me, and I don't really like their attitude, anyway. Their motto could be "Relatively cheap auto repair, with a heaping dose of condescension and attitude!" or "Who needs professionalism?"

I've searched the threads and I know pretty well what fits. Is the Magnaflow 94006 or the 91006 the current hi-flow of choice? I'm leaning towards the larger 94006 since it'll be closer to the stock size, and I'd rather it was a bit more quiet than fast.
I would let a shop put it up on a lift to give you a quote (that’* what I did). Just because you let them look at doesn’t mean your locking the deal in. If I was going to work on someone’* car I would want to see what I have to work with before hand too. Let them know you are shopping around and would like a quote from them. Chances are they will give you a better price if they know you are/have been looking around.

As for the size of that cat… A 3” cat is not going to be much if any louder then a 2.5” cat. IMO I say a highflow cat makes your exhaust tone deeper, slightly louder on a OEM exhaust system.

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I had it on one lift already yesterday. I may get it on a few more tomorrow. It'* just a lot of time and gas to actually drive around getting quotes. Not unreasonable, I guess, but annoying to me.

As for the size of the cat, I meant the length/capacity. Pipe diameter is the same between them @ 2.5.
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I had a Midas install the cat on my 93 for about $80 labor. Its on the high end, but thats the going price around here.
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I had a Midas install the cat on my 93 for about $80 labor. Its on the high end, but thats the going price around here.
Thanks. I'll feel less screwed now.

I was under the car changing the oil today, so I measured where my cat was at one time. Looks like about 16", same length as a 94006. So... hopefully I can get one put in for more like the $40 vs. the $70, since there shouldn't be any need for additional pipe.

Of course, I neglected to measure diameter while I was down there. Pretty sure it'* 3.5", being an SSE, but I'll have to be sure before I buy.
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Of course, I neglected to measure diameter while I was down there. Pretty sure it'* 3.5", being an SSE, but I'll have to be sure before I buy.
Yeah if that is a diesel SSE :P . Otherwise I think it should be 2.25"
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