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NEED HELP! Replacing '02 Front Cats


RangerDangerNorth

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Hi everyone. Just got this '02 Ranger XLT 4x4 Off-Road and it came with an exhaust leak. After diagnosis I've pinned it down to one of the front cats and the muffler. Muffler is an easy fix, just going to replace the entire cat-back exhaust with a new system. As for the front cat that's leaking, that's a different story. I can order an OEM front cat, but the old one's bolts that connect it to the back cats through a tri-screw flange, don't even look like bolts anymore (pictures below). Has anybody replaced their front cats ever and can recommend a solution? Or if anybody has seen bolts look like the ones I have and managed to get them off without damaging the connection (because I'm keeping the back-cats, therefore need the connection intact) I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

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That looks really bad. You may have to replace the entire catalytic converter system. You might see if a muffler shop can weld on a new flange to connect to, but I think that is unlikely.
 

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I would personally just take it to a reputable exhaust shop and have them do it. They do this stuff all day every day. Sometimes it's just money well spent...
 

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I bet it comes apart fairly easily if you hack off the bolt heads and nuts with a cutoff wheel on a grinder/dremel.
 


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