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Catalytic Converter Theft Protection

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CalCruiser

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Re: Catalytic Converter Theft Protection
« Reply #45 on: April 07, 2023, 09:01:43 pm »
2 or 4 hands  installation? What’s the weight of the dual strap rv kit?
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Re: Catalytic Converter Theft Protection
« Reply #46 on: April 09, 2023, 08:45:08 pm »
CALCRUISER: I did it myself (so two hands) but wouldn't say it was easy (I hate working on the ground under vehicles). All told with getting the parts (Home Depot and 3 Auto parts stores because 31/2" muffler clamps are not stocked in high quantities), getting the RV in the air, installing the straps, painting and engraving, it l took the better part of a day. I started by securing the straps in the front and working my way back. Used bar clamps to get good contact where necessary , strapped or muffler clamped it down and then move back to the next section.  It felt like spring steel layers inside the sheath so it did not bend and take a set. The hardest part was at the front of the CAT where the flange is only a few inches away so getting it clamped down between the flange and the CAT tight enough so I could get the nuts started on that muffler clamp, not fun. Couple of disappointments in the kit are the SS ties they provide which I didn't think held very well (unless I did them wrong) and the spacers they provide for between the muffler clamp and the pipes did not fit around the strap. I'm pretty sure they are made for the cable straps they sell for other applications. I did not use the spacers and added their straps only in between the hose clamps that were actually doing the work. Regarding weight of the kit, I'm not sure really but do remember when I first picked it up thinking "not as heavy as I thought it would be" . Guessing maybe 5 pounds for the whole thing?