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Old 06-25-2008, 09:05 PM
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Would the stock cat be worth anything off of my 01 if I sold it for scrap? I took it in to get the Magnaflow installed and asked for the stock back but just wondering if it's worth anything. Is there a way to tell if it's clogged from looking through it? Should I even waste my time with trying to sell this or are they not worth much from these trucks? I keep hearing how much catalytic converters are worth nowadays so figured it might be worth selling this one for scrap if it's actually worth something.
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They actually gave you the stock one back!?!?

They are supposed to save the stock and return it to the Feds. They could get fined big time for giving it back to you. Not that that is your problem... Something to do with the EPA.

I know they are often stolen, especially in the Detroit area, off of vehicles because they have some precious metals inside I guess.
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They haven't yet but I asked for it back when I get the truck back. Why would they have to return it to the feds? If I had cut if off wouldn't I be able to sell it for scrap? When I worked at a shop they used to just put them in a pile for some guy to come by and buy them.
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Hmmm. My shop told me they had to keep it to give to the Feds to prove that they replaced a cat. I have no idea, maybe they were BSing me.
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Old 06-25-2008, 10:19 PM
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I just noticed some sellers of the magnaflows on ebay are offering you 20 bucks if you send your old cat back, so evidentally something is going on with them.
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they're worth a small fortune.
turning old cats in to the feds is BS. what a liar. does anyone believe there is a national cat pile somewhere ? they're selling them for scrap.
contact a couple of local scrap yards for prices.

here's an example of their scrap value.
oem converters bring $50-100 each.
for some reason, aftermarkets are worth little ??
http://www.integritymetalscompany.co...terPrices.html

i think i'll go into the midnight sawsall business...
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So what would they do if someone came in with no cat and wanted one put on? Then they wouldn't have one to prove they replace it. Maybe they are supposed to do that but I don't see how thats right at all. I know cats are selling for a lot so I'd want to keep it to sell it but I don't know if shops do that or are supposed to turn them in or what.
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Stock cats are worth money, somewhere in the ballpark of 50-100 bucks, aftermarkets arent worth a pinch of ****.

Cats contain a whole bunch of precious metals, the catch is, in order to sell your cat, all the honeycombing needs to be inside of the cat. If your cat is plugged all the better, that means that everything is in there. Hell bring it in to a local salvage yard and see what they give you.

and the feds thing is total bs. when you bring one in you may need to sign your name and give your social just to prove its you and if one comes in stolen they can trace you down (if yours is stolen anyway)

I know all this cuz im cool, and a friend of mine owns an auto recycling yard
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so why are aftermarket cats not worth anything compared to oem ?

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Well, I got the truck back today with the Magnaflow on it and have the original one they cut off also. I may call around and see what scrap yards will give me. Is a scrap yard what I want to call?

As for the Magnaflow it doesn't seem to have made a huge difference power wise. Maybe slightly but not a ton so I'm guessing my old one wasn't clogged. It seem slighlty louder now but not really a ton louder either which is what I wanted. It does seem kind of loud down low like a mean nasty growl to it. I honestly actually really like it and really like the job he did welding it on. He seemed to really do a good job and didn't charge me that much either. I think I have around $170-180 into this cat with install and parts and all. I got the cat from Summit. I'm planning to change to o2 sensor also but having to wait for it to cool down. It's all too hot under there after driving it to change it. I'm thinking now that my truck must just be normal for these Rams. I really am not sure it's that underpowered as seems to have power just not like 01DodgeRam360's did in that video. I don't know that I have something wrong though. While my truck isn't fast I wouldn't call it slow either and I can't think of anything that would make it lose power. Overall I like this cat so far.
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htm, i'm in the same boat with ya. My truck runs fine, but seems like it oughta run better, faster, more efficient somewhere.
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I think maybe these trucks just aren't that fast. I mean it for sure has some power but I just am starting to think they aren't that fast. Sometimes it will spin the tires if you nail the gas and don't hit the brake but not always. Depends on road condidtions. It will powerbrake and leave long black marks but won't just fry the tires off from hitting the gas. I'm starting to think this is just not how these trucks are. Mine for sure isn't slow it's just not fast. Maybe 01DodgeRam360's is the exception to this or maybe his just seems faster hearing him talk about it. Not really sure.

I guess I'm wanting fast like the 06 Accord v6 6speed and honestly I probably never will see that out of a 6000lb Ram 4wd pickup.

Seems like a engine this huge should just be tire frying fast. I guess it's such a heavy truck though.
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so why are aftermarket cats not worth anything compared to oem ?

stock cats contain a slew of precious metals, like platnum, radium, etc... Aftermarket ones dont have those metals in them. dont ask me why, I have no clue why they dont have the metals in them
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well i'm sure if you stuck a 360 in your accord, it'd go pretty quick, lol.
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well i'm sure if you stuck a 360 in your accord, it'd go pretty quick, lol.
On one hand I think it would on the other hand it has around the same hp or a little more with the v6. Although I'm sure the 360 has more torque. I guess idk I just want something quick like that. I've seen time slips saying they run 14's stock but I can't verify that as I've never run ours. I jur sort of wish my Ram had power like it does. It will spin the tires in 2nd at 40-45mph without even touching the clutch. My Ram will barely spin them from a standstill much less at even 10mph. I guess the Ram is about double the weight though so I'm sure that doesn't help.
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well, here's a gimme for ya.

I bet 20 bucks you could work on your ram easier, faster, and quicker than your honda.
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Thats true however the Ram seems to need working on about 15x more often than either of the Honda's do. This 06 hasn't really needed anything yet *knock on wood* The 96 has had lots replaced but what do you expect after 225k miles. I still think the Honda's come out ahead. They might be harder to work on but they seem to be break a lot less.
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HTM,
I saw this topic on Pavementsucks, course they got dicks on there so I didn't post it on there, but up here in WI we're getting $100 for a cat, one guy got $115 for his cat, bring'r to the scrapyard and you might get some good cash for it. BTW how do you like that magnaflow cat? I heard a Dodge that had a magnaflow hi-flow cat w/straight pipes it sounded great, what kind of mufflers you have on your truck? I know I said it 'fore but your truck looks sweet[sm=icon_rock.gif]
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I have a Flowmaster 40 series single 2.5" in dual 2.25" out muffler on my truck with the Magnaflow cat. It sounds really good to me. It seems a little louder. It's not a ton louder I don't think but it does seem some louder. Seems to really sound good when you rev it up and let off the gas. I don't know how to explain it I don't guess I'd call it deeper. More of a tin can type sound maybe but not in a bad way. I guess not quite as deep sounding. It's super hard to explain but it sounds really good to me. I really like how it sounds. I can't say I noticed a huge power difference if I even noticed one at all. Hard to tell if there was one at all but it wasn't huge.
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Ah ok. Yea I bet it sounds cool. Thinking of maybe going louder or do you not like your truck loud?
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