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Not a happy camper … So, today I went to the storage facility to do the monthly check up, start and run the engine, etc...

Was shocked to find that some hoodlum sawed both catalytic convertors out of the exhaust system. 

I'm sure I'm not the first to have these stolen, nor will be the last.

The place has coded gate access and cameras all over the place - but, aside from the security (or lack there of) -  I now have to find replacement cats for the 2009 38P Fleetwood Pace Arrow with a 

Workhorse chassis and a Vortec 8100 engine.

I spoke with the repair guy and he wondered what I wanted to do? 

Replace with as close to factory representative catalytic convertors - or go with a less expensive option?

I think he was referring to a resonator or straight pass thru pipe thus eliminating the catalytic convertor all together.

Found some online at UltraRvproducts.com - but awfully pricy at over $1600 each (included full pipes also). 

I measured the pipe diameter and it is 3".  The crooks were kind enough to saw so the hangers were all left in place (so thoughtful of them).

I'm leaning towards replacing with as close to factory as possible - for fear the O2 sensors will throw codes if I don't.  Thoughts?

Mike

 

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Mike, Welcome to the Forum !

IMHO, the system software will not have any issues in most cases. The bigger issue is passing the required emission tests!   

That will require a catalytic system or part capable of removing or modifying the exhaust gases flowing out the tail pipe.

Rich.   

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My cousin buys and sells junk autos and pickups, he makes more money from selling the old converters than on the rest of the entire vehicle these days.

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Well, Thanks for the thoughts everyone.

I currently live in a state that doesn't require emission testing, so the real concern might be relative to reselling the rig sometime in the future - somewhere that does require it. 

I've talked to a number of people that have gone the less expensive route, and other than dealing with a flashing error code - they haven't had any other problems. 

All in all - I think I'll go with as close to factory cats as possible - I think it would be better in the long run.

 

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Yes, I have spoken with the insurance company. My comprehensive will cover the repairs, less the deductible amount. Waiting for the repair guys and the appraiser to review the damages and determine what parts and labor will be covered. 

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6 hours ago, wayne77590 said:

Deductible is going to be the same if you bypass or replace with OEM. I'd go with OEM.

I agree - there is absolutely no reason to go with anything else if insurance is being used. You'll never have to worry about blinking check-engine lights, and any future owners won't have problems with emissions testing.

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