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Old 09-25-2011, 08:18 AM   #1
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Tools needed for high flow cats install

Can someone help me out with a tool list for installing my high flow cats? I want to make sure I have everything I need before I start.
Socket and wrench sizes?
how long of an extension to reach the manifold flange bolts
Do I need a swivel?
I'm going to borrow an o2 socket from the parts store, so that shouldn't be an issue.

I hate making trips to the store for that one wrench I don't have while in the middle of a job.
Any help, tips, and cautions will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:22 AM   #2
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People have a hard time removing one of the O2 sensors. Just FYI. Not sure on sizes... My guess is 15mm. I forget and my car is too low to go check.

I'd have a 6" and 12" extension. Good tools to have. I never mind buying tools.
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:27 AM   #3
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People have a hard time removing one of the O2 sensors. Just FYI. Not sure on sizes... My guess is 15mm. I forget and my car is too low to go check.

I'd have a 6" and 12" extension. Good tools to have. I never mind buying tools.
Thanks, I'll buy both extensions, I'm guessing as long as I have a range of 14 to 18 mm shallow sockets, the extensions, the o2 socket, that should be it?
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I believe the bolts on the back end of the cats are 13mm.
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Old 09-25-2011, 09:26 AM   #5
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Probably a good idea to soak all the bolts and O2's with penetrating oil for a while before you get started.

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Old 09-25-2011, 09:47 AM   #6
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Post up your gains when you get some after the install. Thanks
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Old 09-25-2011, 09:55 AM   #7
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Thanks, I'll buy both extensions, I'm guessing as long as I have a range of 14 to 18 mm shallow sockets, the extensions, the o2 socket, that should be it?
BUY DEEP WELL!!! The shank is pretty long and a shallow probably wont work!!! I had to go buy a deep well.

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I believe the bolts on the back end of the cats are 13mm.
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Probably a good idea to soak all the bolts and O2's with penetrating oil for a while before you get started.

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Old 09-25-2011, 10:03 AM   #8
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I bought an O2 sensor socket from my Snap-On guy,Its 22mm.
Also,make sure the exhaust is hot,I know it would be easier if it was cool,thats what me and my buddy thought,but it will make taking the O2 sensors out a lot easier and will help prevent stripping the threads like I did on one of mine when we removed it :(
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Old 09-25-2011, 10:10 AM   #9
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Thanks guys, looks like I need a couple of extensions and a 15 and 16 deep socket. Do I need a swivel to get the back manifold nut? Do I need someone under the car or can I do this myself?
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Old 09-25-2011, 10:15 AM   #10
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No,no swivel was needed for mine.
It would help to have someone under the car,thats how we did mine,we actually removed the manifolds and cats together,but I was installing my LT headers,hi-flow cats,and CORSA all at the same time.
Are you just doing cats? or do you have headers too?
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Old 09-25-2011, 10:16 AM   #11
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No,no swivel was needed for mine.
It would help to have someone under the car,thats how we did mine,we actually removed the manifolds and cats together,but I was installing my LT headers,hi-flow cats,and CORSA all at the same time.
Are you just doing cats? or do you have headers too?
just cats, I don't have anyone to help me today and don't want to wait.
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OK,are you planning on removing your exhaust manifolds,or are you just trying to remove the cats only?
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Old 09-25-2011, 10:18 AM   #13
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OK,are you planning on removing your exhaust manifolds,or are you just trying to remove the cats only?

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Old 09-25-2011, 10:19 AM   #14
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Thanks guys, looks like I need a couple of extensions and a 15 and 16 deep socket. Do I need a swivel to get the back manifold nut? Do I need someone under the car or can I do this myself?
I did my whole exhaust system by myself. Just get her as high as you can. So you are just changing the cats? I installed headers so the manifolds came off with the cats but you do need a deep 15 mm socket. Spray the bolts real good the day before will help.

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Old 09-25-2011, 10:20 AM   #15
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OK,then you should be able to do it yourself then,as long as you can get everything loose and apart,you will probably need a swivel then since your leaving your manifolds in place.
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Old 09-25-2011, 10:21 AM   #16
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OK,then you should be able to do it yourself then,as long as you can get everything loose and apart,you will probably need a swivel then since your leaving your manifolds in place.
Ok, thanks I've got my shopping list. First thing I'm going to do is see if the sensors will break loose. If not I'll spray them and wait a while.

Thanks everyone, I'll let you know how it goes.
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Yes,try and break the sensors loose,like I said even after you break them loose you might have some issues getting them all the way out like I did,if so just spray them down,work them back in,then back out a little more,IE-"back-n-forth"
Even after we did this with mine I still had one where the threads were ruined,so I ended-up getting a new O2 sensor (and there was only 400 miles on mine at the time)
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Most PITA for me was removing the green zip ties through the O2 sensor clips. O2 sensors came right out with the O2 removal tool. We used an pneumatic wrench to get the bolts off - broke a couple but the SOLO's came with new ones.

Took about 2-3 hours...those zip ties........hope it all goes well.
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Most PITA for me was removing the green zip ties through the O2 sensor clips. O2 sensors came right out with the O2 removal tool. We used an pneumatic wrench to get the bolts off - broke a couple but the SOLO's came with new ones.

Took about 2-3 hours...those zip ties........hope it all goes well.
Oh yeah,I remember those!
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:16 AM   #20
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Most PITA for me was removing the green zip ties through the O2 sensor clips. O2 sensors came right out with the O2 removal tool. We used an pneumatic wrench to get the bolts off - broke a couple but the SOLO's came with new ones.

Took about 2-3 hours...those zip ties........hope it all goes well.

whats up with the zip ties? and what bolts did you break?

I've got all the tools, car is on ramps cooling down. I bought mine used, so no hardware, If I break a bolt I'm stuck.
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The bottom sensors on both sides broke loose without issue. Looks like the hard part is going to be unplugging the damn things. I'm missing the bolts that came with the solos' so I'm SOL today. Just noticed the studs are screwed into the stock cats, so i've got to contact the guy I got them from to see if he has them. Sucks hard.
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The bottom sensors on both sides broke loose without issue.
Thats good news
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I'm missing the bolts that came with the solos' so I'm SOL today. Just noticed the studs are screwed into the stock cats, so i've got to contact the guy I got them from to see if he has them. Sucks hard.
Thats bad news :(
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Thats bad news :(

Yeah, good and bad news. It's like getting a BB gun for Christmas with no BB's. I know the guy took them off when he got an ARD package, hopefully they are in his garage and not laying around the shop at ARD somewhere.
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The O2 sensor plugs have a green plastic tab that runs through a hole on the connector, basically locking the connector in place. They are VERY hard to get out. I ended up just breaking mine and doing it that way. The sensors still stay plugged in no problems.

When I did my high flow cat install I used an O2 socket. They came right out no problems.
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