I bought the Walker 16457 Ultra EX Direct Fit, which is advertised as having "extra" precious metal loading versus the standard Ultra Direct Fit.How much was the Walker direct fit cat converter?
I paid $247.79 at RockAuto less the standard 5% discount. Additionally, there was a $40 Walker rebate in effect until the end of October, so I'll get that as well. Hopefully I can get a decent amount from scrapping the OEM converter. I had to buy gaskets to go along with the new converter. It doesn't use the circular gaskets like the OEM. When it's all said and done, I'll probably have $100 - 150 invested in it.
I installed it this past weekend. Everything went fairly smoothly. I couldn't get the circular gaskets out of the mating flanges on the exhaust pipes. They were smashed flush with the face of the flange, so I just left them. I cleaned up the flange mating surfaces with some emery cloth and then bolted it all back together with the new gaskets and bolts/nuts that I mostly had on hand.
The Walker converter has what I assume are heat shields welded directly to its body. I tried to reinstall the OEM heat shield for added protection, but it wouldn't fit.
On a somewhat related matter, I picked up a Gorilla Torch hands-free flashlight on clearance at Sports Authority this weekend. The feet are magnetic and the legs are bendable. I have a small Gorilla tripod that has been great. However, I was skeptical about the magnetic feet on this flashlight and also about its brightness. Surprisingly, the magnetic feet are quite strong, and it will stay right where you stick it. The LED is adjustable and uses 3 AA batteries. It came in very handy while I was finishing up the catalytic converter in the dark on Saturday night. Sports Authority had marked them down and also had an extra 50% off. I ended up paying $10.00 plus tax for it. I liked it so much I went back and bought another one yesterday.