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Old 09-27-2008, 12:00 AM
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exhaust issue?

89 300CE 200k+

Recently the shrouding on my cat rotted off. That dragging sound was sheet metal rubbing the road. I just pulled it all away. There seemed to be a little asbestos or some kind of white stuff between the shield and the cat.
Checking my records, it's been at least 80K miles since exhaust system installed. I'd like it to last even longer.
Is it worth knocking some tin to re-shape some protection? Or was it there only to keep the weeds on the dirt roads from burning? I'm in the Northeast and salt is an issue. I can't find a specific replacement for the part.
The exhaust makes no bad noises, sounds as good as ever.

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Old 09-29-2008, 09:11 AM
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Sounds like an aftermarket catalyst.. the original didn't even have a heat shield.

Shouldn't be an issue unless you park in high grass & could catch it on fire.
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Old 09-29-2008, 09:54 AM
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My 87 SEC appears to have the remains of a heat shield over the cat. Are you sure? I'm reasonably certain that it's original.

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