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Unread 10-16-2013, 03:05 PM   #1
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Catalytic Converter

I just got a 96 Cherokee. It has 75K miles. I took it to the dealer today for the catalytic converter recall and they are saying that this is an aftermarket converter. Are they telling me the truth? Can anyone tell from my 2 pictures if this is the original or it's been replaced with an aftermarket?

This dealer is well known for horrible service which is the main reason I'm questioning it.

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Unread 10-16-2013, 03:27 PM   #2
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Yes. It's definitely aftermarket. Factory converters do not have a capped air inlet tube, and they are usually much larger. That converter, as You will notice, has had an extension welded to the front, to make it long enough to reach the factory front pipe.
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Unread 10-16-2013, 03:46 PM   #3
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OK thank you very much for your help!
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Unread 10-16-2013, 04:00 PM   #4
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Anytime! Glad to help. As a side note, I was a professional exhaust technician for about 20 years, before moving on to other things.
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Unread 10-16-2013, 04:34 PM   #5
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If the catalytic is bad, buy an OE, aftermarkets are susceptable to premature failure. They are cheaper, but youll end up paying for it in the long run.
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Unread 10-16-2013, 07:00 PM   #6
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Actually, in My experience, aftermarket converters, made by a quality manufacturer, such as the MagnaFlow or Walker or similar, are lighter weight, made of better materials, and last longer than factory converters.
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Unread 10-16-2013, 07:02 PM   #7
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I've got the same recall on my '96 that I've been meaning to take it in for. Were they going to replace yours if factory?
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Unread 10-16-2013, 07:55 PM   #8
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Are OEM CATs even still available??
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Unread 10-17-2013, 01:41 AM   #9
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I got a direct fit from napa and it has been fine for 3+ yrs now.

The walker muffler and tailpipe now have been awful, never again will I go the cheap route there. Sounds like a can of marbles back there...

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Unread 10-17-2013, 04:07 PM   #10
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@Chris87xj No, they would not replace mine because they said it was an aftermarket cat. If it was the original they would have replaced it.
I am new to owning a Jeep and didn't know what the OE looked like so was wondering if they were telling me the truth. This dealership service department is horrible!
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Unread 10-17-2013, 05:51 PM   #11
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cool thanks. I guess I should take mine in and get a new one while the gettin is good.
And yeah, I'm not very fond of taking my jeep to the dealership either. Best to get to know her yourself so there's no wondering what the facts are.
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The guy at Advance auto parts is 99% sure that my check engine light is only on due to the fact that I have an aftermarket cat convertor so I'm not going to replace the oxygen sensor. Actually, I'm now trying to sell the jeep. It's a 96 Cherokee Country sport with 76K miles. Price is $3500 firm.
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Actually, in My experience, aftermarket converters, made by a quality manufacturer, such as the MagnaFlow or Walker or similar, are lighter weight, made of better materials, and last longer than factory converters.
I know this isn't a current post but FWIW, my oem cat on my '96 lasted until 2008 or 2009 - then it started rattling. I replaced it with a direct fit Magnaflow - it has already started rattling. When I bought it 6 (or so) years ago, it only cost about 80 bucks. I see now Summit is selling them for over $150. NY now won't allow it being shipped to me if I wanted another.
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