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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 03-09-2011, 01:20 PM
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Catalytic Converter DIY??

i looked and didn't see a thread for replacing the catalytic converter. maybe i missed it.

anyone ever do this? i'm in FL so the BavAuto part would work for me.
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:27 PM
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Step 1: Cut out old ones.
Step 2: Weld in new ones.
Take it to a custom exhaust shop, let them put it in. I got both of mine installed for $100 which I recouped by selling the old ones to a recycler. Overhand blind welding is not easy, its best to let someone who does it all day long do it. Even if they are not a BMW specialist.
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:27 PM
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Do you enjoy working on rusty exhaust systems? If so, it's a remove/replace job.

Bear in mind, the I6 exhaust manifold bolts are, I believe, $21 apiece, so don't break them if you can help it. http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...83&hg=11&fg=50

Pappa Bear, he has a six; different ballgame. The Bav Auto cats are an assembly, with the pipes attached.
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Old 03-11-2011, 04:56 AM
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sounds like something my specialist will be doing for me. there goes another several hundred bucks.
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Old 03-11-2011, 05:56 AM
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sounds like something my specialist will be doing for me. there goes another several hundred bucks
No DIY in the bestlinks.

There is just this:
- DIY: Free Fix for LOOSE Catalytic Converter Shields
- Catalytic converter dissection photos
- What kills catalytic converters?
- Miller Remanufactured Catalytic Converters

I ask the OP to run a search and let us know better DIY links that pop up so the next person stands on his shoulders.
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It would have been nice if the OP had gone through the catalytic converter threads to find the best to help others ... but nonetheless, I just wrote this up for the bestlinks.

- How to remove & replace a catalytic converter (1) & how to fix rattling cat shields (1) & P0420 codes related to cats (1) (2) (3) & cat autopsy photos (1) & what kills cats (1) & an EPA fact sheet on catalytic converter warranties (1)

We probably could use work on these - but since I've never worked on my cats, I don't have any personal knowledge of what is of interest to others in the future so that's what we have now.
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See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need

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