Nothing special here, I just wanted to share pics of the superior job the muffler shop did installing the new cat in my truck. Smog laws are so inane here now that most muffler shops won't install a cat that you bring to them. I saved $100-200 ordering my cat online, so it was worth calling all over town to find a shop willing to put it in. I went to the cheapest place, Gary's Muffler Shop in Fresno, hoping for a mediocre job. The guy who helped me was covered in grime from head to toe at 9 in the morning. LOL His name was Mike.
Here is the result:
His weld is the one in the middle. It's equal to or better than the factory welds on either side.
The new cat was shorter than the old one, so he had to add an extender piece. The extension is clean and straight. He took the time to install the cat flat so it wouldn't protrude from the underside of the truck into the roadway. Again, the welds are equal to or better than the factory welds on the cat.
I've had shops in the past who cut off the factory hangers and threw them away, leaving my exhaust system to dangle in the wind and rattle over every bump. Mike carefully cut out the old cat so as to preserve the factory hanger. His welds near the hanger are great, given the difficult space.
These welds are under the truck where no one will really ever see them. He could have done a crappy job, but he did a great one. I'm really happy with the results and wanted to share.