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whealy


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posted 04-14-2002 09:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for whealy     send a private message to whealy   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Search for more posts by whealy
Iíve spent the past few days reading the informative posts that you all have put together here. Iím strongly considering purchasing a Cat within the next few weeks so the information helps immensely. Unfortunately, thereís so much, itís hard to put it all together. That leads me to my question.

If you just bought a new Cat, what would you do to it before you even drove it back out of your garage? Mud flaps seem to be a big thing. Anything else? I donít think Iíve seen Stone Guard or an equivalent mentioned much here. Anyone using that? Iím looking for anything that I would regret not having in place shortly after taking possession.

Iíd love to say I soon hope to be contributing to the information flow, but given what you guys have already put together, it will be a hard act to follow.

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posted 04-14-2002 09:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CJ     send a private message to CJ   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Search for more posts by CJ
whealy......welcome to POA and good luck on getting your cat. You've obviously been following everything on the board which should then tell you that everyone has differing opinions about the cars, mods, necessary accessories, etc. But all the advice we offer is pretty darn good.

The only MUST thing I did to my two cats were to put on the mud flaps to protect the car and a good coat of wax. Then all you need is an ear-to-ear grin.......and off you go!!!

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posted 04-14-2002 10:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sunbird     send a private message to sunbird   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Search for more posts by sunbird
The cat comes pretty well equipped as it is. The two most suggested items are front mud flaps and ceramic brakes on the front ONLY. I have been driving 6 months without either and have not seen any problems. I will soon be putting on the flaps, but the brakes will have to wait until these pads wear out.

The reason for the flaps is because things kicked up by the front tires aren't caught in the wheel wells like on regular cars, but is thrown back along the body.

The ceramic brakes brake the same as the current brakes. But the current brakes have a tendency towards putting out a lot of black dust on the front wheels. I clean my wheels weekly, so it hasn't been a big problem, but the dust is there. The ceramic brakes do not put out this dust.

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posted 04-14-2002 11:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ed monahan     send a private message to ed monahan   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Search for more posts by ed monahan
My theory is that the regular brake pads contain abrasives that may damage the paint and the chrome wheels. I do not know if that is true but there were a number of chrome wheels ruined that seems to be way out of proportion.

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Ed, very correct, the stock break pads put out dust that is highly abrasive to paint and chrome, helping the chrome to deteriorate faster then it should. The ceramic pads are a must in my opinion. The only two things I do (and have done before driving) are the pads and mud flaps, don't leave home without them.

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posted 04-15-2002 12:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ed monahan     send a private message to ed monahan   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Search for more posts by ed monahan
Todd, you should not agree with me too often or the wrath of Alley Cat will descend upon you. lol

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posted 04-15-2002 08:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BeWare     send a private message to BeWare   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Search for more posts by BeWare
Hope you get a Kat soon. You will not regret it. Definitely front flaps and ceramic pads first thing.

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posted 04-15-2002 10:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for purplecat     send a private message to purplecat   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Search for more posts by purplecat
Mudflaps, ceramic brake pads, a good wax or polish, sunscreen, and 6 great CDs..

Other than that get used to that silly grin that you won't be able to get off your face

Welcome and hope all goes well with getting the Kat

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posted 04-15-2002 10:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for whealy     send a private message to whealy   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Search for more posts by whealy
OK I think I got it

Mud flaps (Mopar part as in from the dealer?)
Ceramic Brake Pads (should be interesting but I think I can handle this)
Wax system (covered with existing Griotís stuff)

Now all I need is the cat. And after the test drive tonight, I pick up my new 2001 Mulholland Blue tomorrow. Canít wait. Thanks for all the help.

I'm in!

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posted 04-15-2002 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for purplecat     send a private message to purplecat   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Search for more posts by purplecat
Congratulations!!!

After a test drive who could say no.

Enjoy the new toy.

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posted 04-19-2002 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stray Cat     send a private message to Stray Cat   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Search for more posts by Stray Cat
Where is the best place to get the Ceramic Brake Pads ?

John

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posted 04-19-2002 09:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onaprwl     send a private message to onaprwl   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Search for more posts by onaprwl
Purple cat hit the nail on the head!!!

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posted 04-19-2002 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for catterumpus     send a private message to catterumpus   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Search for more posts by catterumpus
You'll never regret getting the cat. It is the dream come true and it never ends. Front ceramic brake pads are a must. No more black dust on the front wheels.

Mud flaps are a personal question, and we would like to hear honest reports about what they really do. I'm a style freak and for 2 years we have done without mud flaps--the clean and simple look--but a lot of folks swear by them. We'd like to know exactly what difference they make. Obviously if you run throught some water it sprays over the lower half of the front side panel, the lower two thirds of the doors and covers the front of the rear fender. If you have the front mud flaps, and run through puddles, what does the spray actually do to the side of the car?

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Hope the purchase goes well, nice to see a new owner in Indiana. Hope to met yoy soon, Good luck, Have fun
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posted 04-20-2002 12:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ed monahan     send a private message to ed monahan   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Search for more posts by ed monahan
John, any parts store should have them. They are not uncommon. You have the part number, I presume.

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posted 04-20-2002 01:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stray Cat     send a private message to Stray Cat   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Search for more posts by Stray Cat
Ed,

Nope...... don't have it. I am sure I could locate the part number though.

John

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posted 04-20-2002 01:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ed monahan     send a private message to ed monahan   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Search for more posts by ed monahan
John, just above DISCUSSION FORUM on the main menu, is GARAGE. Click on that, then parts, then scroll down to after market performance parts. Raybestos PDG730QS.

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