If you are a member of any of the Aston Martin Owners FaceBook Group or online Forums (like PistonHeads or 6SpeedOnline) you will likely have seen some chatter talking about fitting a ‘Secondary Cat Delete Kit’ (SCDK) in your car to increase the power and improve the sound. It’s not like the stock DB9 has a deficiency in either department already, but its promise is a simple change will give you more of each. Intrigued by this I couldn’t resist researching how to tackle this.
Removing the Secondary Catalytic Converter from a DB9 isn’t something you’d do every day unless you are working on the exhaust system. For me, I’m working on installing a ‘Secondary CAT Delete Kit’ that supposedly improves the performance and sound of the car [read about that project in my other article here]. The first step in that process is to remove the original secondary CAT, and that’s what this article is about. Continue reading “Removing the Secondary Catalytic Converters from an Aston Martin DB9”→
One of the terrific aspects of any Aston Martin is the handling. Part of the magic to that is creating a car that is ‘stiff’, meaning that it doesn’t twist and flex during cornering or over bumps. The DB9 is no exception, and part of that body stiffness is created by a thick aluminum plate underneath the bottom of the car in the center of the vehicle, the “Shear Panel”. There is nothing fancy to it, it’s just a metal plate bolted up rigidly to the left and right hand sides of the transmission/drive shaft/torque tube tunnel the runs from front to back. The tunnel itself is a weakness to the car, so the plate bolts across the bottom of the tunnel to make the vehicle stiffer.
Why would you care about this? You probably wouldn’t unless you need to do some work on the things that are up inside that tunnel, above the Shear Panel. In particular, the dual exhaust pipes run along there. For me, I am planning on installing a ‘Secondary Cat Delete Kit’ which is a fancy way of saying removing the two rearmost catalytic converters and replacing them with a straight pipe kit offered from several vendors (more about that in a future article). Any maintenance to the center portion of the exhaust system will require removal of the Shear Panel.
Whether you are repainting, polishing or wrapping the finish of your Aston Martin Grill Bars, you’ll need to strip them of the original paint first. This article is one of a series where I am refinishing the tattered look of my entire grill, and I’ve elected to use vehicle wrap to apply a new finish to mine. Stripping the old paint without messing up the metal underneath took me a while to figure out a fool proof process, but I nailed it and will share that here. Continue reading “Stripping the Paint Off an Aston Martin DB9 Grill”→
Why would you want to take the grill apart from your DB9? To refinish it of course. The painted anthracite finish on my grill bars has begun to ‘flake’ off the metal, and it looks terrible. When I approached an Aston Martin Dealer they did what you’d expect – recommended the only solution was to replace it. But, and there is a big ‘but’, the original 7-bar grill is no longer available. The only factory solution is to purchase a later model 5-bar grill and retrofit it. I am sure the 5-bar grill would look fine, but I am also a bit of a purist that struggles with straying too far from original. I prefer factory sport pack wheels compared to full custom after market. I prefer factory color options. I’d prefer to keep my car outfitted with the 7-bar grill, so I decided I’d learn how to remove, refinish and reinstall it. Continue reading “How to Disassemble the Grill from an Aston Martin DB9”→
Whether you drive a Toyota Corolla or a DB9, eventually you need to change your wiper blades. They are made of rubber, and rubber deteriorates. Time, Sunlight, Dry Climates all take their toll on it. In any normal car changing your wiper blades isn’t rocket science, but of course in an Aston, there is a bit of a trick to it. This article will share the tricks so you can do it quick! Continue reading “Changing the Wiper Blades on an Aston Martin DB9”→