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    Re: Protection for catalytic converter with chain

    I Like the die
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    hmm. i guess i hadn't made them yet ...




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    Re: Protection for catalytic converter with chain

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    Re: Protection for catalytic converter with chain

    took two weeks for Toyota to get those converters

    what i can't figure out, cut exhaust pipe very close to exhaust manifold...

    about 1 and half foot forward of converter... why?

    rear cut was about 6 inches

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    Re: Protection for catalytic converter with chain

    Quote Originally Posted by xmmancharl View Post
    took two weeks for Toyota to get those converters

    what i can't figure out, cut exhaust pipe very close to exhaust manifold...

    about 1 and half foot forward of converter... why?

    rear cut was about 6 inches
    Ease of access?

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    Re: Protection for catalytic converter with chain

    What if.... what if you gut the catalytic converters and sell the stuff out of them, pocket that, then put the hollow cats on the truck. THEN when the thieves take them, they can't get anything for them! AH HA!

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    Re: Protection for catalytic converter with chain

    Quote Originally Posted by 52 Ford View Post
    Ease of access?

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    Yep. Speed is the name of the game here. They operate like a Nascar pit crew because sawzalls and grinders make a lot of noise. 1 guy in their car watching for people, lights being turned on in house, etc. 1 guy jacking up the vehicle, 1 guy sliding under to cut out the cat. In and out quicker than a john's visit to a $20 hooker. Making nice clean cuts right at the ends of the cat and not damaging anything else is the very least of their concerns.
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    Re: Protection for catalytic converter with chain

    Quote Originally Posted by goggins View Post
    Yep. Speed is the name of the game here. They operate like a Nascar pit crew because sawzalls and grinders make a lot of noise. 1 guy in their car watching for people, lights being turned on in house, etc. 1 guy jacking up the vehicle, 1 guy sliding under to cut out the cat. In and out quicker than a john's visit to a $20 hooker. Making nice clean cuts right at the ends of the cat and not damaging anything else is the very least of their concerns.
    Which is why having plywood with long sharp nails sticking up, or trip wires activating very loud sirens and cameras to capture the whole field (the getaway car) can often change their minds before the cutting is started.

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    Re: Protection for catalytic converter with chain

    Another idea. Park the truck on a steel trench plate. Hook an electric fence transformer to the trench plate and to the truck. Have a sprinkler on a motion detector.

    Soaked thief gets under the truck and gets electrocuted. A fence transformer isn't lethal, they just hurt.

    Edit: there shouldn't be any issue doing this, since the electricity is flowing from the chassis to the trench plate. Shouldn't negatively effect the truck in any way. Just make it look like you have an engine block heater or battery tender plugged in.

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    Re: Protection for catalytic converter with chain

    Honestly I think just some plate under the cats will make them move on. The jerks with just the jaw type cutters will be unable to steal and the ones with reciprocating saws will probably think twice because their work time just quadrupled.

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    Re: Protection for catalytic converter with chain

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesBill View Post
    Honestly I think just some plate under the cats will make them move on. The jerks with just the jaw type cutters will be unable to steal and the ones with reciprocating saws will probably think twice because their work time just quadrupled.
    That's probably the best idea that I've heard yet.

    It would be pretty easy to make also.
    Basically a skid plate or A protector plate like you see under truck transfer cases and gas tanks.
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    Re: Protection for catalytic converter with chain

    Quote Originally Posted by John T View Post
    That's probably the best idea that I've heard yet.

    It would be pretty easy to make also.
    Basically a skid plate or A protector plate like you see under truck transfer cases and gas tanks.
    ... electric fence transformer.

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    Re: Protection for catalytic converter with chain

    A family member just caught a guy under my truck at 7 am, sun morning. Luckily no theft/damage occurred.
    He had a lookout/getaway car (woman driver), He didn't have tools yet, and was caught by an older family member (not in the position to detain/"help" him find what he truly needed). He claimed he lost something and quickly jumped in the car and sped off.
    F*** scumbag thieves.




    A plate would probably do it,

    but one point to keep in mind is they almost always use reciprocating saws (hard to get a grinder to cut the full width of pipe)

    and if you've ever tried cutting loose wire with a recip you know the deal (you basically can't).


    I'm planning on adding a plate with wire rope attached to the top of the plate. Should be easier to attach rather than wrapping around the cat/pipe with some contraption to clamp it, and should cause the least problems with the cat.

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    Re: Protection for catalytic converter with chain

    Quote Originally Posted by John T View Post
    That's probably the best idea that I've heard yet.

    It would be pretty easy to make also.
    Basically a skid plate or A protector plate like you see under truck transfer cases and gas tanks.
    It's what I plan to do if the SUV my wife is buying ever shows up at the dealer. Just bolt a crude plate to the frame rails. If something drops below the frame rails I will just make a cutout for clearance.

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    Re: Protection for catalytic converter with chain

    If you add a skid plate, make sure it doesn't hold water and dirt too badly. The factory skidplates on my truck all have holes cut in them for drainage, along with a "waffle" pattern pressed in them for rigidity.

    I wouldn't mount anything to the bottom of the frame rails, either. Wrap the skid plate up the sides of the rails and put the bolts there.

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