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    Default Cat converter theft protection

    If the whole idea is to stop quick easy theft. Couldnít you attach a piece of cyclone fence between the frame rails with multiple bolts? It would eliminate the ability to steal the cat in 30 seconds.
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    If it can be cut with a cordless angle grinder, its going to last however long that takes. Cyclone fencing, about ten seconds.
    A 1"x 1/4" stainless steel U strap around the pipe at each end, bolted up through the floor would slow them down. How practical that is to do is going to depend a lot on the vehicle.
    And the little chits are just as likely to put the grinder through something else out of spite.

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    They sell cages for many models (just not mine) that can be bolted or welded into place. Apparently, that slows things down enough so that many thieves just move to the next car.
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    How about a dye fired by explosive squibs that covers the converter and thief?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    How about a dye fired by explosive squibs that covers the converter and thief?
    Love the concept, but afik no one has developed the product...
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    If you buy an electric car, they canít steal your cat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    Love the concept, but afik no one has developed the product...
    I know, too complicated. Maybe some kind of rat rod defense like a kevlar strap or material that would bind up a grinding wheel. Something that is visible and known to delay theft and make them move on to the next car. Or maybe something that just makes crawling under cars dangerous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    I know, too complicated. Maybe some kind of rat rod defense like a kevlar strap or material that would bind up a grinding wheel. Something that is visible and known to delay theft and make them move on to the next car. Or maybe something that just makes crawling under cars dangerous.
    replace your cat with a straight pipe
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    replace your cat with a straight pipe
    I suggested glasspacs to my mechanic. They cheered at first...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    replace your cat with a straight pipe
    That sounds like it might violate something. How about a cast iron coverter. Something that throws lots of sparks.

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    magnesium
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Had a 1998 M3 with hollowed out cats. Thieves would have been disappointed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    If you buy an electric car, they can’t steal your cat.
    Another way to prevent cat theft is to just hang on to that critter real tight, like this:

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    If you buy an electric car, they can’t steal your cat.
    Next they will be stealing the batt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    magnesium
    That's good, I have a mess of that stuff in long strips, could make a cage from it.
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    Default Re: Cat converter theft protection

    my vw golf has the cat converter at the top of the exhaust downpipe making it difficult to reach from under the car, that plus the lower ground clearance makes it one of those cars that cat thieves leave for easier pickings.

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    The CAT convertors on our Explorer are actually up in the engine bay and not particularly easy to access.
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    As far as I know it's not a problem here.

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    Small cars seem to make no difference to the determined. They got the convertors off our Prius while we were on vacation. I can't get my head under the car.

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    If you think cats can be converted, you haven't tried.
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    Jeeps apparently very difficult to get at. There are some kits with high temp goop/fiber/pipe clamps and some with wires that would be bothersome.

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    Need a way to thin out the herd; with 'deterence', it just becomes someone elses problem.
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    I've got two converters under there. Even if they could get under there, there is no way to use a grinder on the engine side, it has to be unbolted. And that not a easy job, I know.
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    Hook it up to your battery.

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    Or a proximity triggered taser.

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    or a few high output disorienting LED flashing lights. Something that makes seeing impossible for the task and has a lingering effect.

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