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post #1 of 8 Old 09-19-2020, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Cats are being stolen

In my neighborhood, there have been several cases of thieves jacking up a vehicle and taking the catalytic converter. Weird, I know. I have a 2001 Wrangler. Is the cat located where this might be an issue I should concern myself with? If so is there a skid plate I can add to make removing it out more difficult for anyone trying to get at it?

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-20-2020, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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Since there does not seem to be a way to delete my own post, (please correct me if I'm wrong about this) I am replying to my own with an answer.
Looking at the bottom of the TJ the catalytic converter is located behind a guard that runs between the frame rails. Although it's possible to cut through the exhaust pipe on either side of the catalytic converter it would be impossible to remove it (steal it) without removing this plate also. This would be time-consuming work.
This is why you never hear about people stealing the catalytic converter from a Jeep Wrangler as you do with other vehicles.
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ya you might have your answer there but ya the cats on my 01 I6 are little ones right below the exhaust manifold and a pits to even see clearly
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You have my curiosity up on how they remove them quickly & quietly.
Usually the bolts are rusted, so that would make for a not fast job to remove.
Using a sawzall would be noisy, and a torch would attract too much attention I would think.

They must have something figured out, otherwise the risk would be too high for the reward.

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You have my curiosity up on how they remove them quickly & quietly.
Usually the bolts are rusted, so that would make for a not fast job to remove.
Using a sawzall would be noisy, and a torch would attract too much attention I would think.

They must have something figured out, otherwise the risk would be too high for the reward.
This is a form of crime that has been going on for a number of years. They steal them for the platinum or even to sell on the black market, and with the price of later model vehicles' cat systems approaching $1500, the temptation is there. Battery powered grinder (though some are bolted in place), makes noise but hey do it so quickly that they are seldom caught.

Older vehicles are probably less of a temptation
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They’re stealing the cats like crazy where I live too. I have skid plates protecting mine. Hopefully that’ll deter them. I think some of the muffler shops In my area have a hand on this too. They get the platinum and also then get to invoice for a new cat when people come in.
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They take them to scrap yards for cash. Not an easy way to steal for cash and scrap yards require you to give them a copy of your drivers license. The reason is if someone steals something and it can be proven they stole it they get arrested. It's unlikely this will happen but people still do it.
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Or more likely they have a forge, bust out all the guts out and melt them down then sell the pure stuff for a larger profit.

IIRC there are other valuable metals used in cats also.

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