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post #1 of 25 Old 04-09-2021, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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Any ideas for Catalytic converter protection from thieves

I live in the city and there has been a real rash of SUVs having their Cats SawZalled out. Are my old cats at risk? Any cheap skid plate ideas that would cover these easily?

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post #2 of 25 Old 04-09-2021, 11:10 AM
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Just because I don't need inspections id almost say just hollow it out and slap it back they'd be really pissed off after and probably leave your **** alone afterwards
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i beat the thieves at their own game, and cut mine out* myself.








* i live in a free state, where such things aren't inspected. (screw epa/cafe)


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don't just go removing your assets because of thieves, that's letting them win.

idea 1:

weld a decent sized hunk of stainless round stock between the cat and the main pipe in a place that's impossible to reach with the sawzall. stainless is hard to cut. or give it a good temper. theives need to be in and out fast, if they face a major delay, they are out of there.

idea 2:

wire a relay that actuates when the ground drops from the end of your tailpipe (when the cat is severed) and either notifies you or starts a sequence of deadly booby traps under your vehicle

some dink stole my lawnmower last year, now there's a chunk of fishing line that i tie to it when i'm done mowing. you should see what's at the end of it. i wont show you, though. plausible deniability. always remember that when you're fighting an enemy. and try not to kill anyone, thieves have mothers too.
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i beat the thieves at their own game, and cut mine out* myself.








* i live in a free state, where such things aren't inspected. (screw epa/cafe)


https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f310...erter-4421457/
If you live in an Emissions inspection state beat them to it and put a cheap aftermarket one in. They'll leave it since they don't pay enough and then cash in your OE one

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Jeez, are all you guys in Cali? I dont know how you guys live there.....

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Apparently the thieves use the chain style pipe cutters because they're fast and quiet. Those would require the pipe to be round. If you can make it not round, by doing something like just tacking a piece of chain or thick wire or something along the side of the exhaust, they won't be able to cut it and they'll move on.


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and try not to kill anyone, thieves have mothers too.

You also don't know who might accidentally interact with whatever you're protecting. It could be a thief, or it could be a kid trying to get a ball.

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They came to my house today. Again,


I guess the rocky road skid plate was too much
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They came to my house today. Again,


I guess the rocky road skid plate was too much

It looks like it paid for itself; at least once that you know of.
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Actually I need to correct myself.. it’s the iron rock skid plate
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They came to my house today. Again,


I guess the rocky road skid plate was too much
This kind of stuff *really* makes my blood boil....my solution: a really mean, big attack dog or a 12 gauge.

Many years ago, my car was broken into twice and stolen once. After I got it back, I put in an alarm system and went one step further.....I devised a high voltage power supply that would shock someone if they touched the car. No problems after that.
Some years ago, I remember seeing that the tazer ppl made a HV shocking system for automobiles....
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Jeez, are all you guys in Cali? I dont know how you guys live there.....
I'm in Delaware so not quite Commiefornia bad
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Jeez, are all you guys in Cali? I dont know how you guys live there.....
I'm in Delaware so not quite Commiefornia bad
Ya the moment they let everyone out of the jails and then law enforcement is literally nonexistent, this place has gone to ****. I’m seriously considering moving out. It’s so stressful wondering if someone is breaking into your house..cars trying to steal everything you own
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Ya the moment they let everyone out of the jails and then law enforcement is literally nonexistent, this place has gone to ****. I’m seriously considering moving out. It’s so stressful wondering if someone is breaking into your house..cars trying to steal everything you own

if it's so easy to get out of jail, what's going to keep you in, if you "handle your business".......
you guys have plates in the front? a daytime rob-job, with what looks like a decent camera, should have allowed you to get a plate number? might be time to add another camera, at the end of the drive, maybe on a fence post, or flagpole?

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Rectangle of Expanded Metal mounted on pipe ends with exhaust U-bolts... slap some JB weld on bolt threads so can't unbolt.... this is a deterrent to move on to EASIER prey....
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