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post #1 of 24 Old 10-17-2021, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Cat thieves

Thieves will steal your cat, beware. Happened to me in broad day light at work. Replaced it with straight pipe to get me by. That was a pain in the butt.

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post #2 of 24 Old 10-18-2021, 07:30 AM
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One catalytic converter thief got shot dead in Houston last week. Karma...
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There is a couple companies that makes cat locks/cages. It would definitely would save a guy the hassle and anger of being ripped off by a scum-of-the-earth-loser. If you Google "catalytic converter locks" you'll come up with quite a few. CatClamp brand is sold at NAPA: https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/AAGA...&gclsrc=aw.ds&
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They used to hang horse thieves back 100-150 yrs ago. What should we do for cat thieves?
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They got me this morning. I just got it smogged here in California so I could likely get by with a straight pipe until 2023. I have to park on the street, so I'm not sure I'm ready to install another one just yet.

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No doubt. I wouldn’t either and risk another getting stolen right away. Must new ones be welded on or can the be clamped on to pass inspection?

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I'm sure there must be a way to get a skid plate under there somehow.
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There is a couple companies that makes cat locks/cages. It would definitely would save a guy the hassle and anger of being ripped off by a scum-of-the-earth-loser. If you Google "catalytic converter locks" you'll come up with quite a few. CatClamp brand is sold at NAPA: http://www.napaonline.com/en/p/AAGAG...&gclsrc=aw.ds&
$200 isn't bad. Other options I've seen were easily $300-$400 or more which is ridiculous. As long as it makes it difficult to cut with a hack saw that's what matters.

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No doubt. I wouldn’t either and risk another getting stolen right away. Must new ones be welded on or can the be clamped on to pass inspection?
I'm not spending $800 on a Cal cat until I figure out a way to safeguard it, you can be sure of that. Doesn't have to be welded, the cat just needs to be there to pass visual.

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I'm sure there must be a way to get a skid plate under there somehow.
My concern with this option is the lack of airflow to cool the cat that might burn it up. I wonder. Plus they can't see the cat for inspection.

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If not required to be welded I’d have a bolt on version to take in and off as needed to pass. Environment is important but you can’t keep putting money in thieves pockets long before you go BROKE with as expensive as these are now a days.

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Check with your state but where i live people who bring scrap to a yard must supply a drivers license. Reason: If something gets stolen and it can be proven that person X brought it to them to cash in law enforcement can arrest them. It's a long shot because all the thief has to do is sit on the stolen product/s and take it there 6 months/year in the future and it won't be on the radar any more. Plus who is going to see if the cut marks match the ones on your vehicle. If the thief is stupid he will take to a local scrap yard the next day or so. If he got yours I'm sure he got more. Wouldn't hurt to look into it. Engrave a #/name or some way of iding it if it gets stolen.
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If not required to be welded I’d have a bolt on version to take in and off as needed to pass. Environment is important but you can’t keep putting money in thieves pockets long before you go BROKE with as expensive as these are now a days.
Might as well put on something like this. It's decorative. After it passes, I can put it on my Xmas tree. Went ahead and ordered one cause I'm into art. I'd be $50 devastated if it gets stolen.

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Check with your state but where i live people who bring scrap to a yard must supply a drivers license. Reason: If something gets stolen and it can be proven that person X brought it to them to cash in law enforcement can arrest them. It's a long shot because all the thief has to do is sit on the stolen product/s and take it there 6 months/year in the future and it won't be on the radar any more. Plus who is going to see if the cut marks match the ones on your vehicle. If the thief is stupid he will take to a local scrap yard the next day or so. If he got yours I'm sure he got more. Wouldn't hurt to look into it. Engrave a #/name or some way of iding it if it gets stolen.
My state is a joke. They don't care about what's right. All they care about is the welfare of criminals. Cops said to file a police report online, which I did. I live in the red part of the state and needless to say they're overwhelmed by this. For all I know it could be organized crime and cats may be shipped out of the country. Bottom line is. All I can do is protect my assets.
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When I was a teenager my older cousin owned a mechanics shop. One of his biggest repeat jobs was to take the cats off of new trucks that farmer's would buy. He'd replace them with a straight pipe and toss the cat in a pile out behind his shop that'd get picked up about once a month. Who knew that someday people'd steal 'em offa perfectly good cars? If you had a time machine you could just go back and take them from him. He'd have been perfectly happy for you to take all you want.

He also had a pile of perfectly good mufflers out back that people would have removed and replaced with straight pipes. Lightly used mufflers and catalytic converters had no value back then. This was back in the early/mid eighties in rural South Eastern New Mexico.
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One catalytic converter thief got shot dead in Houston last week. Karma...
Here's the story: https://abc13.com/catalytic-converte...oday/11117063/
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Got what he deserved. Don’t mess with other folks “stuff”. Play stupid games… win stupid prizes.
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rep-tile - pic #2? Fantastic, nicely done!!! what year are we talking here?
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