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Old 03-24-2022, 02:37 PM   #1
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I stumbled on this and I think I will order it for my trucks.

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Old 03-24-2022, 03:27 PM   #2
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Thanks. Just bought it.

If nothing else it will make for a long drawn out theft...
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Old 03-24-2022, 03:48 PM   #3
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Why would they not just cut from the top?
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Old 03-24-2022, 04:09 PM   #4
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Why would they not just cut from the top?
Can't get up there with their sawsall or their grinder. A grinder with a cutoff wheel will go right through it though.
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Why would they not just cut from the top?
Yep, it won't slow down most of the thieves out there, maybe some dumb ones. There are multiple quick ways to get around that deal.
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Old 03-24-2022, 07:46 PM   #6
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Can't get up there with their sawsall or their grinder. A grinder with a cutoff wheel will go right through it though.
You could just cut the stainless ties with some dikes or shears, in seconds, then get to work with the sawzall.
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Old 03-24-2022, 08:11 PM   #7
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Stick a 12g up their *** while they're under the frame .. deterred
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Old 03-24-2022, 08:20 PM   #8
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i here hi temp red paint helps? most buyer wont take them.
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Old 03-24-2022, 08:28 PM   #9
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Default Catalytic Converter theft deterrent

Until they crack down in the buyers it will never stop . Heck my little small town just caught 4 dip****s will 11 stolen converters . All came off of bugmobile company trucks. Stolen in broad daylight. How they got caught someone seen them loading them into another car . They thought it was a bazooka and called the cops .
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Old 03-24-2022, 09:28 PM   #10
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Stick a 12g up their *** while they're under the frame .. deterred
X2, this works for me. Dang thieves.
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Old 03-24-2022, 09:30 PM   #11
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Until they crack down in the buyers it will never stop . Heck my little small town just caught 4 dip****s will 11 stolen converters . All came off of bugmobile company trucks. Stolen in broad daylight. How they got caught someone seen them loading them into another car . They thought it was a bazooka and called the cops .
Not much funny about these thefts, but "They thought it was a bazooka" does make me smile a little about how they were busted.
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Old 03-24-2022, 09:43 PM   #12
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On Monday, there were two students at my daughterís high school that got their catalytic converters stolen from the school parking lot. One was a Toyota Tacoma and the other was a Mitsubishi SUV.
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Old 03-24-2022, 09:48 PM   #13
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I will probably jinx myself and get mine stolen tomorrow; however, I don't personally know anyone who has had one stolen. I agree the device appears to be easily defeated and instead of spending money on the device it seems like even though the risk of theft is real, the odds of having your vehicle targeted is relatively low.
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Old 03-24-2022, 09:51 PM   #14
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Not much funny about these thefts, but "They thought it was a bazooka" does make me smile a little about how they were busted.

I thought so too . Here is the article

https://www.crossroadstoday.com/four...j4aCuMAVooplOM

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Old 03-24-2022, 09:54 PM   #15
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They love that high jacked up trucks. Get you a low rider and you'll be good.
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Old 03-25-2022, 09:03 AM   #16
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I will probably jinx myself and get mine stolen tomorrow; however, I don't personally know anyone who has had one stolen. I agree the device appears to be easily defeated and instead of spending money on the device it seems like even though the risk of theft is real, the odds of having your vehicle targeted is relatively low.
Tracey looked into these because MY car, along with 11 others, was hit in less than an hour at a very public restaurant, in broad daylight. So yes, maybe the odds are low, but to those of us now having to deal with the headache of being down a car, that little bit of deterrent might have helped.
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Old 03-25-2022, 09:15 AM   #17
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I will probably jinx myself and get mine stolen tomorrow; however, I don't personally know anyone who has had one stolen. I agree the device appears to be easily defeated and instead of spending money on the device it seems like even though the risk of theft is real, the odds of having your vehicle targeted is relatively low.



You may not know anybody personally but it is rampant! And the wait to get new ones is 3-6 months depending on what brand of car/truck you have. I was not willing to take that chance on my Tundra. I need my truck. I went with the full plate coverage but this seems like a decent deterrent. Cheap insurance.
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Old 03-25-2022, 09:16 AM   #18
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11 other catalytic converters besides ours were taken in under an hour while parked in broad daylight in a restaurant's parking lot. While it's easy enough to say "oh you have insurance, nothing to worry about" the reality is that the CCs for our car (and no doubt many others) are backordered for 4 months. In the meantime, we have the choice of sidelining the car we bought specifically for commuting to and from work while waiting for a part that may or may not arrive on time or replacing it with a 'Band-Aid' part that will get us by. Our rental insurance only covers the time while the car is being repaired, not while it sits there waiting on a part. (We checked and confirmed)

In our case, a sawzall was used. Who knows if a theft deterrent would have prevented the theft, but I'd imagine rolling under a car and seeing it might have given this particular low life pause.
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Old 03-25-2022, 09:19 AM   #19
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Great idea BUT held on with plastic wire ties.
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Old 03-25-2022, 09:37 AM   #20
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Our storage facility got hit everything got it except my truck and think it was because I spray painted "stolen" on mine. Big white letters.
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Old 03-29-2022, 02:09 PM   #21
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I think all of you missed the ear shattering alarm that is sold as an add on to this. The noise from the alarm is enough to cause most non-deaf people to curl up in a ball and want to vacate the area.

The company claims a 98% success rate, although I do not know how they calculate that.
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Old 03-29-2022, 02:36 PM   #22
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They love that high jacked up trucks. Get you a low rider and you'll be good.
That is what makes me nervous about having a 6" lift.
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Old 03-29-2022, 02:39 PM   #23
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Neither of my trucks have cats. But, I highly encourage anyone to combat theft in any way possible. An alarm "sounds" like a good idea.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kill-t. Gotta go!
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Old 03-29-2022, 04:01 PM   #24
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They are hitting the Toyota Tundra's really bad around Houston and surrounding suburbs. I know of two people that got them stolen this month. The local Toyota dealership closest to my house has over 50 trucks in the back waiting on replacement cat converters and some have been there since November!

One guy I know leaves his hazard lights on as a deterrent whenever he leaves his truck to go into a store or restaurant.
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Our storage facility got hit everything got it except my truck and think it was because I spray painted "stolen" on mine. Big white letters.
This! High temp exhaust header paint! Bright red with a phone # stenciled on it in some other bright color! Too easy for them to move on to the next one.
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Old 03-29-2022, 05:41 PM   #26
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Great idea BUT held on with plastic wire ties.
I am going to use muffler clamps and stainless bailing wire. Mine are painted red. Might put D/L # on them.

I want to make it a huge pain. Yes it is a Tundra...
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Old 03-29-2022, 09:32 PM   #27
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It doesn’t matter if the vehicle is low or high. Toyota Prius are a common one being targeted. I’ve read of a couple of thieves that won the Darwin Award due to jacks falling.
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Old 03-30-2022, 08:32 AM   #28
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I am going to use muffler clamps and stainless bailing wire. Mine are painted red. Might put D/L # on them.

I want to make it a huge pain. Yes it is a Tundra...
Don't use your DL, use your VIN. Your DL has too much private information associated with it.
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Don't use your DL, use your VIN. Your DL has too much private information associated with it.
Good idea.

Tracie one of these days lets get a cup of coffee...
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Old 03-30-2022, 04:46 PM   #30
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You coming to Bownanza?
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Old 03-30-2022, 04:51 PM   #31
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I painted mine with high temp(2000 degree) bright orange spray paint. Don't know if it will help but cheap enough to try.
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You coming to Bownanza?
No...
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https://www.fox26houston.com/news/of...o-sheriff-says
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Old 04-01-2022, 10:20 AM   #34
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Dangit!

Prayers for his family and friends.

I am just glad he was able to put holes in 2 of the scumbags.
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Old 04-01-2022, 10:21 AM   #35
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Bought some cat protection plates from talons garage for our 4Runner. Easy install and seems like itíll work. Although as with anything a thief could go the extra mile and still get them off, but I think itís enough to deter someone.


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Old 04-01-2022, 10:47 AM   #36
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Could you take some cable and wrap it around the exhuast system then tack weld it?

I know a lot of people don't have the means to do that but that might work.
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Old 04-01-2022, 11:01 AM   #37
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I got this for my Tundra when these thefts started getting bad last year. I put some "security" bolts on after these pics that are harder to get off.
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Old 04-01-2022, 11:08 AM   #38
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I used Valhalla Shields out of Cypress after mine were cut out. $250 was worth not having to go through that again.

https://valhallasshields.com/
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I like them. Yes with a couple of guys and 20 minutes you could defeat them. Most thieves will take one look and move on.

Cat Straps dual exhaust cost $300.00
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Old 04-14-2022, 07:42 PM   #40
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I was telling my neighbor here in Iowa about the catalytic converter thefts. He had never of heard of this kind of theft and could not believe that someone would steal a catalytic converter. I assured him that it was happening.

He said "What are them folks going to think of next"?

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Old 04-14-2022, 08:58 PM   #41
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Scotty had 2 of his four stolen in the hotel parking lot Friday night before Bownanza.
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Old 04-14-2022, 09:26 PM   #42
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Scotty had 2 of his four stolen in the hotel parking lot Friday night before Bownanza.
It did put a damper on the festivities...
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Old 04-16-2022, 09:10 PM   #43
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I saw this skid plate from Talons Garage that looks like a pretty good Cat theft deterrent. Itís $200 more than the basic Cat Strap but thatís not a bad deal. Iíd assume most of the thieves arenít prepared for a partial skid plate removal.

This crime spree is definitely getting widespread. Itís hit close to home with a number of friends being victimized. Just this week a Houston cat theft & high speed chase ended just down the road with a standoff and arrest in Alvin.

https://www.talonsgarage.com/shop-f150
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Old 04-16-2022, 11:10 PM   #44
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Got a guy coming back from Oklahoma that sold a few stolen converters for scrap metal. The incentive is there for thieves to continue doing this.

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Been a bunch of cat thefts at Aquilla lake recently I saw.
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Old 04-18-2022, 08:33 AM   #46
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I will probably jinx myself and get mine stolen tomorrow; however, I don't personally know anyone who has had one stolen. I agree the device appears to be easily defeated and instead of spending money on the device it seems like even though the risk of theft is real, the odds of having your vehicle targeted is relatively low.
Depends what you drive. If you have a nice truck,
Donít go to a boat ramp at Sam Rayburn.
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Old 04-18-2022, 11:44 AM   #47
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I saw this skid plate from Talons Garage that looks like a pretty good Cat theft deterrent. Itís $200 more than the basic Cat Strap but thatís not a bad deal. Iíd assume most of the thieves arenít prepared for a partial skid plate removal.

This crime spree is definitely getting widespread. Itís hit close to home with a number of friends being victimized. Just this week a Houston cat theft & high speed chase ended just down the road with a standoff and arrest in Alvin.

https://www.talonsgarage.com/shop-f150
they need to crack down on the people/ scrapyards that are buying them from the thieves -
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Old 04-18-2022, 12:26 PM   #48
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I have an extra can of orange heat resistant paint if someone needs it
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Old 04-18-2022, 12:46 PM   #49
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The cat straps have heat activated glue. It took around 80 miles before they stopped being smelly. Sunday we did a 2hr drive and the smell is gone...
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As soon as I get the O2 sensor code taken care of, Iím ordering the straps.
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