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Old 03-30-2013, 12:22 PM   #1
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I think I've been marked for catalytic converter theft!



I have never seen this.
And every time after we get some snow on the roads a few days later I take the truck in and give it a wash and spray down the frame to get the chemicals off.
Placement seems extremely suspicious.
thoughts??
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If it gets stolen you can have mine. I want to cut them off anyways
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Who and why?

They just take them.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:28 PM   #4
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looks like where somebody marked the frame for the slider install maybe
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:32 PM   #6
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looks like where somebody marked the frame for the slider install maybe
I helped install the sliders a year ago at BAMF.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:33 PM   #7
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If it gets stolen you can have mine. I want to cut them off anyways
haha thanks.
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Who and why?

They just take them.
$$$$
they cut them out
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i bet i know what this is now...you broke up with any girls lately
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$$$$
they cut them out
I know that.

I'm asking why mark it?

If they want it, they'll just take it. It takes 30 seconds to steal one. Why take the risk of crawling under the truck twice, once to mark it (in a place that can't be seen without being under the truck) and a second time to actually steal it.

It just doesn't make sense that it would be marked for cat theft.
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So cover them with a set of Budbuilt skid plates?
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:41 PM   #11
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So cover them with a set of Budbuilt skid plates?
Ive got skids already.
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:46 PM   #12
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Did you take the skids off for the photo? The transfer case and cat look pretty exposed.
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Did you take the skids off for the photo? The transfer case and cat look pretty exposed.
yeah I took the skids off and was shooting some areas (slider welds) with paint.
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I know that.

I'm asking why mark it?

If they want it, they'll just take it. It takes 30 seconds to steal one. Why take the risk of crawling under the truck twice, once to mark it (in a place that can't be seen without being under the truck) and a second time to actually steal it.

It just doesn't make sense that it would be marked for cat theft.
Gotta agree with this. Doesn't make sense. They would probably park the outside if anything. Or just cut it off right there and gtfo.
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yeah I took the skids off and was shooting some areas (slider welds) with paint.
So, if you have skids covering the cats, I really don't think a thief is going to take the time to take the skid off and cut the cat out. Seems like he would just move on to another Tacoma (since these trucks seem to be prime targets for this crime)

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Yeah. Get skids, or put 'em back on, or whatever. I'd love to see a thief try and sawzall 3/16ths steel. Hope be brought 30 blades.
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So, if you have skids covering the cats, I really don't think a thief is going to take the time to take the skid off and cut the cat out. Seems like he would just move on to another Tacoma (since these trucks seem to be prime targets for this crime)
+1

Too tough of a target and too many Tacomas and 4-Runners around. They'll simply move on to another vehicle that they don't have to work as hard to get.


Did you remove this mark and it came back? What are the circumstances around it's appearance?
If it's been there for a while, it could be a "K" from when it was originally built. The frames/suspension are assembled inverted, then flipped before the engine/trans are mounted up.
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Probably something factory I dont think a thief would write and UPSIDE DOWN letter on the frame...I wouldnt really worry about it (the mark)
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I took the skids off to do some maintenance, and then notices the mark. They might be off for a little, cause one of the tabs that was welded on broke off, and Im going to get it welded back on. The skids dont even reach that far back if they were on.
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