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Catalytic Converter Thefts on 2nd Gens?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by MountainEarth, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. Mar 13, 2010 at 11:11 PM
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    MountainEarth

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    Pretty much all the Toyota catalytic converter theft stories I see are 1985-2004 Tacomas and 4Runners. Anyone know of cat thefts on the 2nd gens? And if not, why not?

    Also how many catalytic converters are there on the 2008-2010 v6 Tacomas? I ask because I only see one, but I know there are 4 on new Tundras with the front 2 pretty buried, but I can't find a schematic of any kind.

    And finally has anyone installed a Cat Clamp on their 2nd gen Tacoma? Or does the frame crossmember interfere with installation?

    Thx all
     
  2. Mar 13, 2010 at 11:21 PM
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    you have 4 cats, and my local dealer had a problem with people stealing the cats off of the new trucks on the lot just recently. these trucks sit so high off the ground it makes it easy for someone to crawl under there and saw off your cats!
     
  3. Mar 14, 2010 at 6:08 AM
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    Mine got stolen last year. 4cyl has 1 cat then an o2 sensor and there is another cat or collector after the o2 sensor.
    I just put on a new cat and left off the collector since it is downstream of the o2 sensor.
     
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    Link came out all screwy ~ anyway the company is called Cat Clamp
     
  6. Mar 14, 2010 at 2:19 PM
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    Yeah I did see that. I used to have an 86 4Runner and knew that thefts were a big issue with those (though I never got nailed). But when I traded up to a 2010 I started looking around and could find very few reports of cat thefts in vehicles 2006 or newer. That article seems to indicate the same. So I wondered what (if anything) might changed in cat designs.

    At any rate I would still be interested in hearing from members who have taken efforts to protect their cats on 2nd gens. I know of the Cat Clamps but they're a whopping $150-$300 each. I have heard of guys spraying their cats with bright color high temp paints. I know there are a few who recommend etching your license plate or VIN on your cats. Others spot weld the bolts. One guy on another forum posted pics of a body shop that welds sections of chain to the exhaust fore and aft of the cats so they can't be cut out. Another guy bought lengths of steel cable, and used hoseclamps to secure the cables along his exhaust and around the frame. He then used JB Weld epoxy to cover the hoseclamp bolts. to prevent removal.

    Now maybe this is all overkill, but this is a crime on the rise.

    What do you guys do?

    Thx
     
  7. Oct 30, 2010 at 8:44 AM
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    FYI mine was just stolen. It was left overnite in a parking lot for 2 nights. Great start to the weekend.
     
  8. Oct 30, 2010 at 9:05 AM
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    Another plus for base model 2WD!! :D

    I kid. Between this, the gas cap and the tailgate, a guy could feel kind of vulnerable.
     
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    Don't buy the product called the "cat cuff" (if their even still in business.) I've read many reports of people sending them money and never recieving a product. The "cat clamp" is a better choice
    I had a fabricator make up a plate to protect mine. The main plate is removable with a couple pieces welded in place to close off access from a saw. The plate was designed to have good air flow (the cats get VERY hot) and I added heat retardant material around the sensor wires. Also, I used fasteners that a normal wrench or socket are useless on and added protection to where vice grips can't access the fasteners. Rebar was welded across the top of the plate to slow down any attemps to saw through it.
     
  10. Oct 30, 2010 at 11:09 AM
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    Society is pretty fucked up when you actually have to spend extra money to protect your catalytic converters from being stolen.
     
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