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I think I've been marked for catalytic converter theft!

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by Rucas, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. Mar 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM
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    Rucas

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    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??
     
  2. Mar 30, 2013 at 12:26 PM
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    TAKoma907

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    If it gets stolen you can have mine. I want to cut them off anyways
     
  3. Mar 30, 2013 at 12:27 PM
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    Who and why?

    They just take them.
     
  4. Mar 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM
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    blakes09

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    looks like where somebody marked the frame for the slider install maybe
     
  5. Mar 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM
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    07COMA801

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    yea it happens alot here in utah they will cut it right off your car and sell it, there worth alot!
     
  6. Mar 30, 2013 at 12:32 PM
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    Rucas

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    I helped install the sliders a year ago at BAMF.
     
  7. Mar 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM
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    haha thanks.
    $$$$
    they cut them out
     
  8. Mar 30, 2013 at 12:42 PM
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    i bet i know what this is now...you broke up with any girls lately
     
  9. Mar 30, 2013 at 1:08 PM
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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.
     
  10. Mar 30, 2013 at 1:10 PM
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    So cover them with a set of Budbuilt skid plates? :notsure:
     
  11. Mar 30, 2013 at 2:41 PM
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    Ive got skids already.
     
  12. Mar 30, 2013 at 2:46 PM
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    Did you take the skids off for the photo? The transfer case and cat look pretty exposed.
     
  13. Mar 30, 2013 at 2:57 PM
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    yeah I took the skids off and was shooting some areas (slider welds) with paint.
     
  14. Mar 30, 2013 at 2:59 PM
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    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.
     
  15. Mar 30, 2013 at 3:04 PM
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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)

    Matt
     
  16. Mar 30, 2013 at 3:10 PM
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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.
     
  17. Mar 30, 2013 at 3:12 PM
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    +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.
     
  18. Mar 30, 2013 at 3:17 PM
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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)
     
  19. Mar 30, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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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.
     
  20. Mar 30, 2013 at 3:59 PM
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    Those are alien abduction marks. Watch the skies in the near future. :D
     
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