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Replacing stolen catalytic converter in California

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by UnfortunateEntity, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. Jul 25, 2010 at 8:21 PM
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    UnfortunateEntity

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    I got back to my car after work Friday (I drive part way and then take public transit) to find my catalytic converting missing.

    After reading around a bit I guess I'm lucky they only unscrewed it instead of using a saw!

    It seems like it should be as simple as getting a new one and screwing it into place (they even left me the bolts/nuts), but I wasn't thrilled by the $630 + gaskets quote from the local Toyota dealer. Is there a cheaper way to get this replaced that you guys could recommend?

    The car is a 4 cylinder 1998 Tacoma.

    I live in California, which seems to limit my options quite a bit from what I've seen googling around (most of the third party parts seem to be legal everywhere *but* California).
     
  2. Jul 25, 2010 at 8:23 PM
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    STLharry

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    Insurance cover it?
     
  3. Jul 25, 2010 at 8:24 PM
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    ToucanV13

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    apologies for getting off topic, but why do people steal cat. convertors?
     
  5. Jul 25, 2010 at 8:29 PM
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    because of the platuminum in them
     
  6. Jul 25, 2010 at 8:31 PM
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    I believe the reason is because scrap metal dealers will buy them for the tungsten (reference, although I first heard this from the guy I talked to at the Toyota Dealership).

    Thanks for pointing me to Bear River Converters Toucan, I'll take a look.

    STLharry I believe the insurance has at least a $500 deductible, but I am going to check into it.
     
  7. Jul 25, 2010 at 8:38 PM
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    did not know that....but now I do.
     
  8. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:47 PM
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    I saw an episode of Trucks! that featured a cat lock thing. They said Tacomas and 4runners are the most targeted for cat theft... that sucks man. You could always just leave it dump after the headers :)
     
  9. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:56 PM
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    screw it! run it like it is! louder=better :)
     
  10. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:59 PM
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    a couple of months ago someone left a flier on my truck that said that tacomas, tundras, 4runners where getting their cat's cut off while students where @ school...i drove around n only taco's n 4runners had papers on there windshield...:confused:
    sucks to hear man :mad:
     
  11. Jul 25, 2010 at 11:00 PM
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    i catch any1 under my car or near my car, im gonna stick their fuckin heads up on my exhaust and ask if they want my cats now!
     
  12. Jul 25, 2010 at 11:02 PM
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    cut all the cats, throw in some long tubes, and befriend someone that runs a smog shop ;)
     
  13. Jul 25, 2010 at 11:06 PM
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    for reals man...lol.
     
  14. Jul 26, 2010 at 11:29 PM
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    Or move to Kansas...
     
  15. Aug 10, 2010 at 8:55 AM
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    bump, my co-worker lives in Cali and drives a 2000 I4 Tacoma and just had his cat stolen yesterday, any updates on tips or places to go to get another one? straight pipes isnt an option
     
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