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Old 01-09-2021, 08:06 PM   #101
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NEVER< got too many guns on board for that to happen!!!
I wonder if you could just put a straight piece of pipe in and clamp it til you get a converter. Will that hurt anything??? Bob

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Old 01-09-2021, 09:24 PM   #102
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Stolen catalytic converter

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I wonder if you could just put a straight piece of pipe in and clamp it til you get a converter. Will that hurt anything??? Bob


Itíd run and drive though youíd have a check engine light on all the time since there is an O2 sensor in the converter. I ended up driving mine about 30 miles with just the open down pipe while relocating to a more secure storage facility and bringing it home to fix it. Sure is loud! Even knowing that it would be I jumped about a foot every time it started lol.
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Old 01-15-2021, 05:59 PM   #103
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Iím sorry it happened to you too! Itís bad enough that it happens but having to wait maybe months because replacement are back ordered is REALLY frustrating! And of course it might happen again the day after itís repaired.

I looked up the Catstrap and it does seem like a better attempt than a cage. But it looks like it just attaches with metal zip ties. Doesnít that defeat the whole thing?
I think the zip ties are just to secure the wire rope from rattling. The clamps tighten down with "thief proof" bolts so the entire assembly doesn't move. At least that's my hope.
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Old 01-15-2021, 06:14 PM   #104
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I think the zip ties are just to secure the wire rope from rattling. The clamps tighten down with "thief proof" bolts so the entire assembly doesn't move. At least that's my hope.


On the Catstrap it comes with a heat activated glue that is supposed to permanently bond to the exhaust system and they also recommend using exhaust clamps instead of just the metal zip ties that hold it in place while the glue bonds. If the thief has to unbolt or cut a half dozen clamps perhaps sheíll be discouraged enough to move on. Itís all sort of iffy and optimistic that anything will help. To me, at this point, itís worth a try.
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Old 01-15-2021, 06:29 PM   #105
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On the Catstrap it comes with a heat activated glue that is supposed to permanently bond to the exhaust system and they also recommend using exhaust clamps instead of just the metal zip ties that hold it in place while the glue bonds. If the thief has to unbolt or cut a half dozen clamps perhaps sheíll be discouraged enough to move on. Itís all sort of iffy and optimistic that anything will help. To me, at this point, itís worth a try.
Thanks for the info on the Catstrap. I had been looking at the CatClamp but the Catstrap with the CatEye motion detection may be a better set up. Looks lots easier to install too.
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Old 02-10-2021, 11:22 PM   #106
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Here's an article that is in today's Boston Globe online site:

https://www.boston.com/cars/crime/20...nverter-thefts

This problem is not going away soon.

I am now sleeping under my rv.
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Old 02-10-2021, 11:43 PM   #107
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Oh goody! It was a MAJOR pain and the only thing Iím glad for is that mine got got in November instead of April or May. Hopefully the manufacturers will do better keeping replacements in stock going forward. Itís still expensive but at least you wonít be off the road for three months waiting.
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