Catalytic converter cage installers? Seattle

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    Given the catalytic converter shields and related items available do nothing to deter thefts, I'm looking for recommendations for a metal forming or other metal working shop to weld rebar or similar around my catalytic converter to prevent it from being stolen again. I've heard of others doing this and it seeming to work.

    Does anyone have any suggestions or experiences with Seattle-area shops that do this? Muffler shops, metalwork shops, etc.

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    Did you have a shield?
     
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    A video I saw, recommended putting many tightly spaced u-bolts around the exhaust pipes fore and aft of the catalytic converter so saw blades and chain pipe cutters don't have access to cut through the pipe. Looked kind of like a porcupine of studs and nuts surrounding the pipes.

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    Reminded me of this:

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    Excellent movie btw.
     
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    I didn't have a shield. These aren't an impediment. I know of multiple instances of people with them that the thieves just sawed through. They're so thin and highly priced I consider them another scam.

    The U bolts is a good idea but a hacksaw would just go through them too, wouldn't they?

    Still looking for a metal shop to weld on rebar/plate steel that would make a difference.
     
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    The only way to guarantee that your original catalytic converter will not be stolen is to take it out yourself and to replace it with a cheap aftermarket one.



    Get a cheap one like this;

     
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    I'm really surprised how bad this advice is.
     
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    Comprehensive insurance?
     
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    Which is the best advice
    Most insurers replace with OEM and you get 10 years to life
     
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    Which advice?
    The U-bolts or selling your OEM cat and installing a $200 replacement?
    If you've already solved your own problem than just find the nearest muffler shop and have then tack weld some scrap square stock onto your exhaust pipe and be done with it.

    Rebar is cheap and widely available - and it will provide some deterrent, but you can saw through it just as easily as a U-bolt.

    The advantage of U-bolts are that they can be self-installed.

    A big honkin metal plate might not be very wise because cats get kinda hot - ;)

    Good Luck!
     
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    If the u-bolts are arrayed properly (tight against each other, and in multiple directions), it would be very difficult to align a saw blade to effectively cut through the pipe they're shielding.

    I put a cat shield fortified with stainless mesh on our car, and I'm done worrying about it.

    I mentioned the u-bolts because it is a novel idea that might be a suitable deterrent. Nothing is foolproof, because given enough time, any system can be defeated.

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    They can just get a tow truck and take the whole car.

    I put a Cat Shield on mine. It’s pretty thick stainless. I suppose a Sawzall can cut through it, but I doubt it would be especially fast or quiet, and we live on a pretty quiet street. It it takes 60 seconds of sawing, I’ll easily be outside with a very different kind of theft deterrent.
     
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    Walker exhaust U clamps $1.50 at my local store. Wonder how many I'd need???

    I'm also looking into mounting a battery powered vibration bike alarm where I could quick attach/detach by reaching under the car. If it doesn't go off every time a civic with a fart can drives by than it might be worthwhile
     
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    Also, heavy trucks, the diesel powered kind, that rumbles by and vibrates everything.


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    I was speculating two per zone, if you made them a little oversized and clamped a layer or two of expanded metal mesh? Not sure how effective the latter would be, but kinda hoping it would both discourage and confound.
     
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    Could show me a picture of the "zones" you mention? I don't have a jack to look at my car in great detail atm..
     
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