Catalytic Converter Stolen - Parts?

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    Like a 2-3 month waitlist.

    Also, is it no longer possible dm someone anymore? Seems like the feature is disabled on priuschat?
     
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    And this helps people how? Please move out of California. Did you ever live in LA in the 1970's, you know what Smog was like?
     
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    Just had mine taken on a 2001, OEM part replaced only 1 1/2 month ago, i want to do a claim to progressive but not sure they'll drop me for a claim after just having the insurance about 2 months or not? Does spray painting the cat do any good?
     
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    I'm putting a $85 gen2 one from ebay in one of mine right now. I'm gonna post a video on how to prevent it from getting stolen.
    Painting them bright orange header paint. I changed the bolt heads to wheel lock lugs. Weld some thick steel rod to the pipes
    so a rotating cut tool won't work, and even a saw will take a long time (too long). Put your license plate number on it grind it into the cat, put lettering "WARNING HIGH VOLTAGE -- Death to cat thieves" and run a 300v wire across the pipe...ok, still working on the 300v part..

    I've also worked on a detector that notices when a flashlight is shined under it, when it is raised up by a jack,
    and then it texts my phone with pictures and I can reply with "kill them"..... ;)
     
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    So I bought a gen2 cat on ebay, priced at just $80. Well....it gets a P0420 indicating that it is a fake cat..I did get the code to go away with the 02 spacer trick. It won't be used for smog checks, so ok I guess, I don't want check engine light on so far that wil work.
     
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    How hot can the paint withstand? According to this article cats can get up to 1600F. How hot does Catalytic Converter Get? | Informative Article
     
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    Header paint is rated to 2,000F which is what I used. Seems to have held up so far, including I used nail polish to write on the pipe "Danger High Voltage" and wrapped bare copper wire around the pipes to run 3000 v through.

    I also added a razor sharp saw toothed sheet metal under the car screwed into the 'frame' rail hanging down with "Warning High Voltage You will Be KILLED"
     
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