Love letter to my MillerCat

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  1. alltherightpills

    alltherightpills Junior Member

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    I almost felt silly for taking the time to install a catalytic converter shield when I got this car 4 months ago.

    But this picture, my friends, is a piece of my cat shield. Notice the rough sawzall cut & the bend where they tried to get an angle on the CC itself. This is just the aluminum version, so easy to cut, but still worked perfectly as a deterrent.

    Less than 10 minutes after I discovered the theft attempt (via the awful noise this piece made dragging on the ground) I ordered a stainless steel replacement. Still cheaper than a repair, not to mention no downtime.

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    So no damage to your cat? That's great news! I bet running a sawzall through a big metal plate like that makes a heck of a lot of noise. They probably got spooked by how long it was taking and decided not to risk it any longer.
     
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    What city did this happen in, if you don’t mind my asking? Sounds like a California job.
     
  4. alltherightpills

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    No damage to the cat. They made this one cut and gave up. You’re likely exactly right…why go through the risk & trouble for this one when there are unprotected CCs all around us?

    I’m based in St. Louis, MO but noticed the damage during a trip to Grand Rapids, MI. Could’ve happened in either place…the cut piece probably took a while to loosen and start dragging on the ground.
     
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    That Miller Cat paid for itself! It sucks that they destroyed it, but your story is a testament to the rest of us MC owners.

    I installed one when I was in NYC before driving back to Cali - even parked it on city streets overnight in major cities. No stolen cat yet.
     
  6. Mendel Leisk

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    If you know someone that can weld aluminum? Still, a pain in the butt taking it off.
     
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    Not difficult to remove at all. Just grind the rivet and screw heads off with the edge of an angle grinder, and use a punch to knock out the rivets remaining after the aluminum plate is removed. It is then ready for the replacement.
     
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