Preventing Catalytic Converter theft

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by enginestarter, Apr 2, 2019.

  1. Georgina Rudkus

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    I emailed a Canadian eBay company and but they said they don’t ship to California.
     
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    Yeah, C.A.R.B. rules in California only allow for OEM replacements on Prius cars.
     
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    They only allow CARB certified parts. It just so happens no one has made a CARB certified aftermarket catalytic converter. The $100 ones don't go nearly as good as a job cleaning the air.
     
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    I was visiting family and traveling in Texas, so had Toyota of Cedar Park (near Austin) install it. I could have saved a lot of $$ by ordering it myself, and have a local shop install it, but I wasn't home. They charged $255 to install it, and $250.89 for the Millercat shield, $505.89 total. The Millercat lists for $160 on their website, so Toyota marked it up quite a bit. But the install was well done, and I've not had any issues with it rattling or anything. It gave me some peace of mind driving back home, stopping in hotels for the nights.

    Once home, I installed a tilt sensor and alarm. A thief might still steal the cat, but hopefully these make it a bit harder and noisier.
     
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    Another option to add to the collection :

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    In addition to an alarm with tilt sensor, which sets off a deafening alarm if the car is jacked up, I installed a cat shield and $100 deductible on comprehensive. And I made two of these magnetic warning stickers, one for each side. That should do it!
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    I wonder if adding a bunch of steak knives pointing straight down would help.
     
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    view from front wide.JPG I placed these on the bottom corner of the back windows and painted the cat, the pre-heater, and the resonator with bright orange VHT header paint. catalytic converter engraved sticker.JPG
     
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    There are non-flammable materials that blow up if you try to cut them with abrasives and others that catch, wrap around, shatter and break cutting devices
     
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    Uni for the WIN!!!
     
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