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SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
6/12/22 11:52 a.m.

In reply to TJL (Forum Supporter) :

The issue is the thief already has a tool in his hand designed to cut metal, and a willingness to lay on his back cutting. 

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
6/12/22 11:52 a.m.
93gsxturbo said:

By the time I have my sawzall ripping, I dont care what a sticker says.  Punishment is the same regardless if I steal a factory or aftermarket CAT (none lol) so giddyup!

My goal is to keep them moving on, never geting out the floor jack and leaving for another car.  Using some stickers that I have on my garage fridge as sample, I envision:

Rock Auto sticker = cat/arrow/N symbol
Just Be Nice = Aftermarket Catalyst - No Scrap Value

Low enough that it is not dominating the car but also placed right where a thief would be looking for jack placement.  

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
6/12/22 11:55 a.m.

How about a motion sensor that sends a signal to your phone?

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
6/12/22 11:56 a.m.

...or a good old fashioned siren that's loud as hell. 

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
6/12/22 11:57 a.m.
SV reX said:

How about a motion sensor that sends a signal to your phone?

I fear that will just tell me, "hey, your cat is gone!"  I'd rather they just never start.  

Even if they flee, leaving just one side cut, I still have an issue to deal with.  

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
6/12/22 12:04 p.m.

Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter)
Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
6/12/22 1:21 p.m.

no need for a sign, just take the cat off and straight pipe the car. ignore check engine light. Put back on for a day when you need a emmisions check.

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
6/12/22 1:28 p.m.

No emissions testing here but I'd like to keep up the mpg. 

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
6/13/22 12:10 a.m.

I wouldn't think of  touching a car with this sticker on it on general principal.

 

KyAllroad
KyAllroad MegaDork
6/13/22 8:47 a.m.

Since the car is partly electric and can move without turning the engine on, how about programming an alarm that when it senses the tilt of being jacked up, the car begins moving one foot forward and backward.  Impossible to get a jack to work on a moving target, bonus points if it has enough delay to get the thief under it first.

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia UltraDork
6/13/22 12:00 p.m.

OK , I got it, 

a plastic pipe filled with a liquid , molasses maybe , mounted under the floor , at the jack point.

when your floor jack cracks the plastic pipe the molasses  goes all over the jack and the thief has to lay in liquid to cut off the Cat.

patent not pending !

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
6/13/22 12:03 p.m.

If I was designing an anti-theft sticker, I would make it really, really sticky.  You know, to deter people from stealing the sticker.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
6/13/22 12:30 p.m.
KyAllroad said:

Since the car is partly electric and can move without turning the engine on, how about programming an alarm that when it senses the tilt of being jacked up, the car begins moving one foot forward and backward.  Impossible to get a jack to work on a moving target, bonus points if it has enough delay to get the thief under it first.

I've always been disappointed that Tesla's Sentry mode doesn't let the car run away if it gets too scared.

Telling a thief that its an aftermarket cat with no scrap value is probably the best option. They're not stealing the cats for lolz, and if it's an aftermarket non-EO cat then recyclers probably won't pay for it. So why waste your time? That "no scrap value" sticker is a good one.

Personally, my solution would involve a fairly big capacitator. People don't steal electric fences, right?

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
6/13/22 1:37 p.m.

Can't steal what isn't there.  Remove valuable cat, keep in safe place.  Run converter test pipe.

Oh, wait.  Can't do that.   Add that to list of illegal things you can't do, like speeding.

maschinenbau
maschinenbau UberDork
6/13/22 3:03 p.m.

Surprised we haven't seen cats mounted in the trunk, with pipes plumbed up through the floor. From underneath it would look like a test pipe. Ice cream might melt though...

Indy - Guy
Indy - Guy UltimaDork
6/13/22 3:12 p.m.

John, just buy and install the shield.  $99 for piece of mind:

 

Matt B (fs)
Matt B (fs) UltraDork
6/13/22 3:30 p.m.

In reply to Indy - Guy :

Are 9 bolts/screws really going to be that much of a deterrent? I guess if there's easier pickings on the street...

Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter)
Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
6/13/22 3:32 p.m.

In reply to Matt B (fs) :

Maybe not, but it would make a good skidplate for rallycross.

codrus (Forum Supporter)
codrus (Forum Supporter) PowerDork
6/13/22 3:33 p.m.
Matt B (fs) said:

In reply to Indy - Guy :

Are 9 bolts/screws really going to be that much of a deterrent? I guess if there's easier pickings on the street...

An opportunistic thief probably only brought the sawzall, so yeah.

Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter)
Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
6/13/22 3:34 p.m.

Remember the movie Repo Man?

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
6/13/22 4:13 p.m.

Cat shield?

 

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Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
6/13/22 4:27 p.m.
codrus (Forum Supporter) said:
Matt B (fs) said:

In reply to Indy - Guy :

Are 9 bolts/screws really going to be that much of a deterrent? I guess if there's easier pickings on the street...

An opportunistic thief probably only brought the sawzall, so yeah.

Especially if you replace the fasteners with TORX. Ain't no crackhead carring around TORX bits. Double bonus if you countersink the holes and use flush, countersunk fasteners.  No way to vice grip or grind them off.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
6/13/22 4:42 p.m.

If your car's low enough, they'll be flush eventually :)

P3PPY
P3PPY Dork
6/13/22 6:46 p.m.

In reply to Indy - Guy :

I would be worried that if they DID have a sawzall theyd just start trying places

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
6/13/22 7:49 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

If your car's low enough, they'll be flush eventually :)

The stance-bro method.

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