r/pics May 04 '21

Started collecting 1oz bars of pure metals: aluminum, titanium, copper, nickel, silver, gold

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u/chrisbrl88 May 04 '21

Someone tried to gank one of the cats off my truck recently. They weren't very good at it. They got halfway through the heat shield on the left side and either gave up or someone walked up on 'em. They weren't even cutting in the right place. They managed to partially slice my shift cable, though, so that was fun to replace.

I'ma weld up a couple rebar or angle iron cages and bolt them to the frame on either side such that it makes it impossible to pull the cats out even if the exhaust is sliced without also cutting the cages. Make it so it'd take too long to cut through everything and not be worth the risk of getting caught.

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u/[deleted] May 04 '21

And as soon as you do, your cat will go out on its own next week and you'll be taking that shit right back out. Murphy is a son of a bitch.

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u/chrisbrl88 May 04 '21

Oh, absolutely. That's why the bastard would get bolted on with 12 pointers or T35s. Dudes that gank cats don't carry socket sets with anything that can handle security heads around with 'em - just sawzalls. And they wouldn't take the extra time, anyway.

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u/Innsmouth_Swimteam May 05 '21

Forgive my ignorance, but wouldn't taking a sawzall to the undecarriage of your ride be loud AF? Like wake everyone around the car loud?

How the hell do they pull this off?

Glad they didn't get yours and sorry to hear about the damage!

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u/chrisbrl88 May 05 '21

It's not very loud. And it only takes about 30 seconds to shimmy under and cut the cat out. The whole exhaust system is designed to muffle sound.

I've done plenty of exhaust work. Hell, my tailpipe fell off the muffler and I just welded it back on because I didn't feel like cutting it further upstream and putting the new muffler on that's sitting in a box in the garage. Then the hanger broke a week later and I made a new one out of some round stock I had lying around. Exhaust is easy to zip through with any battery operated reciprocating saw and a decent bimetal blade.

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u/Innsmouth_Swimteam May 05 '21

Well now, TIL.

Thanks for the education.

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u/Reacher-Said-N0thing May 04 '21

I'ma weld up a couple rebar or angle iron cages and bolt them to the frame on either side such that it makes it impossible to pull the cats out even if the exhaust is sliced without also cutting the cages. Make it so it'd take too long to cut through everything and not be worth the risk of getting caught.

https://i.redd.it/4h25ze24slv31.jpg

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u/chrisbrl88 May 04 '21

They know what's up

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u/Azozel May 04 '21

You could also duct tape a motion alarm and baby monitor under your car and when you hear the motion alarm go off run outside with your gun. Might scare the shit out of the neighbor's cat though.

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u/Orange_green_people May 05 '21

I work as a tech and we get cars in all the time for stolen cats. One time some idiot cut out a resonator and left the cat. Must have been a new guy.

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u/Kaankaants May 05 '21

Locks only ever keep honest people out if someone wants in.
You've hit the spot though; make it uneconomical to fuck with your locks so it's easier to move on to the next with weaker, or hopefully no, locks.

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u/chrisbrl88 May 05 '21 edited May 05 '21

Absolutely. Security is proportional to inconvenience.

I'm a contractor in addition to being a mechanic. When people ask me for opinions on locks, I make sure to remind them that locks provide the illusion of security. Window coverings that don't show off your expensive stuff are better security than locks. When they ask me about cameras, I make sure to tell them, "Preferably something hardwired, but what's important is that they're clearly visible and that you don't put a sign out advertising the particular brand; when you advertise what brand of security system you have, you're advertising its weaknesses. Just get a generic 'security cameras in use' sign." You want people to know the cameras are there so they'll think your house is too risky to burgle and just move on.

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u/UndeadBread May 05 '21

I have no idea what you're talking about, but please do it to my car too.

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u/Previous-Hyena3329 May 05 '21

Your mechanic will love charging you for your next service

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u/chrisbrl88 May 05 '21 edited May 05 '21

Good thing I'm my mechanic then, huh?

Also, a service tech wouldn't require access to the catalytic converter to perform routine maintenance (oil chance, lube, tire rotation). There'd be no additional charge for a vehicle with such a modification.