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CAT CONVERTER SHIELD FOR 1GT

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by R66 1GT, Jan 23, 2023.

  1. Jan 23, 2023 at 9:30 PM
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    R66 1GT

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    Hello everyone. I am new to the forum--although I have read many posts in this one, as well as that for Tacomas. I happened to stumble on your great chat place (excellent resource!) by accident while looking for catalytic converter shields for a 1GT.
    A little bit of background: I happened to buy this '05 Tundra just recently from it's owner when he had both cats stolen from the truck while parked at work. It was going to be too much of an expense for him to have them replaced + the O2 sensors, that he decided to get rid of it.
    My question is, where do I find these shields? It seems like they are plentiful for the Tacomas, Sequoias, and even 2nd gen & up Tundras, but I just have not come across any for my newly acquired '05 Tundra AC 2WD. I've already checked most of the outfits that deal in these protectors, but none for the 1GTs (?). Could someone point me in the right direction?
    I would appreciate any help.
     
  2. Jan 23, 2023 at 10:06 PM
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    Probably going to have to go the custom route.
    Find a good fabricator who welds and does good sheet metal work.
    While there's some aftermarket support for Gen 1's . . . I personally haven't heard of anyone making cat shields for them.
    I could be 100% wrong, and hope that I am . . . best of luck, and let us know what You find, and or what route You take.
     
  3. Jan 23, 2023 at 10:14 PM
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    HBTundra, thanks for the response (I also have been thinking about having these shields made from scratch--not thrilled). I will wait to see if any other member knows anything where to buy pre-fab shields.
     
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    I know this isn't legal . . . or advised, but I thought it was humorous and worth sharing.
    There's a guy who lives in the Inland Empire of So Cal who had the cats stolen off his new F350 at least twice, maybe 3 times.
    He had enough, and ended up wiring up some contraption that makes the truck 'Hot' or 'Live' with electricity.
    Not enough to kill you, but enough to knock you silly if you touch it.
    He said on the 3rd night he zapped some would-be thieves and they took off and left their sawzall behind !!!
     
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  5. Jan 23, 2023 at 10:27 PM
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    Yikes! Hahaha, I guessed they deserved that. I believe that I read something to that effect in a forum somewhere. However, that is a bit too much for me--the labor and ingenuity part. The deterrence that it offers, I do not mind--damn thieves!
     
  6. Jan 23, 2023 at 10:30 PM
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    Yes, they make them that should fit your truck, there are a few threads with vendors on this exact website you can find within the 1st gen sub-forum via the search function if you look on here yourself. Skid Row is one of the brands.
     
  7. Jan 23, 2023 at 10:31 PM
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  8. Jan 23, 2023 at 10:38 PM
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    des2mtn, thanks for the reply. I have already looked; but I will try again. Neither 'SkidRow', nor 'SkeerdyCat' or any other company seems to be making these shields for Tundras that were made prior to 2007.
     
  9. Jan 23, 2023 at 10:39 PM
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    Thanks jerryallday, I will try these...

     
  10. Jan 23, 2023 at 10:43 PM
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    I have a Skid Row Catalytic Converter Shield + Transmission skid plate on my '04 Tundra -- Skid Row makes a few under carriage skid plates for our truck. I ordered them all off their website, https://skidrowoffroad.com/.
     
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    ...uh-oh, it is sold out--just MY LUCK!! :facepalm:
     
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    Just listing this off here, since we get at least one of these threads eveyr 6-8 weeks. Since people won't use Search before posting, I'm bringing search to them...

    https://www.tundras.com/threads/cats-stolen-now-i’ve-got-decisions-to-make.110476/#post-2850599

    Be careful what brand of cat you replace with also. A lot of aftermarket cats don't play nice and tend to throw codes constantly. Either go OEM, Magnaflow, Walker, or Summit Racing's store brand. Those seem to be 4 brands members haven't had issues with.
     
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    I've been eyeballing Skidrows product but the pictures on their website look like the would-be thieves can still get to the cat. Can you take some pictures for us of your install?
     
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    I was thinking the same thing.

    Are the side wings stout? Looks like your average tweaker could bend those straight down.
     
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    Someone can totally bend those wings downward to gain access.
     
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    I think it's a catch-22 on that one.

    If you make wings that are un-attached, they can be bent down.
    If you make wings that are attached (3-4 points), it's now rigid enough to sawzall through pretty quickly, then bend down.

    If they want your cats and they have the time, like the original owner who left their truck in a work parking lot, thieves are gonna take 'em. It's not a matter of "if" but "when". If unattached and there's enough leverage to bend, you're removing 1 preventative hurdle and saving them time.
     
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    Yeah, bending the wings down would be silent and not take a lot of time.
     
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    I had the exact same thought. I'm a fan of Skid Row. I have two of their skids but this one seems like a poor design.
     
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    I'll take some photos in the next couple days and post them.

    My impression is that the guard is not flimsy nor would it be easy to bend the wings.

    It physically covers about half of the actual catalytic converter but the front half (and the O2 sensor) is pretty inaccessible.

    Meaning, someone could cut the pipe on the tailgate side of the cat, but would have a very difficult time getting to the engine side.

    Could someone do it? Yes of course. Could someone cut through the plate? With enough time and a nice blade, yes of course. If they're familiar with this exact cover, they could grab a 12mm socket and adjustable wrench and simply remove the whole plate.

    Naturally, the goal is to deter someone by forcing them to do extra work. The cats on my '05 are worth about $75-100 in scrap, so hopefully a potential thief would just go for the easier option. If my car was newer and the cats worth significantly more, the deterrent might not be enough.
     
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    I have the desert eagle one. I think you'd have a hard time bending that shit down without making a ruckus or taking too much time. It's pretty sturdy. Think I paid 365.
    I thought about that whole "hot" truck thing a while back. Just remember to turn that shit off before you get ready to drive your own truck. I think that'd be a lot of work though.
     

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