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Catalytic Converters Theft Experience

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by FlipsTundras, Jan 1, 2023.

  1. Jan 1, 2023 at 8:06 AM
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    FlipsTundras

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    Hi everyone. This is my first post here, but I have spent plenty of time reading on the site. I love this community and am very thankful for the vast amount of Tundra knowledge available here. I love my 2014 Crewmax Limited, almost as much as I did my 2002 Tundra SR5!

    I thought it would be helpful to the community if I added my catalytic converters theft experience to others' experiences on the forum.

    Both pairs of catalytic converters were stolen on 2/7/22 from my office at about 9:30 in the morning. I had 68,000 miles on the truck. The thieves were very considerate and cut the pipes on the cat sides of the flanges so I didn't have to replace the muffler. They also left the front 02 sensors. The security cameras caught the act on camera. It took the thieves about 2 minutes to steal the converters.

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    Like everyone else, I learned that Toyota OEM cats were unavailable due to a nationwide shortage. I considered the Walker brand bolt on cats from Rock Auto, but I felt like the next best thing to OEM would be the direct bolt in Magnaflow catalytic converters.

    I was able to find the passenger side cat at Autozone:

    https://www.autozone.com/emission-c...rect-fit-catalytic-converter-49630/937883_0_0

    I'm not sure why this part has the BX suffix - I figured it was something Autozone added to the end of the part numbers. Or maybe Mangaflow and Autozone have some kind of bulk sales agreement.

    I found the driver side cat on Amazon, sold by a company called Performance Guarantee located in Baton Rouge:

    https://www.amazon.com/MagnaFlow-49935-Catalytic-Converter-compliant/dp/B00E9M9F06

    I was a little concerned when the driver side CAT came in from Performance Guarantee and it looked different from the pictures. Both of the cats on the pipe were cylindrical shaped and there were no heat shields. I called Magnaflow and they reassured me it was their new design of catalytic converter and was not a fake. Magnaflow has excellent customer service.

    My mechanic installed both catalytic converters, two new rear Toyota O2 sensors, and cleared the code(s).

    The CEL light was off and everything worked great. I noticed the exhaust was slightly louder and had a slightly deeper note. It seems to have gotten a little louder over the last 5,000 miles. My dad has a ’21 Tundra and he also noticed that my truck has a deeper exhaust note than his. The sound doesn't bother me - I actually like it.

    I then ordered the Cat Security Cat Shield and installed. This was much more difficult than I expected. I damaged a couple of the rivet nuts provided while trying to install. Cat Security sent me new hardware at no charge. They also have excellent customer service.

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    A couple of weeks ago, 10 months and 5,000 miles later, the CEL came on. I brought it back to the mechanic and he confirmed the code is P0430, “Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold Bank 2” - the passenger side cat has failed. This is the cat that I purchased from Autozone. I called Magnaflow and they said that since I purchased from Autozone, I simply have to run the warranty through them.

    I’m not sure why, but the CEL turned off a few days later. I recently purchased a BlueDriver code scanner and it appears the P0430 code is still there, and it is obvious something is off on the Bank 2 Sensor 2 voltage reading.

    I called Autozone and they told me to simply bring in the old part and they would swap it out for me. I removed the catalytic converter and brought it in. Miraculously they had a new one in stock.

    I think it is interesting that the new one they gave me is Magnaflow’s new design and matches my passenger side.

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    I plan to install it tomorrow.

    I hope this post is helpful to others!
     
  2. Jan 2, 2023 at 8:12 AM
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    IowaGuy

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    I have the same CAT shield and am happy with it so far.
     
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  3. Jan 2, 2023 at 8:31 AM
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    bulldog93

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    My Cat Security shields installed pretty easily,luckily for me.
     
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  4. Jan 2, 2023 at 8:38 AM
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  5. Jan 2, 2023 at 8:42 AM
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  6. Jan 4, 2023 at 5:51 PM
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    Is that the ultimate 3/8th cat shield or just the regular one?
     
  7. Jan 5, 2023 at 2:00 PM
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    Aren't the cats still easily cut off with that shield? In the first pic it looks wide open.
     
  8. Jan 5, 2023 at 2:12 PM
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    RobertD

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    You can cut behind the back cat, but there isn't access to the front side or to the front cats.
    I'm sure with enough time and the right tools, they could get them. But that is true for all the cat prevention methods.
     
  9. Jan 5, 2023 at 3:23 PM
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    As long as the thieves realize that before they make the first cut. :fingerscrossed:
     
  10. Jan 5, 2023 at 3:52 PM
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    With the thieves on camera, the Cops should be able to find them, with in a week.
     
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    I was at the Toyota dealership a couple days ago in Selingsgrove PA. Wife got a 2023 Toyota Corolla SE. Nice looking car. Anyways, I asked the one guy if they had any tundras in from cat thefts. He said back in August on a foggy night they had 3 tundras hit. And down the street they climbed a fence to get to some more vehicles. He said they had a long wait to get parts due to backlog.
     
  13. Jan 24, 2023 at 11:55 AM
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    Well, it only took 203 days but my cats finally came in.....

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  14. Jan 25, 2023 at 7:34 AM
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    Bilstein 5100's, Morimoto gen 2 XB headlights and fog lights, TRD sway bar and skid plates. Nothing else needed!
    I installed the RCI tranny skid plate with the cat guard extensions. Product is awesome. Company's customer service absolutely blows. Their instructions dont match the product, and are missing some critical steps. Really great product, and super high quality components, but the company isnt one I would do business with again.

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  15. Jan 25, 2023 at 8:06 AM
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    Has anyone contacted Toyota on these cat thefts. Seems to me that Toyota has the highest rate of thefts out of all brands for a reason. I could be incorrect, didn’t the new Tundra address these design issues?
     
  16. Jan 25, 2023 at 8:14 AM
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    I'm pretty sure Toyota is more than aware of the cat thefts..:rolleyes:
    Like me and @KTMRider Toyota is paying massive amounts of money to cover loaner vehicles while they wait on parts.
    It took over 250 days to get my truck back from the dealership for cat replacement.
    They covered over $9k of vehicle rental fees.

    Apparently, the new Tundra did not address the cat theft issue.
    Companies make cat plates for Gen 3s..:thumbsup:
     
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    I may be mistaken but the reason Toyota's are targeted so frequently is because their catalytic converters contain more of the precious metals, to make them more efficient, making them a greater target.
     
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    I’m still waiting for my transmission skid plate and cat guards to come in…ordered them on 12/21. They look like a great product.
     
  19. Jan 25, 2023 at 8:23 AM
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    Just because someone is selling something it doesn’t mean it is needed.
    I could be wrong on the new Tundra. Are the cats up closer to the turbos and cannot be removed on seconds?
     
  20. Jan 25, 2023 at 8:31 AM
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  21. Jan 25, 2023 at 8:33 AM
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    Tundras are targeted for cat theft because there are 4 of them. More cats=more money for the thieves. Plus, our trucks have good ground clearance for them to get under them.
     
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    Yes, you're wrong, but that is ok.
    But to your credit, the front cats are more forward, the rear is easily accessible.
    A crackhead methed-out thief is going to see a cat and cut it off.
    Most don't know the rear is worth much less that the front.

    Do you not see any cats here on this Gen 3?
    Yep, those Gen 3 cat plates are worthless...:rolleyes::thumbsup:

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    I was referring to Toyota's in general, not the specific reason Tundra's are targeted
     
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    A metric buttload
    It seems like Toyota is a high target because this is a Toyota site. Tundra's don't even make the top 10.

    https://www.carfax.com/blog/catalytic-converter-theft
     
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    Paint your catalytic converters with bright paint also because the recycling jerks won’t take them make the thieves work harder.
     
  26. Jan 25, 2023 at 10:20 AM
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    Well, after all, this is a Tundra forum.
     
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    I was pretty much answering the previous post asking this question but quoted your post since it was the last post of a similar nature. And, as @ColoradoTJ points out, Ford has the high-water mark on thefts. Of course, they have the highest level of sales due to fleet sales numbers.
     
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    Ok, sorry, I'll try...:thumbsup::D But, you gotta make @ColoradoTJ do it too.
     
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