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sparky Paul

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Re: Thieves stole my catalytic converter and lambda sensors.
« Reply #45 on: January 04, 2020, 10:28:55 PM »
I have now finished attaching an anti theft cable to the cat and upstream to the manifold.  I used ordinary 10mm plastic coated bike cable which turns out to be 5mm cable when I removed the plastic coating.  Still, any thicker and it wouldn't have fitted under the clamps.

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https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mLaAULJOtDH2tEvTzjDq5TZf8tcATZ4G/view?usp=sharing


Plastic coated? Won't that melt and/or be a potential fire risk?

Converters can reach 800C in some cases.

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Re: Thieves stole my catalytic converter and lambda sensors.
« Reply #46 on: January 05, 2020, 09:06:59 AM »
I used ordinary 10mm plastic coated bike cable which turns out to be 5mm cable when I removed the plastic coating.

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Re: Thieves stole my catalytic converter and lambda sensors.
« Reply #47 on: January 05, 2020, 10:32:25 AM »

Plastic coated? Won't that melt and/or be a potential fire risk?

Converters can reach 800C in some cases.

The plastic coating was removed,  but you are correct about high CAT temperature,  they advise not to park
in long dry grass because the hot CAT or exhaust pipe can set fire to it....
Some people will only consider you an expert if they agree with your point of view or advice,  when you give them advice they don't like they consider you an idiot

sparky Paul

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Re: Thieves stole my catalytic converter and lambda sensors.
« Reply #48 on: January 06, 2020, 04:25:18 PM »
The plastic coating was removed,  but you are correct about high CAT temperature,  they advise not to park
in long dry grass because the hot CAT or exhaust pipe can set fire to it....

My apologies to dbjazz, I missed that bit.  :-[

A hot cat will certainly kill patches of grass, I can confirm that! Oops!

dbjazz

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Re: Thieves stole my catalytic converter and lambda sensors.
« Reply #49 on: January 08, 2020, 03:30:14 AM »
As well as the plastic coating the bicycle security cable had aluminium crimped blocks at each end to create 2 small end loops.  I did wonder if the aluminium would survive the exterior cat temperatures.  However on removing most of the plastic coating it was apparent that the crimps had been fitted after i.e. on top of, the plastic coating!  So I burnt off the remaining crimped plastic with a blow torch leaving a very loose alu crimp which easily fell away. 

So if you ever want to steal free your own bicycle just blowtorch the security cable loop crimp.....

Colinbt

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Re: Thieves stole my catalytic converter and lambda sensors.
« Reply #50 on: January 09, 2020, 07:13:48 PM »
Do know if this lock fits a jazz. I found it on line and it said it was not suitable for a car

Dark Eyes

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Re: Thieves stole my catalytic converter and lambda sensors.
« Reply #51 on: January 14, 2020, 07:25:22 PM »
I have now finished attaching an anti theft cable to the cat and upstream to the manifold.  I used ordinary 10mm plastic coated bike cable which turns out to be 5mm cable when I removed the plastic coating.  Still, any thicker and it wouldn't have fitted under the clamps.

Hello @dbjazz
I agree with you, the thieves aren't going to bother to check it to see if it is an aftermarket one or not, they are just going to take it. I like your security measure, and was wondering if you could let me know what size M10 Clamps, you used, and what length of cable, as I'm going to do it to my replacement cat, before it gets nicked!
« Last Edit: January 21, 2020, 03:18:14 PM by Dark Eyes »

dbjazz

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Re: Thieves stole my catalytic converter and lambda sensors.
« Reply #52 on: January 21, 2020, 11:41:48 PM »
Sure, they were 48mm M10 clamps - these in fact https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/280727123167

I went for M10 thickness over the standard M8.    48mm was quite tight but fitted OK with cable underneath.  The bolts were a little shorter than I would like - I couldn't double up on the nuts as there wasn't enough thread showing .  That may be a problem with 50mm and M8 clamps as well.

This is the cable I used - OnGuard 10mm x 2.2m https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/163733461472 though I paid a bit more  from a different seller.  Remember to strip the plastic and the aluminium ferrules. 2.2m was about the right length to double up.

Don't forget 2 nuts on one of the two cat-to-manifold bolts' ends.

Should cost about 10 for everything.
« Last Edit: January 21, 2020, 11:51:05 PM by dbjazz »

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