Wait, why would anyone want to steal a catalytic converter? Thieves are after the platinum, rhodium and palladium rare earth metals located inside the case. If you’re hearing about such thefts in your area, the CatClamp can provide a measure of protection. The patented product consists of aircraft-grade wire rope that literally wraps the converter up to seven times and is held in place using special clamps that lock it to the underside of the vehicle. When properly installed, the CatClamp is said to be nearly impossible for thieves to cut through. Prices vary according to exhaust-pipe size, but the most commonly used version sells for $160. For full product and order info go to www.catclamp.com.

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