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Old 10-21-2010, 11:22 PM   #1
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Someone Stole My Spare Tire

At school today I noticed my spare 31" had been stolen of my stock spare carrier!

Has this happened to any one else? How do you guys keep your spares safe?

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I've never heard of that before. Why would anyone steal a spare tire?!?!

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I've never heard of that before. Why would anyone steal a spare tire?!?!
If they had a flat tire
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i take it you werent using your wheel lock?
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Old 10-21-2010, 11:47 PM   #5
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Has this happened to any one else? How do you guys keep your spares safe?
Definitely hasnt happened to me...were you using the wheel lock? If not, then theres the problem right there. Invest in some locking lugs as well

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i take it you werent using your wheel lock?
beat me to it!
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Old 10-22-2010, 12:05 AM   #6
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If they had a flat tire
Ya, it's plausible but why wouldn't they use their own spare unless they were already using it. Dunno, but either way it's a bit odd.
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Never happened to me either....but they'd have to have some dandy tools to get mine off since I impact the hell out of um
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Old 10-22-2010, 12:40 AM   #8
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All it takes is 3 more and they'll have a set to upgrade their rig !?!

People who steal things from others should be shot and burned......

oops - is that too harsh?
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Old 10-22-2010, 12:58 AM   #9
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Mine has a special lug nut that takes a very rare (allen key) tool to loosen it. The other two are standard lug nuts.
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I had my spare and all the rest of my tires and wheels stolen. All were locked. Came home and found the jeep sitting on the ground. The way I looked at it, I got five new tires and wheels for 500 bucks, that was the deductible for insurance.
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I had my spare and all the rest of my tires and wheels stolen. All were locked. Came home and found the jeep sitting on the ground. The way I looked at it, I got five new tires and wheels for 500 bucks, that was the deductible for insurance.
What kind of wheels and tires did you get??
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This happened on Christmas eve a few years ago. I didn't have much of a choice in what I got( every place was closed) got some good all terains and some real funky looking wheels. There all gone now, all replaced again.
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I've never heard of that before. Why would anyone steal a spare tire?!?!
Money! Biggest theft item here out west is spare's, tailgate's and catalytic mufflers.
But true. Own a pickup don't move to Phoenix, Az
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Old 10-22-2010, 08:31 AM   #14
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it's sad in our society that someone would stoop so low as to steal from a jeeper. and i am asked why i believe in capital punishment. jeep thiefs to front of the line..
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My Jeep had a locking nut on it when I bought it, but I didn't have the key so I removed it.
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:04 AM   #17
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My sister told me how she watched guys go thru s parking lot stealing spare tires from trucks. They called the police but I think the guys left before cops showed up.
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Just yesterday one of the gals in our club called me. Someone had stolen all 4 of the KC lights off of her son's Jeep (he is presently deployed) and had the new winch on it halfway off.

Thieves should be horse whipped. Yep, serious punishment would be a deterrent.
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I've heard plenty of cases of people's spare tire being stolen off their Jeep. Last year a dealer told me how one night someone stole a bunch of spare tires off new Jeeps on their lot. Use a wheel lock. Nothing can stop a determined thief, but a wheel lock is a cheap way to slow them down and maybe have them move on in search of an easier target.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:22 AM   #20
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Sorry to hear about the spare I bet most of us have them not locked. If they come sneeking around here I'll turn Killer lose on them!

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Scrap yards were paying a high price for catalytic converters here a while back, and we had thieves pulling in to Wal Mart and large shopping centers and cutting them right off of shoppers cars at night (Was all over the news). Got so bad the cops had to stake out scrap yards, targeting anyone that brought in a bunch, the cops had to get the scrap yards to cooperate and lower prices and get id's from anyone that brought one in.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:52 AM   #22
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i take it you werent using your wheel lock?
What are these wheel locks?
I know now that I don't have a spare, I'm going to get a flat!
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:52 AM   #23
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I have actually heard of this happening alot. Those lug nut locks are next to useless. I know someone who went to get their oil changed and tires rotated, but forgot to leave the key to their lug nut locks. When he returned to pick up his SUV they had gotten the spare off and rotated the tires. He asked how that was possible, and the mechanic said that removing those locks are very easy if you know what to do.

What I did to combat that problem was just buy an old fashioned chain and lock. You can put the chain threw the rim and lock it around the swinggate tailight assembly (buy a chain with a plastic cover so that you don't scratch your rim). I then purchased a spare tire cover to hide the small piece of chain that you could see (plus I really like the cover). It would be very difficult to steal my spare now.

P.S. Go on ebay and see how many single tires are for sale. Ever wonder about that???
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What are these wheel locks?
I know now that I don't have a spare, I'm going to get a flat!
I never thought about needing to secure my spare tire against thieves, never lived any where were I would have to worry about it, it's the city I'm in now for college, someone over night took it in the residence parking lot.
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Yeah I was hoping to find my tire on eBay or kijiji I've been looking I wanna find it meet up with the guy who stole it from me! I was thinking about that, just chaining it to the spare carrier, that's a good call. I need to get another spare now
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I agree that anybody that steal ANYTHING off a Jeep deserves capital punishment. I use the locking lug nut on my spare and haven't had it stolen...yet. Knock on wood. I was going to put a super cool spare tire cover on my Jeep, but from what I've heard, I'm not gonna waste my money because they get ripped off all the time too.
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What are these wheel locks?
Google "mopar wheel locks".
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Thieves, they gotta be stopped. They got my brand new car trailer that I used once for 20minutes. I was MAD as he((
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Those lug nut locks are next to useless. I know someone who went to get their oil changed and tires rotated, but forgot to leave the key to their lug nut locks. When he returned to pick up his SUV they had gotten the spare off and rotated the tires. He asked how that was possible, and the mechanic said that removing those locks are very easy if you know what to do.
Yes, wheel locks can be removed, but I wouldn't say they're next to useless. Like I said in a previous post, it'll certainly slow down a would-be thief, and possibly motivate them to search out an easier target instead. They're an inexpensive deterrent. That said, some wheel locks are much better than others. The newer Mopar ones, with the rounded side turning collar are much more difficult to remove than ones without that feature.
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junkies, stole your tire, herion is cheep, they got 30 bucks for your tire, thats 6 bags of herion.

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