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Old 05-01-2013, 08:52 PM   #1
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Preventing theft of a tailgate mounted spare

Hi there! Just curious what my options would be to keep a spare tire/wheel from being stolen off the back of my soon-to-be Jeep? As soon as my new Rubicon shows, it will be getting some XD Series wheels with 35" Nitto tires. I got to pondering today & realized I will have a good bit invested in my spare that will be hanging fom the back. I would really hate to see it walk!


Should this be a concern? What is everyone else doing? Thanks.

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Old 05-01-2013, 09:01 PM   #2
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Wheel locks I bet. What's that company who makes locks that memorize your key? They have one. It's a great idea, only the JK key that locked it can open it.

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Off topic, but don't forget to upgrade your tire carrier. I opted for the teraflex hd hinge. I have lug locks, probably not as good as that keyed lock the guy above me posted.
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Up to how much you want to spend really , you can buy one locking nut or three locking nuts

Also a cable lock not really for keeping a thief away but more of a big visual deterrent and slow down piece

So really you can do one of your liking or do all of them , but that is up to you and where you live and work

Me just a cable lock , not many 5x5 lug patterns and xd bully wheels out there
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hand grenade with a zip tie around the pin.
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hand grenade with a zip tie around the pin.
That's not a theft deterrent, it does cut down on repeat offenders though...
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I see this question a lot but never met a person who had a spare stolen. Plus have you considered the weight of that Nitto? One of the heaviest 35s out there. (X2 on the tire carrier or new hinge.) Consider that as your theft deterrent. Try hefting 90 lbs of wheel/tire into a truck or Jeep.
Whatever you do- make sure you can get the locking mechanism OFF when you need to. The last two times I wheeled people had flats and no wheel lock key. Can you say hammer? Don't want to do that to your XDs.
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make sure your insurance covers your upgrade and potential loss, order some $25 wheel locks, and forget about it.
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This is what I use....simple and works perfect against all but the most determined thief, and if they want it then pretty much nothing will stop them from getting your spare.

I use a cable lock along with the factory lock lug...which is pretty much useless.
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When I got my wheels, I added the boltlock chain lock, wheel lock, and my centercaps have locks. After changing out my daystar bumpstops by myself, I realized I should've just gotten a tramp stamp since changing out 70+ lbs is a pita.

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Locks Keep honest people honest and just make thieves damage the vehicle stealing the item. Insurance protects the owner.
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Buy a set of Gorilla lug nuts for all 5 wheels and you're set for the life of the vehicle.
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This is what I use....simple and works perfect against all but the most determined thief, and if they want it then pretty much nothing will stop them from getting your spare.

I use a cable lock along with the factory lock lug...which is pretty much useless.
hehe. people can't give those steelies away on craigslist
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hehe. people can't give those steelies away on craigslist

It's not the wheel I'm locking up....

Oh, and good luck bending back an aluminum wheel that was just destroyed by a rock, hole, or whatever...been there. No fancy aluminum for me, I like the "Old School" steels. I wouldn't put aluminum wheels on a Jeep if you gave them to me....to each his own as they say.
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Gorilla lug nuts, along with a 13/16th deep socket and ratchet to remove it when needed.
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3 locking lug nuts and a cable lock. Make it as hard as possible they will just pass on stealing your and move on to a easier one.
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Problem with Gorilla locking nuts is the keys arent hard to come by. I have 2 because of my chrome 18's on my truck. Although the rims and tires I got would give someone a heart attack loading all 4 up in a hurry.
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A good cable lock is surprisingly difficult to cut. Normal padlocks are very easy to cut, cables cant be cut with bolt cutters easily. Keep that lock lubed. My dad had a lock on a spare on an f150. Blew a tire couldnt get lock unlocked. Bahahahaha......

A very heavy tire might kill the thief. Lol.

Locking lugs can be defeated by tightening the two lugs next to the lock. Often this allows the lock to be loosened by hand. Solution? All lugs locking.

Have you folks considered that the wrangler soft top makes it the least secure vehicle on the market in the first place?
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That's not a theft deterrent, it does cut down on repeat offenders though...
Will insurance cover the loss of the Jeep? I don't care if the thieve is covered
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3 locking lug nuts and a cable lock. Make it as hard as possible they will just pass on stealing your and move on to a easier one.
I did this. Granted I use regular lugs. But the only socket that I have found to fit inside the wheel is the thinwalls used by Discount tire so it is actually a lot safer than the gorilla lugs. I also have a cable lock.
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I see this question a lot but never met a person who had a spare stolen. Plus have you considered the weight of that Nitto? One of the heaviest 35s out there. (X2 on the tire carrier or new hinge.) Consider that as your theft deterrent. Try hefting 90 lbs of wheel/tire into a truck or Jeep.
Whatever you do- make sure you can get the locking mechanism OFF when you need to. The last two times I wheeled people had flats and no wheel lock key. Can you say hammer? Don't want to do that to your XDs.

When I was selling my stock tires I had three people call me saying they had their spare stolen off the back of their jeep and wanted to buy just one tire and wheel.
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Get a Bolt Lock. Its a lug nut lock. It works with your key - just put it in an twist and it is keyed the same. Sold on Amazon. Part number is: Bolt Lock BLT5922785

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A good cable lock is surprisingly difficult to cut. Normal padlocks are very easy to cut, cables cant be cut with bolt cutters easily. Keep that lock lubed. My dad had a lock on a spare on an f150. Blew a tire couldnt get lock unlocked. Bahahahaha......

A very heavy tire might kill the thief. Lol.

Locking lugs can be defeated by tightening the two lugs next to the lock. Often this allows the lock to be loosened by hand. Solution? All lugs locking.

Have you folks considered that the wrangler soft top makes it the least secure vehicle on the market in the first place?
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there`s a great idea
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Gorilla lug nuts, along with a 13/16th deep socket and ratchet to remove it when needed.
yea don`t worry not too many jeepers have those lug nuts only jeepers want your wheels
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keeping the honest people honest

If someone wants your spare they are going to get it!

I have just one Gorilla locking lug nut on one of the 3 studs. That will keep the honest people from stealing my spare.

For the guy/gal that is not honest I believe the spare tire mount on my Jeep is plastic. I don't think any lug lock or wire strap is going to keep a thief from getting my spare.
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I have a set of Gorilla spline lug nuts. They came in a package of 23, so they replaced every stock one, including the 3 on the spare.

They may not completely prevent a determined thief but not doing anything at all is like someone saying that a professional thief will find a way into your house, whether you lock the door or not, so just leave it unlocked.
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If someone wants your spare they are going to get it!

I have just one Gorilla locking lug nut on one of the 3 studs. That will keep the honest people from stealing my spare.

For the guy/gal that is not honest I believe the spare tire mount on my Jeep is plastic. I don't think any lug lock or wire strap is going to keep a thief from getting my spare.

Its cast aluminum. And heavier than stock tires dont belong on it. Of course i have a 33x12.5 on mine....lol

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