Here is my main question before I get into my rant for those of you who don't care to read. Why are these 1/2" wheel locks saying they won't fit my jeep in Amazon:
Gorilla]Gorilla Automotive 61681 Acorn Guard Locks (1/2" Thread Size) - Pack of 4 : Amazon.com : Automotive
Automotive 61681 Acorn Guard Locks (1/2" Thread Size) - Pack of 4 : Amazon.com : Automotive
I need a set as I have the black 17" pro comp wheels.
Now let me weigh in on this and address some of the arguments that have been going back and forth.
1. The gorilla locks in that link are much higher security than the full lug nuts they sell. The outside cylinder rotates, preventing you from hammering on a slightly larger socket and unscrewing it. Same story with vise grips or trying to weld to it. In my opinion 1 of these on each wheel will deter 99% of theives out there (so long as they fit). Are they unbreakable / unstealable ? No. Nothing is.
2. The "I have insurance" - I'm lost on this one. For starters, how big a pain in the @$$ to walk out and find your wrangler sitting on blocks? That claim money isn't accessible from the ATM. You're gonna have to come up with a temporary solution to get back on the road. If you can take reasonable measure to prevent this why wouldn't you? I'm in the insurance business (health - not property and casualty) but it's the same idea. If you file claims your rates go up. Not to mention that $500 or 1k deductible you would have to pay... the more insurance claims going on the more everyone has to pay as well. Please help those of us who are willing to try and deter theft.
3. The "they can be removed without a key" argument. Of course they can. Nothing out there is unbreakable. The reason they put those "security screws" on the blinders by the urinal is so your average idiot can't take a pocket knife and take them down. Not because they're unremovable. Your deadbolt on your front door to your house can also be compromised so why bother with it? Are door locks on your jeep unbreakable? Does the alarm work 100% of the time to stop theft? Nope.
4. "The key can be lost / damaged" argument - This one has some validity. It's a risk you need to think through and plan for. Maybe get a second key or lock them in a security console. In my opinion the odds of that key getting lost or damaged are much lower than some crackhead jacking your wheels and tires while you're in the theater watching Fast and Furious 6 with your lady friend. If you're trying to avoid all risk of getting stuck somewhere in your jeep go ahead and throw out your vehicle security system. That thing can get messed up and prevent you from starting the jeep. Also your whole ignition system runs on an rfid in the key so if that gets messed up it can leave you stranded without being able to start your jeep. Heck your starter can fail and not allow you to start (not me - I have a manual
). Tons of things have a chance of leaving you stranded.
5. The OP's photo tells the story. That could be your jeep in a parking lot somewhere. My thoughts are I would rather be the guy who paid $30 for wheel security and they decided not to mess with.
Thieves suck. In some cases they'll just slash your tires or ruin whatever they can't steal. Still better than them getting it. $#it happens and you can't avoid everything. Just stay classy, San Diego