I searched first, couldnt find what i wanted to know. So, ive found several products out there that claim to secure the spare. And with 300 dollar spare tire/wheel id like to make it more diffcult than just taking 3 nuts off and walking away with it!! What do you use??
Kinda hard to see sorry only pic I have right now. It is kinda "redneck" but a chain through the tire is probably the safest. I live in a horrible neighborhood and they haven't taken my spare.... Yet
A set of bolt cutters will go thru a chain like butter. The best thing you can do is locking lug nuts to secure it to the tire carrier and the more you use the more it will slow them down. If you are really paranoid use a chain too or use the chain to attach a pit bull to the back of your Jeep.
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I've taken several steps in securing my Jeep. Locking hood latches, locking gas cap, installed a lock box under the driver seat. For the wheels, I bought two sets of Gorilla locking lug nuts, keyed the same. I keep the spare key in a kitchen cupboard and store the other one in the lock box under my seat. I bought two sets, so that I can put three locking lug nuts on the spare. I also have a vinyl coated steel cable around it is well. Unless you park in a remote area in the hood, that should keep your vehicle secure.
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Since wheel locks only come in sets of 4, and the spare is hopefully the 5th wheel you have attached to the Jeep, it gets to be odd man out, unless you want to manage two wheel locks. So, I just went to Walmart, bought a locking bicycle chain type lock that is 3 ft long, covered in a black canvas so it won't scratch. Further, I took an old punctured motorcycle tube I keep around for such things, and cut to the right length. Slipped the whole affair through the tube to further ensure it won't damage anything, and so it's weatherproof, zip tied in about 5 or 6 places, then fished it through the wheel and tire carrier. It will also lock my high lift jack when I get around to getting one and mounting it to a bumper/tire rack.
The way I view it, you won't stop a determined thief from stealing your Jeep, or anything attached to it. You will only make it just hard enough to discourage the one who checks out your Jeep and convince him to go to someone else's vehicle. Nothing is safe around a determined criminal.