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Old 07-07-2015, 01:53 PM
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Hi there! So, I just bought my Rubicon, but while talking to the local dealer last week (prior to buying her somewhere else), the dealer told me that they had spare tires stolen from several Jeeps in the lot. I guess that tells me we have a problem with spare tire thieves here in Podunk, IL.

I wanted some opinions on wheel locks. I could easily purchase a $30 set of 5 wheel locks at Napa...and it would probably do the job. I was looking at the Bolt, but I saw some reviews that said someone could easily get a wrench in behind it. Then others were saying you couldn't.

What are your thoughts? What is everybody else using?

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Old 07-07-2015, 02:12 PM   #2
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I used a set of five mopar locks on my factory Rubicon wheels, and will get a set of Gorilla or McGard locks for aftermarket wheels. The locks may not prevent thieves from getting what they want, but it could deter them from even starting. $30 is a good investment in my opinion

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Old 07-07-2015, 02:14 PM   #3
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I have one locking lug nut on each wheel, including the spare. Nothing stolen so far.
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I have one locking lug nut on each wheel, including the spare. Nothing stolen so far.
I counter with I have no locking lug nuts, also nothing stolen so far. And I raise you; my father had locking lug nuts. They busted his window. Broke his locking glove box for the lug nut key and stole his wheels anyways. <whistle>
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Old 07-07-2015, 03:06 PM   #5
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I have the Mopar wheel locks. Maybe they deter maybe not. I still have my wheels.
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Old 07-07-2015, 03:26 PM   #6
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McGard locks foiled a theft attempt on my Landcruiser wheels.

For my JKU, I purchased two sets of 4 McGard's. One on each road wheel, 3 on the spare. Sure, got two different keys, but I'm fine with that.
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After having a locking lug nut key fail on me and having to have the locks removed at a tire shop, I no longer use them. I'd just as soon take my changes than to have no way of changing a flat on the road some time. But, I do keep my JK parked in the garage when I"m home.
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Old 07-07-2015, 03:45 PM   #8
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Locking lugs help keep the lazy thieves/ thieves of conveinience honest. Is it worth it? IMO yes. It will also help if you need to file an insurance claim...but that is subject to your deductible and plan/ and what wheels and tires you have etc.....it still may not be worth it.
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After about 50 thousand miles or so I like to park in bad neighborhoods so I can get new tires for the cost of my deductable har har.
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Cheap insurance against kids/druggies/opportunists.

Won't stop a pro or someone intent on getting the spare at all costs, but then not much will.

I have McGards the dealer put on and I'm happy with them.
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The Mopar locks are McGards. I supplemented them on the spare with a cable lock, and replaced some of the spare tire mount bolts with Allen bolts. I hope that the crooks won't be able to unbolt the whole mount and wheel if some of the bolts are not the normal 13 mm head.
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My dealer installs the McCard locks on all new vehicles. For my previous vehicles (Ram 2500s and Town & Countrys) it was a 4 lug set. For the Jeeps it is a 5 lug set. I purchased a used 2003 Rubi in May of 2014 and saw the locking lug on the spare. I never checked the 4 wheels on the ground. When I had the tires rotated at my regular tire store I handed the service manager my lock. A little while later she handed it back to me and informed me there were no locking lugs of the four wheels on the ground.

I ordered a 5 lug set and installed them. I have been thinking about keeping the key somewhere other than the glove box, but where in a Jeep?
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:16 PM   #13
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Just MAKE SURE you keep the key in your jeep... Trying to get a wheel lock off with NO key on a trail cause you blew out the sidewall is no fun!!

TRUST me lol
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I ordered a 5 lug set and installed them. I have been thinking about keeping the key somewhere other than the glove box, but where in a Jeep?
I keep mine under the floor in the rear with the tire iron and jack
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Just MAKE SURE you keep the key in your jeep... Trying to get a wheel lock off with NO key on a trail cause you blew out the sidewall is no fun!!

TRUST me lol
X2!!!
I've ran gorilla spline lugs for a couple years and was very anal about where I kept that key! At least that style can be removed with a hammer, socket and hard work.
Those Chrysler Mc guard pieces of crap should never been seen off the road IMO, from working at a Chrysler dealer for several years ago I saw way too many of those keys break off resulting in a VERY tricky process to remove the locks usually involving torches, grinders, chisels.... it was never pretty.
My opinion is if you live somewhere you don't feel you really need them, don't use them as they can create massive headaches
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After about 50 thousand miles or so I like to park in bad neighborhoods so I can get new tires for the cost of my deductable har har.
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When I got the combo from DTD, I got them with each lug nut being a wheel lock. I didn't realize at the time, just ordered black lugs and that is what I received. If they are going to try and take my tires it will definitely take them some time.
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I use the Gorilla Guard locks (the ones with the outer sleeve that spins) I haven't really looked but with those I don't think there is room between the sleeve and the wheel hole to pound a locking nut remover on them. High quality chrome and I give them a shot of WD40 every couple of months to make sure the sleeve doesn't seize.
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The spare is the one most likely to be taken, and dealer lots are prime places since they can quickly get a set of 4 matching wheels/tires in just a few minutes.

While possible I think it is far less likely to have them taken from an individual vehicle, especially the 4 on the ground. One of the reasons I don't use anything expensive and tempting, normal factory wheels are good enough for me. I do keep a bicycle cable through the spare. It won't stop a determined thief, but will slow one down at least as much as a wheel lock.
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Hi there! So, I just bought my Rubicon, but while talking to the local dealer last week (prior to buying her somewhere else), the dealer told me that they had spare tires stolen from several Jeeps in the lot. I guess that tells me we have a problem with spare tire thieves here in Podunk, IL.

I wanted some opinions on wheel locks. I could easily purchase a $30 set of 5 wheel locks at Napa...and it would probably do the job. I was looking at the Bolt, but I saw some reviews that said someone could easily get a wrench in behind it. Then others were saying you couldn't.

What are your thoughts? What is everybody else using?

Mine came with a set of 5 from the dealer. PM me your address and I will send them to you. Never been on the road. I took them off in the dealers lot.
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I counter with I have no locking lug nuts, also nothing stolen so far. And I raise you; my father had locking lug nuts. They busted his window. Broke his locking glove box for the lug nut key and stole his wheels anyways. <whistle>
Damn, that sucks. That would be my luck.
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Thank you all very much for being so helpful!!! I checked with my local NAPA, and they only sell a couple of sets of 4 locking lug nuts...I want 5 of course, one for the spare. So, I ordered some McGards today. Not a bad price (under $20, much less than I expected). Let's hope I don't have any problems, but if I do, y'all can be the first to say, "I told you so".
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Someone tried to steal my spare last month, they ended up put some marks on my MOPAR wheel lock. Lucky I bought the wheel locks right after I bought my Jeep, otherwise my spare would be gone.
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I bought the mopar wheel locks after I purchased me wrangler, so far they are holding up good. But today I come out of work and see someone stole the 2 of my tire valve caps. Yes the conventional oem black caps from my sport tires 😑

My bet it some kid stole them for his bike.

I can't seem to find anywhere online that sells the oem valve caps, the dealer sells them but I don't want to drop 30 dollars for them.

Anyone know where I can find them or have any extra ones from their old wheels?
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I bought the mopar wheel locks after I purchased me wrangler, so far they are holding up good. But today I come out of work and see someone stole the 2 of my tire valve caps. Yes the conventional oem black caps from my sport tires dde11 My bet it some kid stole them for his bike. I can't seem to find anywhere online that sells the oem valve caps, the dealer sells them but I don't want to drop 30 dollars for them. Anyone know where I can find them or have any extra ones from their old wheels?
Do you mean the generic black plastic caps? Any auto supply store should have them. Or stop by your local shop. Should be a few bucks, not $30
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Do you mean the generic black plastic caps? Any auto supply store should have them. Or stop by your local shop. Should be a few bucks, not $30
The ones for the wrangler are a little different, they are longer, but yeah the generic oem ones.
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The ones for the wrangler are a little different, they are longer, but yeah the generic oem ones.
Ahh ok. Since I am still waiting for my JKU to arrive, I wouldn't know

I would still think a tire shop should have these
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I bought the mopar wheel locks after I purchased me wrangler, so far they are holding up good. But today I come out of work and see someone stole the 2 of my tire valve caps. Yes the conventional oem black caps from my sport tires dde11 My bet it some kid stole them for his bike. I can't seem to find anywhere online that sells the oem valve caps, the dealer sells them but I don't want to drop 30 dollars for them. Anyone know where I can find them or have any extra ones from their old wheels?
a little off topic, but yep. I lost one the last time I was airing back up after being out. I replaced it with just a regular black cap. But I too would like to find the longer one to match.
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Let's put it this way. I lost my lock key. Had the dealer just take them all off, all it takes is pounding a ratchet on there and 20 seconds your keys are defeated. I'm not even going to replace them, pain in the [email protected]#$ they are ...

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