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Old 07-23-2015, 01:12 AM
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Wheel locks defeated

Went to rotate my tires tonight prior to leaving for moab tomorrow and realized I did not get my wheel lock key back from the shop. Forget rotating the tires. How would I deal with a flat on this trip if needed? Lucky I decided to rotate my wheels. Anyway...

Irwin bolt remover - 5
Gorilla wheel locks - 0

Didn't take any longer than removing a regular lug nut. Given my situation I was happy it was so easy, but at the same time disappointed. I'm starting to buy into the wheel locks are useless argument.

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Old 07-23-2015, 03:48 AM   #2
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Wheel locks are a deterrent. I have pulled them off on the trail with die grinders and impact sockets.

Fortunately, someone running around steeling wheels probably does not have an OBA setup, or any other tools besides a tire iron and some cinder blocks.

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Old 07-23-2015, 07:23 AM   #3
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Wheel locks don't even keep lazy thieves honest IMHO.
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That's why I don't run them. All the locks do is make it more difficult for the owner. Tire thieves around here carry cordless impacts and that socket.
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Old 07-23-2015, 08:25 AM   #5
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I did a wheel swap with a local guy, both our mopar wheel keys worked on each others Jeep.

I think it is a deterent. Although i think the fact i am running fairly scuffed stock sahara rims and tires is a bigger deterent.
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