Do Wheel locks work?

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  1. Stkrdknmibalz

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    Has it worked for you guys? What do you recommend?

    I've been eyeing the Gorilla Automotive The System for my new set.

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    Gorilla is a nice set. I would go for them.

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    Wheel locks are easily defeated but they keep the honest people honest and slow down the average punk. They are usually enough to deter a thief to steal someone else’s unless you have some super premium style that they have their eye on. I have locks on both my vehicles with factory rims. Factory wheel theft is a major problem here. The resale market is huge. There are organized groups that steal rims from dealerships and neighborhoods. They are slick enough to take them off your car in your driveway at night without you or your dog hearing them. That takes some balls with all the armed home owners. You should put some locks on for sure. I have seen some newer sets that lock every nut instead of just one per wheel. Good luck.
     
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    Have you seen this ones?

    I've got the common ones gor-21133ht_w.

    Is it worth upgrading to this ones? 91pkwdx-U1L._SL1500_.

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    If someone really wants your wheels, they'll get it. Just like a bike lock on a bike, just slows down or make the thief look for an easier target.
     
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    What kind of rims do you own? It will slow down a thief who isn’t prepared but that’s about it.
     
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    Enkei EKM3

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    Either of those look good. Its worth the extra $10 for the nice pouch to put the key in. A couple of other considerations. Put the key in a easy to access location in the car but not the glove box or console. I keep mine under the rear floor with the spare tire. Make sure wifey knows where it is in case she needs to take the car for service or it breaks down. Keep track of the paperwork that comes with the lock because it has the serial number needed to order a replacement key if the need should arise. When you go in for service put the key in the cup holder and tell the service writer where it is located. Lastly, when you pick up the car from being serviced make sure you physically see the key before pulling out. Don’t let them tell you “ they put it back”. TWICE I checked before I left and the key wasn’t with the car, it was still in the air wrench in the service bay. Once you drive off you wont know its missing until 6 months later and your trying to change a tire on the side of the road.
     
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    A good alarm is 1000X better if you can.
     
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    Though the first ones are very common unlike the second ones which makes be think twice before upgrading

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    I have two sets of Amg rims that cost a shi...ton of money. They have done their job. Haven't gotten them stolen yet!

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    What brands and type?

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    I knew a kid back in the day who used to steal wheels to make a few bucks. He took a milk carton (Metal) and a 2x4 or tree branch and lifted the car up while his other friends took the wheels off with vice grips. Then he gently put down the car on the ground and did the other side. Total was like 8 minutes to take 4 wheels, even with wheel locks.

    The locks are a bit better these days but most of them already have master keys which anyone can get. I've seen thieves in NYC take wheels when cars are parked in driveways.

    If they want them that bad, they will get them.
     
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    That kid doesn't know what he's doing.
    You just put blocks under the axles/frame, have a valve stem tool and pull the valve stem out which deflates the tires in seconds. No need to jack up the car or bring extra stuff. The height the car drops from no air in the tires will make it sit right on the supports and you take the wheels off.

    Locks only stop honest people. If someone wants them, they're taking them. Doesn't hurt to try to slow them down wherever you can but the reality is this - You can still have wheels taken off in seconds no matter what you put on them. There are special wheel lock removal tools that are generic and take lugs off (destroys them basically) no matter what key pattern they are. Above method coupled with a portable electric impact...gone.
     
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    He stole a ton of rims and wheels, so I think he knows what he's doing. Plus letting the air out like that will produce noise which is noticeable.

    Whatever though, many ways to do it.
     
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    MB oem wheel locks

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    Ah! Those are similar to the mcgards

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    If you really care the only and best option is a DEI alarm with fob/app notification. Wheel locks are just a deterrent for the lazy.
     
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    @erickonphoenix what do you use in TX seems to be very common out there. At least last time I was there

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    My brother showed me a few tricks to take off almost all wheel locks, he has a few methods as the junkyard gets a lot of them and you can sell wheels pretty quickly for some good cash. Plus we don't want the wheels sitting in the junkyard, that is the first thing that gets stolen.

    He must have 10 master sets of wheel lock keys in the garage, or more

    The most creative way I have seen him remove them is with 5 minute epoxy and some old sockets that barely fit over the wheel lock. Sometimes he drills a little hole and epoxy's something in the hole to turn.

    I stopped using them as its a pain when I change tires.
     
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