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post #1 of 11 Old 01-08-2007, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Wheel Lock - Yes or No

I turned 300 miles on my JK Sahara today. I smile at the 18" wheel option that came w/ it and I wonder.

I have had 4 Wranglers b/4 this one, and I believe all of them had anti-theft wheel locks on all 5 tires. Current Sahara sits without them......I live in a low crime neighborhood, but do travel.

1. Should I get a set.

2. What is the best set/deal/offer.

3. Does a lock on a real wheel change the balance of the tire? (sorry if this is a silly question)

4. Should I bother at all (like anyone who really wants my spare will have it in 20 seconds anyway...)

I'm curious about the experience and advice of you guys..

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post #2 of 11 Old 01-08-2007, 05:43 PM
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I turned 300 miles on my JK Sahara today. I smile at the 18" wheel option that came w/ it and I wonder.

I have had 4 Wranglers b/4 this one, and I believe all of them had anti-theft wheel locks on all 5 tires. Current Sahara sits without them......I live in a low crime neighborhood, but do travel.

1. Should I get a set.

2. What is the best set/deal/offer.

3. Does a lock on a real wheel change the balance of the tire? (sorry if this is a silly question)

4. Should I bother at all (like anyone who really wants my spare will have it in 20 seconds anyway...)

I'm curious about the experience and advice of you guys..

--jimmyjack
Great question, I have 1 wheel lock on the spare tire, I wonder if I can get 4 more lug nuts from Jeep with the same key? damn I better start making a list!

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Thanks, if it is that good than I'm sure that they can't sell it in California. Everything else is illegal in this state except the illegalsl
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HMMMMMMMM maybe its better to not have locks and if they do get stolen, wooooohooooooooo new rims!

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post #4 of 11 Old 01-08-2007, 05:50 PM
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You probably can't stop a determined thief. You just have to reduce the odds by not making yours an easy target. After that, you have to rely on insurance (less the deductible of course).
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5 locks for $36.00

Inexpensive, simple, low tech theft-deterrent probably worth the peace of mind.
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post #6 of 11 Old 01-09-2007, 12:08 AM
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I always use wheel locks on my cars/trucks/Jeeps. For the small price of admission, it's worth making it that much harder for some creep to steal your wheels. At the minimum, get one for your spare. Those are just too easy for someone to rip off.

Seeing that you have the optional 18" wheels, I'd definitely get some locks. Jeep owners are usually very hands-off when it comes to other's Jeeps and don't steal off of them, but the new JKs are attracting some owners that haven't been Jeep owners before (see any recent rap videos starring the new Wrangler) so they might not show the same courtesy to your rig as old-time Jeepers would.

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I used to have a Camaro years ago. One night I was parked at a condo clubhouse. The next day I noticed that the plastic caps that go over the lugs were missing from the lugs that were locking. Also the center caps were missing. I think in that instance having the locks kept my rims from getting stolen.

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post #8 of 11 Old 01-09-2007, 05:07 AM
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Yeah - I've got the 5-piece lock set from Mopar. They're good quality and won't rust. I remove them when I go off-roading so I can deal with a tire problem easier.

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Those Gorilla lock sets include only 4 locks. Most all of us need 5.

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post #11 of 11 Old 01-09-2007, 09:47 PM
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There is one Gorilla set with 5 locks. I don't know the part number off hand.

Or just buy a 4 lock set and then when you call Gorilla to order a spare key (You do carry a spare key in your offroad tool bag don't you?) you can order 1 more lock for like 5 bucks. That's what I did last time.

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