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Old 06-02-2014, 08:11 AM
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Locking wheel lugs Useless?

My jeep came with a locking wheel lug on each wheel. Someone last night pointed out to me that they are the wrong type and totally useless because they stick out to far. Said they can easily be removed with a pair of vice grips. Do your vehicles have these type of locking lugs???? Or are they shorter??


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Old 06-02-2014, 08:53 AM
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Re: Locking wheel lugs Useless?

I have Gorilla locks but it would be extremely difficult to apply enough pressure on the OEM locks with a vice grip to get it to come lose.
Thieves will see your locks and move on to the next victim.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:32 AM
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Re: Locking wheel lugs Useless?

If someone wants your tires and wheels, they'll get them. One easy way to get around wheel locks is a chisel and hand sledge. That takes the lug right off, quick and easy. I guess keyed wheel lugs will deter the casual thief, but I quit using them decades ago.
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Re: Locking wheel lugs Useless?

they are a deterrent.

a good one IMO.

of course they can be defeated.

just like most any other protective device.

but a good deterrent for non pro/

i THINK OEM are McGard.

or there are gorilla.

look at each site. it gives lengths for their locks
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Re: Locking wheel lugs Useless?

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I have Gorilla locks but it would be extremely difficult to apply enough pressure on the OEM locks with a vice grip to get it to come lose.
Thieves will see your locks and move on to the next victim.
Casual thieves will move on. The ones that really want your wheels will have a matching tool.
The OP's picture does look like a vice grip could easily remove that "lock" so that would deter those thieves with only a lug wrench.
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Re: Locking wheel lugs Useless?

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My jeep came with a locking wheel lug on each wheel. Someone last night pointed out to me that they are the wrong type and totally useless because they stick out to far.
Those are the right ones.

My Overland came with those from the factory.
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:27 AM
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Re: Locking wheel lugs Useless?

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My jeep came with a locking wheel lug on each wheel. Someone last night pointed out to me that they are the wrong type and totally useless because they stick out to far. Said they can easily be removed with a pair of vice grips. Do your vehicles have these type of locking lugs???? Or are they shorter??


Those are the correct ones that jeep recommends. That ring on the top will turn with out the lug turning if you try to grab hold of it without the key so it is a little more dificult than just putting vice grips on it. Like the others said it will stop the casual opertunist theif but pros will take them if they want them. I bought those type but i didnt like them because they stuck out to far and looked bad so got the gorillas instead, a lot less noticable.
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Re: Locking wheel lugs Useless?

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My jeep came with a locking wheel lug on each wheel. Someone last night pointed out to me that they are the wrong type and totally useless because they stick out to far. Said they can easily be removed with a pair of vice grips. Do your vehicles have these type of locking lugs???? Or are they shorter??
From your signature photo....looks like you live in a rough neighborhood...not. LOL Do people really steal rims unless you street park in a rough urban area?
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From your signature photo....looks like you live in a rough neighborhood...not. LOL Do people really steal rims unless you street park in a rough urban area?
People steal wheels and conduct crimes anywhere!

I have the same wheel locks on my WK2 however the SRT wheel design covers a lot of the length.
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From your signature photo....looks like you live in a rough neighborhood...not. LOL Do people really steal rims unless you street park in a rough urban area?
I'm not really to concerned about having my wheels and tires stolen. I just found it odd that the locking lugs are that long. As someone else posted most locking lugs can be broken off with a hammer and chisel.
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Re: Locking wheel lugs Useless?

My oveerland has the 18" wheels and didn't come with any locking lugnuts. I don't think I'll need them either since they are generally less desirable than the 20" wheels.
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The SRT doesn't come with wheel locks either. It may be a dealership courtesy add on
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