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Lug Nut Locks

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Lug Nut Locks

Postby rwrogers11 [OP] » Mar 25 2020, 3:41pm

Well they got my wheels, and on my Bday as well, what a great way to start the weekend. Self Quarantined in the house, office close, bars closed, restaurants closed, wake up and my wheels are gone, and then to top it all off, Kenny Rogers dies, all on my Bday.

What's the best locking Lug Nuts? I'm looking at the Gorilla one. I know they can get them off too, but instead of putting one per wheel, I'm looking to replace all Lug Nuts with these.

I'm also looking to upgrade my alarm system to something that will alert me when the truck is jacked up or bounced, bumped, etc.

Anyways, whats your thoughts on Locking Lug Nuts, and on replacing all lug nuts with the Locking ones?

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Re: Lug Nut Locks

Postby nealinator » Mar 25 2020, 3:56pm

Dang! That stinks. Sorry Richard. And in my area too.

I had the gorilla ones a while back. They ended up getting a bit rusty over time...as did their lug nuts I used. I would just stick with insurance coverage. Maybe have motion lights out on the driveway. These criminals are bold and will do this stuff in broad daylight though.

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Re: Lug Nut Locks

Postby ricka182 » Mar 25 2020, 3:58pm

Welcome, Rich...and man, sorry for such a horrible birthday. You really got the total screw job..

IMO, if a thief can get one Gorilla lug off, they can get all of them off. If that delayed them at all, that would help...but if they just need a special lug-key, those are found online anywhere. They are nothing more than deterrent to some crooks...if a crook really wanted your wheels, and saw you had them, but he didn't have the key, he could find one and return.

I would definitely get an alarm with tilt sensor, but one thing on those, is they usually are more for hood open sensors, or high tow angle... the wheel doesn't need to come up much to get removed, just barely enough to take weight off.

But there may be more tilt based on different angles, or maybe mount it slightly offset on the sensor, so any motion.

Perimeter alarms also work, but if you park in a lot, you may not want that because someone getting into their own car would trigger your alarm possibly...
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Re: Lug Nut Locks

Postby rwrogers11 [OP] » Mar 25 2020, 3:59pm

We have a cam up, but it was dark, they were wearing hoodies, couldn't get any detail that would help. We plan on adding additional cams and motion lights. But I think the best will be upgrading the alarm system.
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Re: Lug Nut Locks

Postby ricka182 » Mar 25 2020, 5:15pm

Definitely more cams, and some sort of silent motion alert would be nice as well...so you know they are there and call the cops before they get away...just a light won't do much aside from maybe scare them off...for a little while.. Alarms are your best bet.
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Re: Lug Nut Locks

Postby Spartan » Mar 25 2020, 5:18pm

to the OP. To understand a method that thieves might us to remove lugnuts (regular or locking) check out the universal lug nut remover kits. Then check out locking lug nuts that have a spinning top. I don't know if the spinning top helps any, but it might be worth a try.
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Re: Lug Nut Locks

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Re: Lug Nut Locks

Postby rwrogers11 [OP] » Mar 25 2020, 6:41pm

Spartan wrote:to the OP. To understand a method that thieves might us to remove lugnuts (regular or locking) check out the universal lug nut remover kits. Then check out locking lug nuts that have a spinning top. I don't know if the spinning top helps any, but it might be worth a try.


Yeah I've watched quite a few of those now, and these locking lugs with the spinning sleeves are what I'm looking at. I know they can still get them off, but if I replace all lug nuts with them, it will at least slow them down or make them pass to a better accessible vehicle. In the meantime, motion detection lights, more cams, and upgraded alarm I think will help as well. I know the only what to make it better is to park in my garage, problem is, the truck is about 4" too long for my garage and I'd have to empty my garage first.
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Re: Lug Nut Locks

Postby roorancher » Mar 25 2020, 8:44pm

I have the Gorilla Lug Locks from the factory...All they will do, to quote a phrase often used, is keep honest people honest.....

I can remove them without the tool, either with a piece of galvanized pipe and a pipe wrench, or some 12 point disposable sockets slightly smaller than the lock, a small sledge, and a breaker bar. Probably have all 4 off in less than 5 minutes.

If thieves want them, they're going to get them. I have 8 motion detection high resolution cameras all around my property. 3 of the cameras cover my driveways. If I get "significant motion," (not small critters,) I get an alert to my phone.
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