Wheel Locks

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Wheel and Tire Upgrades' started by a dusty taco, May 2, 2014.

  1. a dusty taco

    a dusty taco New Member

    Do any of you recommend a certain brand or style of wheel locks? The dealership I purchased from didn't install any and at parts counter at my local stealership they want $60 for a set. Thanks
     
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  3. k757

    k757 Active Member

    Buy on ebay
     
  4. wash

    wash Active Member

    I bought spline drive lug nuts.

    They were cheap, they are light weight and your average tweaker/teenage wheel thief isn't going to have the right socket.

    More experienced thief's won't be stopped but nothing short of a Denver boot will stop them.

    The only downfall is the socket, you need an adapter to use it with a torque wrench and that's a pain when you are trying to change wheels at the race track.

    My solution that I'm working on is to buy a spare socket and a impact socket. After a little lathe work I'm going to weld them together to make it 1/2" drive like it should be. If that's a success I'll do the same with the original and have one from my breaker bar (to loosen) and one for my torque wrench (to tighten).

    By the way, if you are going to change wheels often, a torque wrench is the way to ensure proper torque. If you can find a coupon or wait for a sale, you can get a 1/2 drive clicker wrench from Harbor Freight for $9.99 with a nice plastic case.
     
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  5. a dusty taco

    a dusty taco New Member

    I'm trying to decide between key type and spline drive lock nuts.
    McGuard seems to be one of the best choices. I also heard of Evo MKV.
    As far as spline drive, wouldn't the ridges on the outside allow for better grip if a thief wants to hammer on a 12pt socket?
    Also looking into Gorilla Guard locks as they have a free spinning outer ring as well as the unique shaped lug.
    I guess I need to make sure the outside diameter of the locks is large enough so that there is not enough space between the lug and wheel for a socket.
    I realize no lock will prevent a professional thief from getting the wheels off, I'm just going for a deterrent to hooligans.

    As far as making sure to tighten them to the prier torque, thank you wash for the helpful suggestion. And getting access to a torque wrench shouldn't be a problem as my dad has been a mechanic for around 40 years and has several torque wrenches in different inch drives.
     
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  6. wash

    wash Active Member

    For the 12 point socket, maybe but if they know that trick, they are getting your wheels any way.

    I suggested the cheap torque wrench so you can have one for your car. The plastic case is very nice for that. If I get a flat I want my lug nuts torqued properly too. It probably weighs less than the factory lug wrench so there is that also.
     
  7. a dusty taco

    a dusty taco New Member

    Ahh I see. A torque wrench to keep permanently in the car would be a good idea. Thank you for the link and the info.
     
  8. koozy

    koozy Active Member

    I have the McGards #24196, $20 shipped online. Cheap deterrent. The part # that McGards recommended were just too long and stuck out too far. The #24196 fits flush and comes with a 19mm key size that matches the stock nuts.

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  9. a dusty taco

    a dusty taco New Member

    Is there enough room between the wheel and the lock to get a standard 12 pt socket? I know I'm kind of being paranoid about that, but while searching for wheel locks online I came across a YouTube video of a guy doing just that and getting the lock off. It was just surprising how easily he did it.
    In kind of leaning towards the Gorilla Guard locks: http://www.gorilla-auto.com/gorilla-guard-locks
    The free spinning ring would prevent this from happening. I guess the only other way to get them off without the key would be to drill them or of course bust out the flat bed tow truck.
     
  10. Carlos V.

    Carlos V. New Member

    Why do you guys want wheel lock nuts??
    Mine came with them installed I took them off right.

    Maybe it's just me, but I don't get it. What happens if you have a flat tire, how will you get the tire out without the wheel lock master nut..
    If you're going to keep the master nut in the car doesn't it defeat the whole purpose, if someone wants the wheels they will break into your car to find the master nut and take the wheels anyways
     
  11. eRic

    eRic Active Member

    my Fiesta ST was delivered with Gorilla brand wheel locks that are smooth on the end like the OE wheel nuts.
     
  12. RDgolfer

    RDgolfer Active Member

    I like the Gorilla approach...spinning outside diameter, not just a different lug design
     

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