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    Default Wheel locks, any point?

    Hi guys,

    Don't live in the hood (NE), and my new Forester didn't come with any wheel locks. Should I get some? Car is always garage parked. Is stealing of wheels still a thing?

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    For factory rims on a car like that, I'd say no its not worth it.
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    Odd that your car didn't have wheel locks put on during PDI process? But as above, the likely hood of someone wanting to steal your factory wheels are low, but you never know and one day wake up on blocks.

    How much are your OEM wheel locks? $100? Might be a investment deterrent for thief to move on to next car without locks
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    It's a very cheap deterrent for crimes of opportunity, but does nothing to prevent a planned theft (anyone can buy the wheel keys online). I'd use them if you have expensive factory rims or aftermarket rims. For factory rims on a regular car it's less important IMO, but either way they are so cheap so why not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dj_rice View Post
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    Odd that your car didn't have wheel locks put on during PDI process? But as above, the likely hood of someone wanting to steal your factory wheels are low, but you never know and one day wake up on blocks.

    How much are your OEM wheel locks? $100? Might be a investment deterrent for thief to move on to next car without locks
    I think they might have forgotten, not sure. I bought the car Wed evening over the phone, picked up Friday morning, and they had to do a few accessory installs as well, so think the quick turn around maybe caused this. I should double check. Car comes with black 18s which look pretty decent, but doubt anyone would want to steal them.


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    My Impreza came with a set when I bought it, but that was back in 2008. Check the spare tire compartment?

    That said, I don't really think they're that much of a deterrent. You can remove a lot of them with gator grips. If thieves are walking around with a tire iron with the intent of stealing rims, they're probably gonna have gator grips with them too.

    They're more of an annoyance to fine tire retailers like @tirebob when people forget to tell them about the wheel locks and they can't find a key for it.

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    Locking wheel nuts are usually an option, so if you car came with them it will probably be a line item on your bill of sale.

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    I reached out to the sales guy to double check, and he said it's an option and most people don't like them...because as mentioned a few posts up, people lose them! I think they are an inconvenience when swapping winters on, but will think about it. Thanks everyone for the input. He did mention that it's up to the dealer usually. My previous Crosstrek (bought at different dealer) and my dads Mitsubishi came with them.

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    I had those puzzle wheel locks. I hate those things....took them off. If someone steals my rims, that's what insurance is for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lex350 View Post
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    If someone steals my rims, that's what insurance is for.
    No nononononono you are doing it wrong. If someone steals your rims, find a pothole to blame it on. Just say it vaporized it. I can't afford deductibles.

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    Agree on the annoyance part, it's just extra time to switch to the key when changing wheels with an impact wrench. With that said, the annoyance never made me buy the 4 matching nuts to replace the locks yet since they never gave me the original lug nuts.

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    Most dealerships charge you extra and pretend it's included. But you can decline.
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    I would pay the $100 just so they don't put them on. Hate screwing with them for winter wheels changes.

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    If someone wants your wheels, they will get them. Locks or not.

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    Ya man. Hub caps are better. It's harder to remove a hub cap than it is to remove a wheel lock.

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    Not worth it on stock wheels iMO as others said.

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    Locks only keep out honest people... Maybe if you live in the hood and have super rare expensive wheels and you want a deterrent they can serve a purpose, but really, I would rather the little bastards steal them and go through insurance for replacement rather than to repair damage from an unsuccessful and inept thieves. Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by tirebob View Post
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    Locks only keep out honest people... Maybe if you live in the hood and have super rare expensive wheels and you want a deterrent they can serve a purpose, but really, I would rather the little bastards steal them and go through insurance for replacement rather than to repair damage from an unsuccessful and inept thieves. Lol
    Sound advice, as always.
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    Park the car somewhere secure instead of locking just the wheels.
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    I never asked for them but there was a set in the glove box of my Sienna and MDX and they are sitting nicely on my shelves, was going to get rid of them so if anyone wants them they can have one or both.

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