Wheel Locks who's using them?

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  1. SubCode

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    Been through heart attacks preparing my self to DD my Volks...SO I had the Mugens which are for sale since I purchase the McGard...
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    All Canadian-spec Prii have wheel locks starting with the Gen 2.
     
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    One of our Prii came with a set. I took them off and have them in my toolbox in the garage.
     
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    I have them on mine.
     
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    Our 2010 came with wheel locks. I got tired of fussing with them, finally sprung for four extra lug nuts, removed the lock nuts.

    One thing if you ARE using them: maybe affix a label with your phone number to the lock nut socket, just in case it ends up in some mechanic or tire shop employee's pocket at the end of the day.
     
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    I've got a set of McGard's for by 19's and the factory ones for my 17's
     
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    Lol, I should have done that. I swapped my suspension from the Tanabe's to the Godspeed coils overs and was trying to get the ride height set. During my test drives I forgot to take the key off of one of the rims. I ended up having to order a new key from McGard. Lucky I had the ride height set up already.
     
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    Yeah if some mechanic finds he's kept it, even with the best of intentions, if there's no ID on the socket, what's he going to do?
     
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    Lug nuts being so much closer to the axis of rotation, I would think that the differences in weight would not be as critical.
     
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    I'm pretty sure that I read that the McGard ones are designed to be the same weight as the OEM non-locking wheel nuts.
     
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    "Wheel locks" will not stop anyone who wants your wheel/tire assys. The only one it screws are the owners when the adapter is "miss placed" and you need that assy off...now.
     
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    My 2018 Prime came with wheel locks from the dealer. Since Toyota is doing the service for the first 20K miles, I don't have to rotate tires yet. But, when I do, the wheel locks will come off and be replaced with regular lug nuts. Not a lot of Prius wheel thefts in this area of the world.
     
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    I stopped using wheel locks years ago, they just weren't worth the effort.
     
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    What "effort"? I had them on the two cars with "fancy" alloy wheels, and the used Prius came with them. When I've rotated the wheels myself, I haven't found that they take any significant effort, and when I've had the tire shop switch at the change of season, I give them the key, and they've never complained.
     
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    https://www.ebay.com/itm/STEELMAN-78537-16-Pc-Locking-Lug-Nut-Master-Set-Wheel-Lock-Key-Removal-[​IMG]Tool-Kit/162254953138?epid=671395680&hash=item25c7261ab2:g:ciMAAOSwbURcpcK4
     
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    Preinstalled wheel locks are a placedo Dealer add on to jack the sticker price. They secure nothing.

    ...and for the record, that master set is only for the honest. ;)
     
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    There are JDM brands where all lugs are locks. This is the way to go. It will take a thief forever to pop off 5 wheel locks (y)
     
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