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    Hi Guys and gals

    To my astonishement I realized this weekend that my spare wheel has been stolen, I got so upset I nearly drove my FORD into a Nissan, but luckily realized its not worth it.

    I drive a 2008 FORD 3.0 TDCI 4X4 and really cannot grasp the idea that someone will steep so low and steel a spare wheel.

    I have the following questions however;
    1. How can one go about ensuring that this does not happen again?
    2. Does anyone out there have a originial spare for my vehicle which I can obviously buy of them?


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    You get a sperewhee lock that you can fit, may be worth it
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    Where does one get such a lock?
    How difficult is it to install?
    Estimated Price?

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    Spare wheel theft on under-chassis mounted spare wheels is a common thing. Not sue about the Ford, but Mitsu has one on the Colts which I am pretty sure you can fit onto any bakkie as it is just a long pin which fits through one of the stud holes in the rim and a lock that goes onto the end.

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    You are not the first victim of spare wheel theft, and for sure not the last!!
    Thieves simply stick the correct crank handle in the back, turn and take your wheel. This is done very quickly in order not to attract a lot of attention.
    If you can delay them, the chances are good they will lose interest in your bakkie and move on to a next victim.
    There are quite a few spare wheel locks on the market. You can also simply use a padlock to lock the two parts of the chain hanging through the wheel together. This will stop them from quickly cranking your wheel down. Down side is, of course, that you will then have to crawl in underneath your bakkie to unlock the (then very dirty and sticky) lock when you have an emergency.

    Why does the manufacturers not do something about this??
    I guess they do good business selling new wheels to the poor victims??

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    Guys, problem solved my view settings were wrong!!

    Yes I agree, surely the manufacturers can come up with some sort of gimmick to prevent this theft from happening, an idea would be if they disigned some form of electronic device that can jack the wheel up and down.

    As far as locking the chain, dont these culprits then go and cut the chain, which could be more costly to repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AH Lessing View Post
    Yes I agree, surely the manufacturers can come up with some sort of gimmick to prevent this theft from happening, an idea would be if they disigned some form of electronic device that can jack the wheel up and down.
    And then you have not only a flat needing replacement but also an electronic device which fails to lower the spare! No thanks, for the odd flat I will take the manual route rather. The Colt lock works well and you need to spend some time with a 19flat to get the whole thing undone if you don't have the key - I suspect it may be too much trouble for the average wheel thief.

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    I used a normal chain and put the lock and chain inside a bicycle tube. You then run the chain through the wheel and lock it to the chassis.
    I am sure they donít carry bold cutters with them so that should slow them down, if they do carry one you in anyway not going to stop them from taking it.
    I lost 2 wheels like that. On the Mazda they just took it, because there was nothing to slow them down. The Isuzu had something from the manufactures that was supposed to prevent them from accessing the wheel but they just broke it and took the wheel.
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    Best idea I saw was on my Condor where you had to first open the hatch door to access the slot for the handle. Maybe they can do something similar on bakkies?

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    Now my next question

    ANY ONE OUT THERE WITH A SPARE FOR SALE

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    Mine has the SpareWheelLock & Wheel Locks on all 4.
    Was fitted by LAZ dealership, when bought in 2005.
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    AH, mine was also stolen when I had my Ford. At that tim I could buy a brand new mag from Ford for less than a steel rim price...R550. Aparently they dropped the price to try and prevent it from being stolen...
    Ford also has a standard sparewheel lock system, 10minutes to install.
    I also bought a lock, drilled a hole throught the pipe at the back where the lever is inserted and put the lock through. This prevented the lever from going through the pipe...
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    Also happened to me with my old Ford Ranger. Afterwards fitted a spare wheel lock at Tiger Wheel for about R300 odd fitted (was the 1st thing I fitted when I bought the Drifter). Went to a scrapyard and bought a steel rim, and fitted an old 245/75/15 which was lying in my garage. If you want to go for that option, I have another 245/75/15 General lying around. I do know that the new Ranger runs on 16 inch rubber.

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    Well my spare also got stolen from my 2010 Ranger. Baas teds broke the chain. The bracket that holds the spare is gone. What makes it worse is replacement of the mag and wheel is R3k + and they got a couple of rands for it...... plus I have to also replace the bracket.

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    I have had two spares stolen, one off my old Toyota and one off my Ford, how stupid is that!
    Anyway, I have fitted a spare wheel lock, a good one for about R700, it works well and if you do a bit of maintenance on it every three months or so, it is easy to remove. By maintenance I mean removing the pin and cleaning it as well as replacing the grease with some new.
    The lock through the crank handle tube does not work on the Ford, all they do is deflate the spare , it then drops low enough to get it off the chain.
    I have not had a problem since then.
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    mine got whipped off my colt. mine had that long steel locking thingy but i took the van to a place in strydom park. it stayed overnight. they kept the keys which had the key for that lock. two days later i realised it was gone, lock and all.

    popped around there to show them and they said "its not us or any of our guys" and walked off before i even finished the sentence. didnt get anything out of them. my only logic is, being a mitsubishi specialist they obviously had someone there who had a colt and had lost one and gave them some cash if theyd whip it off mine

    moral of the story be careful where youleave the key!
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