WHEEL THEFT PREVENTION TIPS | My Factory 20’s were STOLEN!

WHEEL THEFT PREVENTION TIPS | My Factory 20’s were STOLEN!


Hey guys, what’s going on? So as you can see over my shoulder here I’ve got my 2014 GMC Sierra here in the
driveway again And she’s got some new shoes on her These are… They’re the 22”… They’re basically Denali wheels They came out of the GM Performance Parts
catalog What differentiates these from the standard,
stock Denali wheels Is these little inserts right here On the Denali I think these are chromed I think this is still the same paint But these little plastic inserts right here These are chromed And as you can see mine are black They’re only held on with three little screws Two up here And one that’s back here This was an expense that I didn’t intend
on making What happened was All 4 of my wheels were stolen Ok, it was parked out in front of my house And all 4 wheels got stolen The thieves just put the truck back down on
the street Sitting on the rear rotors, sitting on the
front ball joints And so obviously I don’t want that to happen
again Now the reason that I bought these wheels Over replacing them with the 20’s that were
on the truck Is these wheels were actually less expensive They came out to about $250 less per wheel Than replacing them with the 20” wheels
that were on the truck So, I’ve got a $1000 deductible… $250 per wheel, that 1000 bucks Basically I didn’t have to pay anything
out of pocket Insurance covered the whole thing And I think I got a better looking wheel anyway Obviously I don’t want my wheels stolen
again So I’m going to do what I can to try and
prevent that And I’m going to show you a few things over
here on the table that I’m going to do Clearly it’s very difficult to 100% prevent Theft or vandalism or anything like that So, I’m going to do the best I can And I’m going to show you some of the parts And some of the little tools I’m going to
use to try And protect my property So let me show you what’s on the table Ok, so the first thing that I went with Like most people go with Is a set of wheel locks Now these are from Gorilla Guard Part number is 66641 I researched wheel locks and what I really
researched Was how thieves defeat wheel locks I bought these cause I thought they were the
best At least the best fit for my situation They have this little collar on the end of
the lock Let me show you There’s the whole wheel lock And they have this little collar right there
that’s splined on the inside Let me see if I can get something to make
this show up better Ok So I put just a simple blue line on there And you can see that these two parts rotate
independently of each other One of the ways that thieves defeat wheel
locks is they just take any old socket Or not just any old socket But a socket that’s just a little bit smaller Than what would fit over the wheel lock And they take a hammer and just drive this
socket on there And then it bites in enough that they can
loosen the wheel locks That’s one way they defeat it And there’s several others But that’s the one that I’m going to try
and defeat them With these little wheel locks So this is the first line of defense We’ll just see… Ya know, do the best we
can Comes with it’s own specialized key I’ll show you what I’m going to do with
this later Cause I don’t just want to put it inside
the truck Cause then the thieves are just going to Smash my window and take the key And then take the wheels off But it does come with it’s own little key I actually just got it to kinda fit there
on it’s first shot But it is keyed to only work one way So we got that The other one… Now people complain a lot about Harbor Freight
Tools And I don’t blame them, I mean they do make
some cheap stuff But I do own some Harbor Freight stuff One of the Harbor Freight things that I own Is this stamping set Right there on the top, Stamping Set Small…. I think it’s 1/4” Numbers and letters 0 through 9 And then A through Z What I’m going to do is I’m going to take
my wheels off And I’m going to stamp, basically my initials Or I’m going to stamp something in the wheels
so if they do get stolen There’s at least some way to identify them
as my wheels When the 20’s got stolen Obviously the first thing I did was jump on
Craigslist and look around I mean… Those wheels are very common And there was a lot of sets for sale There’s no way for me to identify that set
as mine So, basically all it was doing was pissing
me off And so I just quit looking cause I knew that I wasn’t going to get those wheels back So, possibly in the future if the wheels do
get stolen There’s going to be something marked on
those wheels That if I do find a set… One, these are unique Because of those black inserts They’re not just your standard 22” Denali
wheels Those black inserts make them kind of unique We’re going to make them personal With a stamping set So we’re going to pull all four wheels off Probably do it on the flange… On the back of the flange I certainly don’t want to stamp anything
on the front So on the back of the flange we’ll stamp So let’s just get to work So obviously you’re looking at the back
side of the wheel here I’ve got my stamps here These are the initials that we’re going
to put on there M C 82 Milkcrate82 And I’m also going to number the wheels
1 through 4 So we’ve got number one here I’m going to stamp it just right in there You could do it here, here… This is just where it layed When I leaned it up against the shed here So right above the flange area right in there
is where I’m going to stamp it So let me bring you in a little bit closer Alright, right about in there Yeah, that looks good on film So this is the M, alright, let’s just get
to it Ok Well on film that looks like a 1 But it’s actually an M It’s a little faint Ya know I’m just going to leave it In the past I’ve tried to set these up again And it just looks terrible So, from a different angle, it looks like
an M So let’s just keep going Alright, there we have it See, kind of looks like an M from a different
angle It doesn’t have to be pretty But there’s going to be No other wheels that are going to have this
stamp on it M C 82, wheel number 1 Let’s put it back on and do the other three Ok, so I just ran them up With the little electric impact wrench Just seated Just to run them up Faster than I can do it by hand Then I used the breaker bar to give them just
a little torque Now it’s set down on the ground And I’m going to do the final torque Now, I’ve looked online… And there’s a lot of discrepancies on wheel
torque I finally found it after about 20 minutes
of looking in my owners manual I found what they recommend as wheel torque Let me give you the page 12-3 Under Capacities So this is also engine oil with filter capacity It’s at the very, very bottom Wheel nut torque Right there Scroll across 140 foot pounds So I do have a nice, new electric torque wrench So that’s what we’re going to use Turn it on It’s already pretty close Hopefully that’ll show Set to 140 foot pounds So I’m going to do the 5 factory lug nuts
first And then the locking lug nut And the last one is the lock nut Get this on there in the right position There we go It is a little frustrating A 13/16” socket fits the key… Fits the key the best And a 7/8” fits those lug nuts the best Or a 22mm I think Here we go, still set to 140 ft/lb And there we go, all torqued up So that’s the basic process of what I’m
doing We’re going to do the wheel locks, tag each
wheel With stamping, something that cannot be removed So now I’ve just got to do it 3 more times And then we’ll finish out this video Ok, so I just finished torquing down all 4
wheels on the truck There’s one more little thing that I want
to do To kind of make sure everything is nice and
secure And that’s something I’m going to do to
the little locking key So, let me bring you here inside the shop And I’ll show you what I’m going to do So I’m over here at the drill press Like I said, I’ve got one more thing to
do This is the key You can see the little splines in there that
engage The little notches inside the little locking
lug nuts I’m going to drill one hole through the
center of this And once I get that done, we’ll go back
to the truck and I’ll show you Why I wanted to drill a hole through this So, lets get this kind of centered up Eyeball centered…. Doesn’t have to be
super perfect Right about there and I’ll clamp it down Ok, so we’re done drilling the little hole
through our key And I’ve just run some zip ties in there Just to give you an idea I don’t know where I’m going to put this Let me set you up here on this table and we’ll
finish out this video Like I was saying, I’m not sure where I’m
going to put this But now instead of just throwing it in the
glovebox or the center console We can hang this under the hood We can tie it up under the truck It can go somewhere where a thief is less
likely to find it So I’m going to look around the truck and
find out exactly where I want to put this You know, all we’re really doing here We’re not trying to prevent theft That’s pretty hard to do especially if you
live in a Major metropolitan area like I do The best we can do here is mitigate the loss And that’s all I’m doing here The best solution is… at least in my opinion I’m sure somebody can poke holes in everything
I’ve done here And all my theories First one is, don’t own anything that is
worth stealing Go buy a work truck with the 17” steel wheels
and nothing fancy Nobody wants that stuff No thief wants that stuff It doesn’t really have value in resale So that’s number one Number two If you’re going to own something fancy,
insure it And, number three Do something like this, get wheel locks Stamp your wheels so that if they are found
they can be identified as yours And you will get, at least get your property
back Get something back That’s all I can tell you One thing that I think we need to understand
about theft and thievery is That most thieves are opportunists Meaning that if they can’t get it quick
and easy They’re going to move on to something else So, that’s one thing wheel locks are good
at They can drive by, they look They see it’s got a wheel lock And they go, never mind If they do think that they can break the wheel
lock Like I showed you earlier, that things got
that little twisty part on it They may sit there and try and hammer a socket Try to get them off They’re going to make a hell of a lot of
racket And I don’t think it’s going to work Maybe it could, maybe it wouldn’t…. I
don’t know So, that’s kind of the whole theory behind
this I may get a car alarm, we’ll see All this has it the factory… the factory
alarm Which, when these wheels got stolen it was
on The truck was locked But as the Cop told me There’s no sensors in the truck that detect
any movement If the truck is being lifted or jostled in
any way And he recommended getting an alarm system
that has that feature So, we will see about that And if I go that route, I’ll certainly film
the installation So if a thief comes and looks at these wheels
and they want to steal them Yeah, they can bust my window out and dig
through the truck And they can do a lot of damage inside the
truck But again, mitigating the loss They won’t find the key And I won’t lose my wheels There’s still going to be damage It’s kind of just they way it is So that it guys, I’m going to crawl around
on the truck Under the hood See where I want to put this key I’m also going to contact Gorilla and have
them send me out a second key Maybe even a third key I think they’re 10 or 15 dollars And they can throw it one flat-rate box and
ship to me for another 2, 3, 4 bucks But I appreciate you guys watching I hope you like the video If you do, give me a thumbs up, subscribe And we’ll see you on the next one.

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  1. Alarm w all kinds of sensors. Steering wheel lock, wheel locks and it will cost them a life to try to pass all this security. Plus a tracking device in case fools tow yo shitt

  2. Hey bud, I just wanna tell you, spline drive lug nuts are easy to defeat with the gator grip universal sockets – its the one with the pins inside.

  3. If you find a set on Craigslist from a shady guy who doesn't have a chevy truck, you got something. You should be able to spot your wheels/tires if you are a gearhead.

  4. If your truck has tire pressure sencors they are vinned to the trucks computer. I watched a video where they found the stolen rims from a Cevy 3500 and got the crook beccause the tire pressure sencors vin # matched the one in the trucks on board computer.

  5. I was little boy about 1990's someone did theft my brother's truck four wheels and car radio. My brother's birthday today and was passed away last October 4, 2005. My brother would be 49 years old today. I've lost his life.

  6. Now the thieves will be prepared to come again knowing your prep and the new nice wheels and tires you just put on lol, dont want your stuff stolen, cameras/dogs/ and a paint ball gun to mark them with special dye hard to wash off. lmao

  7. I see so many things wrong here:
    1. You bought a GM truck.
    2. You park it on the street. (You obviously have a garage
    3. Your insurance deductible is ridiculous.
    4. Your neighbors aren't worth a damn if NONE of them noticed an unsavory looking person fucking with your truck.
    5. The assumption a thief can't get a key for that wheel lock.
    6. The fact that you think stamping them does anything useful.
    Don't waste your money on an alarm system. Invest in some cameras. Either on you house or cameras in the vehicle. Make sure the quality is good enough to see them and can hopefully get license plate/vehicle information.
    4.

  8. You can also have the dealer record the serial numbers from the TPMS sensors on each wheel. Should the wheels be recovered, that would be a positive identification since the serial numbers are unique.

  9. Jeez, that pickup looks just like my old one….the wife left me and took the truck when she went…..I really miss her, she was a great truck.

  10. Good idea, how about stamping it with your driver's license number? if the wheels get found by law enforcement you might get them back even faster

  11. The lugnut torque is 140 for Tahoe Escalade Yukon Silverado Sierra etc. Pretty much model year 2000 and up. I work at a tire shop so I learned lots of torque specs.

  12. They just stole my brand new wheels and rims WITH wheel locks off my brand new Honda Accord Sport from in front of my condo. So frustrating. 7,000 miles, 1 month old.

  13. Same shit happened to me on my new Silverado 4 DAYS after I bought it. It’s a really awful feeling. Punk ass thieves are the scum of the earth!

  14. Wheel lock lug nuts only keep the amateurs from stealing your wheels. Add a shock sensor to your factory alarm. Or stamp your VIN on the "outside" of the wheels; I would rather have a small VIN stamped on the "outside" of my wheels, than no wheels. Thieves will not want wheels that are stamped with a VIN, and will not try and grind it off, that would ruin the wheels and they could never sell them, at least to any sane person.

  15. Just kill the thieves fucking low life’s man

    I mean seriously they have welfare they don’t gotta steal more from us ffs

  16. Another tip is to park your wheels right up to a post or wall or another vehicle of someone who lives with you thieves won’t steal only one side (2) of wheels

  17. Man that's fucked up that they took your wheels. I know this is old but I hope whoever stole your wheels had explosive diarrhea for 3 weeks!😂🤣

  18. I feel your pain friend… Had bought wheels for my IROC back when I was attending college the car was eyed and stolen. When found a few days later the wheels and stereo were gone. And yes I had wheel locks and an alarm. but these guys can be professionals and in my case they just took the whole thing with ease.

  19. Great idea by stamping them. But I noticed all wheels that are up for sale on letgo or offer up usually show you the front of the wheel. Why not stamp them on the front of the rim like around the rim where if they post it online you’ll be able to see your markings. I’m sure they wouldn’t even know those are your secret marking they’ll probably think it’s part of the rim. I would put my phone number and leave the area code out .

  20. You should also take a picture of the wheels with your individual number then either the picture to paper on your copier or make actual pictures. This way when you need to report these stolen you can give the police actual pictures. I do this to my bicycle and other important things

  21. What you get for getting a gay mans truck. Next time get a dodge,ford and quite wearing female panties!! Only pussys drive chevy

  22. Something I’ve always wondered … what if someone buys the same set of locks and now has a key fits your locks … or is every batch of lock and key different …. ???

  23. you are not "mitigating the loss" you are in fact "trying to prevent theft". please stop ruining this country.

  24. They don’t steal your wheels now bro. They already got the chrome ones they were after lol. The experiment would have been better if you did all that to the chrome wheels and see if they could steal them or not. Either way great video.

  25. Just camp out inside your trunk with some bear mace and an AK 47 a couple nights till u catch them:)

  26. I got my 2019 Camry wheels stolen a few days ago I feel your pain🥺. They didn’t just steal them but they put a concrete block on the side of my car and bent my side skirts and doors due to the weight of of my car laying on it

  27. The definition of a lock is something you need a key to take off no wheel lock needs a key check 5star wheellocks.com

  28. I love you harbor freight jack, stamps, impact gun I have the same stuff lol Trump 2020 harbor freight ain't bad for things like this I got a battery tender and drill bits

  29. It's called put a few NRA stickers on the back window and Rock a Glock 2nd amendment strong because its our right to protect OURSELVES from criminals and tyranny our cities are a fucking war zone run by criminals and democrooks Trump 2020

  30. question, unfortunately i just had my wheels stolen from the train station while I was at work. They took all 4 and the tow truck took it away. When the thieves stole your tires, did they scratch the discs? (Appropriate term is rotors, I think?) I'm worried that my insurance is going to cheap out and just replace the tires and not the rotors and the bottom of my car that was scratched… I had just bought my car a little over a month ago 🙁 thieves are the worst.

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