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Old 06-18-2009, 10:37 AM   #1
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Default wheeltek spline lugs?

I bought black g forces with a red lip on wheeldude.com and I am not sure but I think that the wheeltek spline lugs that I ordered serve as wheel locks as well. Is this true or should I buy some wheel locks?
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wheel locks are a waste of time.

A spline drive lug is essentially the same thing, just with fewer variations.

In my experience, wheel locks only ever keep the actual owner from removing the wheels. (When they lose or break the key)
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what is the main difference between spline lugs and wheel locks?
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what is the main difference between spline lugs and wheel locks?
Spline drive lugs take an adapter socket...all lugs of the same brand use the same adapter/key.

Wheel locks come in many variations, so that locks of the same brand take a different 'key' to take the 'lock' off.

Typically a 'lock' is nothing more than an oddly shaped nut.
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I was wondering the same thing. So basically as long as the person does not know what brand lugs you have they can't get them off in there spline drive.
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I was wondering the same thing. So basically as long as the person does not know what brand lugs you have they can't get them off in there spline drive.
Depending on the nut, you can almost always get a spline drive nut loose by using a regular hex socket....or by using a slightly undersized hex socket that fits tightly enough over the splines for you to loosen it.

Using an undersize socket is the same technique a thief would use to take off most 'wheel locks'....its very common, and very easy to do. This is why wheel locks are mostly a waste of time. In the real world, they are usually more of a hassle for the actual owner than they are for a thief.
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