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Old 08-02-2001, 11:02 PM   #1
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Question Does anyone make Locking Valve Stem Caps?

I have some punk little kids around my neigborhood that keep letting the air out of my tires. It's beginning to be a real pain for me.

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Old 08-02-2001, 11:33 PM   #2
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Talking Ouch.

I don't know about locking valve stems, but just run 120 volts at low amperage across the copper tip of the stem. That should startle him enough to put him temporarily out of commission.

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Old 08-03-2001, 02:00 AM   #3
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Sorry to hear that, I hate people doing that. They have bikes right? They should've just done that to theirs...oh well, did they steal your valve caps too or neatly screwed them back on after releasing the air?

One main reason I didn't get those flashing valve caps.

Good luck man, or hide a camera to record their actions then threaten them to wash your car for ya for the rest of their life!

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Old 08-03-2001, 10:35 AM   #4
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Well....I thought they stole one of them, but I found them the next day sitting by the curb. So no one has any legit ideas to keep me from having to watch my car 24/7? Are there any alarm systems out there that have sensors that would react to removing the valve caps then? Some one has to make something, I mean if they make locking gas caps they should make locking valve stem caps too

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Old 08-03-2001, 10:48 AM   #5
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How long do you think superglue would stay wet on a valve stem In the morning to find the #@*#*@ stuck to your car, hehe. Seriously though, if the punks are real small tell their parents (if they care), otherwise I would set up my camcorder and have them arrrested...

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Old 08-03-2001, 10:53 AM   #6
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Well....I've never seen them do it. I just assumed it was punk kids. It could possibly be an ex-gf or a new bf from the ex-gf. Or something like that. I wish I had a garage to park in

The super glue thing would be pretty funny, I could see it now...Wake up in the morning ready to go to work and some kid is passed out by my front tire holding onto my valve stem, drooling and snoring.
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Old 08-03-2001, 11:21 AM   #7
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You could get chrome value cover, the type that you can put on with a wrench. Or get a motion sensor for your alarm. At least they need not slash your tire.
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Old 08-03-2001, 11:28 AM   #8
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Dont the ones that you put on with a wrench end up stripping the thread on the valve stem itself though?
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Old 08-03-2001, 11:29 AM   #9
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lil punks that steal valve stem covers carry wrenches...

i had 2 sets stolen off my Antera wheels (on my VW)... and those stem covers were $30 a set to replace!

and i wrenched em on... trust me...

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Old 08-03-2001, 01:23 PM   #10
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Be careful, if you do catch them or do something dumb, the damage could get alot worse. Also, if they got glued to the cap, they could just tumble roll until it came off the wheel .
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Old 08-03-2001, 01:28 PM   #11
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Well...I can say that I don't plan on doing anything dumb with the situation. I'm not really the type to take matters into my own hands. Tried that before and ended up being the bad guy. I figure if it is just kids then I can talk to them and threaten the whole "I'll tell your parents" thing. And if its someone else well...I'm sure the cops around here would love some action since nothing very exciting happens around here.

I still do like the glue idea though
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Old 08-03-2001, 01:35 PM   #12
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Dont the ones that you put on with a wrench end up stripping the thread on the valve stem itself though?
Yes. At least they did on my 4Runner.
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Old 08-03-2001, 02:11 PM   #13
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If you live in a house, motion-sensor floodlights are usually a good way to scare off punk kids. It's harder to be sneaky when there's a couple of 120W floods lighting you up. Or you could pitch a tent in a dark part of your yard and sleep out there for a couple of nights, and hope you catch them in the act. I'd bet good money it is kids. Summer time means they don't have much to do, and vandalism skyrockets.

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Old 08-03-2001, 02:58 PM   #14
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just buy a paintball gun wait for them to let the air out and when they do shoot them in the legs and the back that will teach there punk ass's
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Old 08-03-2001, 03:02 PM   #15
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LOL....Don't know if I'd wanna risk hitting my car!!
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Old 08-03-2001, 03:29 PM   #16
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Buy some chilly peppers, cut them in half and rub them on the stem and caps. If they rub their eyes or mouth they will feel it.

I did this when someone at work stole my sodas out of the fridge daily. I never had another stolen soda again!
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Old 08-03-2001, 03:41 PM   #17
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They really should make caps with an allen (or torx, or even security torx!) in the top and round on the sides, that way you can tighten them down and not have someone with pliers take them off. Damn, I think I just invented something! I want a free set if anyone starts making them!
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