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From digest.v7.n571 Tue Nov 11 12:45:21 1997
From: "Ron Browne" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 08:42:42 -0500
Subject: <misc>WHeel Lock Recommendations-Reply

IT was written:

From: (Barrett Nicholas) Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 22:20:47 GMT
Subject: wheel lock recommendation needed Title pretty much says it all - I'm putting on a nice set of rims and would like them to stay put - any recommendations on good brands of wheel locks, or brands to avoid?

Barrett Nicholas
Houston, Texas
BMWCCA# 130,000
'95 325i - CeeKay, the SuperCar
JimC powered


1)Stay away from the BMW factory ones that have the little keys that fit on the keyrings. Inevitably, the tumblers in the locks tend to have problems, causing serious hassles getting the locks off. One of our local dealers refuses to even sell them anymore. BMW does have a newer factory lock that is more like the Mcgard style where you have one fat "key" that you keep in your trunk or glovebox. Bavarian alos sells a similiar one. Speaking of Mcgard, I actually dont recommend them...even with their newer (within the last 3 years) key that looks as if it fits completely over the lock-lug, I still found it difficult to press inwards (to keep it securely on the lock-lug) while pressing/turning your lug wrench to loosen the lug. Would always end up stripping at least 1 lug or the key itself. There is also a place in Canada that sells "EuroLocks" (advertised in European Car Magazine) for $29.95 a set. They are covers of sorts that fit over one of your original lugs. A small key tightens them up over so they can be pulled off. Kind of neat, but on some rims, specifically factory 318is rims from 1992-1994, they stick WAY too far out, allowing a pair of grip-pliers to remove them by force. Stay away from those too.


Ron Browne
1992 318is
Bowie, MD

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