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These are the only non-oem locks I could find that are ball seat specific. Everything else out there has a straight shoulder. Even "acorn" locks are still straight shoulder. Will have to see if they rust out next winter. They do stick out a little more than the other wheel nuts.
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Not a lot of choices out there for ball wheel locks. Purchased the exact same wheel locks from my 19 MDX back in March of 2019. We don't get a lot of precipitation in NM at 7-9 inches per year. No issues so far with rust and always had good luck with Gorilla brand since my 06 TSX.
 
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Wheel locks are a false sense of security and a waste of money. They might make an amateur thief move on to another car, but they won't stop a real thief. A team of 4 pros can remove all 4 wheels in under 2 minutes! Lots of videos on YouTube.

If you have a flat and can't find the wheel key, you're screwed because you can't change the wheel until help arrives with that key or tools to bust off that lock.
 
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Make sense. We shouldn't lock our car doors, use door locks at home, and shouldn't password protect our sensitive information also for easy access for amateur and pro thiefs.. The same determined thief can also gain access to those things with around the same amount of effort of stealing rims.
 
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Make sense. We shouldn't lock our car doors, use door locks at home, and shouldn't password protect our sensitive information also for easy access for amateur and pro thiefs.. The same determined thief can also gain access to those things with around the same amount of effort of stealing rims.
These examples aren't exactly the same as the wheel nut example, especially the password example, but the door locking one is somewhat similar.

A big potential issue with the locking wheel nuts is if the key is lost or misplaced. I've had locking nuts before and felt the anxiety of the key not being exactly where I thought it was but thankfully I found it. We tend to use a car key and house key on a very frequent basis so usually are no more than a couple of days, or even hours from the last use and can find them easily. With a locking nut it can be many months since it was last used. If a mechanic does work with the wheels one needs to be extra careful to get the key back from them because they can easily be missing after getting the car back.

I don't bother with wheel locks anymore and haven't in decades and haven't had an issue and I always park the MDX and prior SUVs outside (in a driveway - not on the street) since I reserve the garage for other cars. I know it's too easy for thieves to remove the locking nuts - especially when they set out specifically to steal wheels.

The main thing is to have theft insurance. There likely would be some deductible but the loss would be lessened.

If I lived in a setting where I had to park the vehicle on the street and especially if my vehicle was nicer than most of the rest of the vehicles parked there I'd likely consider using the wheel locks as at least a bit of effort to avoid the theft.

Another theft deterrent if parking outside overnight is to use a car cover. While anyone can easily remove it, the cover just adds some hassle and makes the thieves that much more noticeable and makes it a little harder to scope out the vehicle beforehand.
 

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Those examples are exactly the same as wheel locks. A determined thief will not be stopped by a locked window/door, rim locks, car door lock, or access to your personal accounts with the right tools and time. Why make it easy for them if your MDX without locks is parked next to mine with wheel locks.

Never had an issue losing my wheel lock key, house key, or car keys so zero anxiety there. It is A-OK for someone to use wheel locks, get AcuraCare extended warranty, add PPF/Ceramic coating, add running boards, etc... No damage done if you decide for or against any of those options.
 
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It is A-OK for someone to use wheel locks, get AcuraCare extended warranty, add PPF/Ceramic coating, add running boards, etc... No damage done if you decide for or against any of those options.
You're right, people can do what they want, but an advantage to forums like this is to see different perspectives on some of the topics so one can be more informed when they end up making their decision which is why even if two posters post differing opinions, like perhaps you and I in some cases (and agree on others), they can both be beneficial to others considering the topic.

In this particular post by the OP though, I suppose it's more about the 'type' of lock, specifically the lock's seat, rather than whether to use locks or not. I was mostly reacting to what stuart posted.
 

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Make sense. We shouldn't lock our car doors, use door locks at home, and shouldn't password protect our sensitive information also for easy access for amateur and pro thiefs.. The same determined thief can also gain access to those things with around the same amount of effort of stealing rims.
Your sarcasm is so perfect that it makes me think you're serious. I always lock my car, my home, and use strong passwords. Except for my cars and trucks, it'll take a lot longer than 2 minutes to break in.

A wheel thief may go unnoticed for some time, but not a thief tries to break into my home. My perimeter and interior video alarm systems will automatically turn on the exterior floodlights, play a prerecorded warning message, and notify me and my monitoring company, who will phone the police. My property is posted, and a thief who breaks in risks saying hello to my little friend and a Veteran.

 

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I was watching the action thriller movie "Interceptor" on Netflix the other day. The main character had a plan to take back a missile platform. An advisor to the president didn't support the plan because it only had a 14% chance of success by his calculations. What struck me as strange was not attempting this plan would lead to 100% failure and 16 cities being nuked. I see wheel locks the same way as a 14% success in by favor compared to 100% failure against me if I'm in that situation on one of my coast-to-coast trips.
 
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. I see wheel locks the same way as a 14% success in by favor compared to 100% failure against me if I'm in that situation on one of my coast-to-coast trips.
(I realize I'm carrying on here but that's because the thread is carrying on)
But with the wheel locks it's some percentage of theft reduction along with some percentage of chance a thief will try to steal the wheels in the first place. The former will depend on the types of thieves operating in the particular area and the latter will depend largely on the area and circumstances - like my example of it being the most expensive set of wheels parked on a readily accessible street perhaps not in the greatest area of town - so it may be more like a 50% reduction on the odds of 1% that the vehicle will have the wheels stolen in the first place. Those numbers can skew so maybe it's a 30% reduction on odds of 5%. Either way it's not a big difference - but it is 'some' difference.

While my unlocked wheels on any SUV I've owned (37 tears in a row now) have never been stolen, we have no way of knowing if your wheel locks have saved your wheels, maybe even multiple times. Perhaps they helped in your situations.

The locks are inexpensive and won't hurt, unless the key is misplaced or the nut seizes to the lug, so if they leave someone with a sense of more security, that's fine.
 

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I usually go aftermarket rims on my vehicles. I opt for the closed end spline lug nuts that needs a specific socket key to undo the 4 lugs and the lugs fit almost flush with rim lug opening. I add another aftermarket wheel lock like Gorilla. I have two keys for each vehicle. Depending on the method used to steal the rims, the thief might end up damaging the rims in the process trying to remove 20 lugs. I figured $20-$40 for wheel locks is cheaper than paying my deductible and being stranded out of state waiting on rims+tires to come in.

The Wife's 18 RLX hybrid with aftermarket rims security lugs and extra wheel locks:
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I usually go aftermarket rims on my vehicles.
That's another factor - I have plain old factory wheels (which I like) on mine so a thief may be more attracted to the more noticeable aftermarket wheels like yours than the vanilla ones like I have. Another tactic is to try to park in an area that has more expensive vehicles than the one you have in hopes the thief will go after the MB or the BMW's fancy wheels (or entire car) rather than yours.

By now my 2014 MDX is 9 years old so hopefully the thieves will go after something newer and fancier.
 

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That's another factor - I have plain old factory wheels (which I like) on mine so a thief may be more attracted to the more noticeable aftermarket wheels like yours than the vanilla ones like I have. Another tactic is to try to park in an area that has more expensive vehicles than the one you have in hopes the thief will go after the MB or the BMW's fancy wheels (or entire car) rather than yours.

By now my 2014 MDX is 9 years old so hopefully the thieves will go after something newer and fancier.
The strange thing about going aftermarket rims is they can be cheaper than OEM. I ended up selling my used original rims for my MDX hybrid for almost the same price I purchased my brand new Berlina 20"X8" gloss black rims. The OEM 19" rims on my 11 MDX Adv are still in the +/- $450 range each compared to my RonJon legacy Type II at $415 brand new. I ended up selling 2 of my 11 MDX OEM rims to other members. I can see a thief stealing 1-2 OEM rims off an Acura because they are still so expensive.
 
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