No locks. They make it hard to balance the wheels properly. They tend to
break on the side of the road, in the rain, even assuming you can find
the key in the dark. No one steals Miata wheels anymore--they're too
Lanny Chambers, St. Louis, USA
the alignment page:
I made the mistake of adding locked lugs to my Dodge Caravan years ago.
This was after first making the mistake of ordering the thing with fancy
wire wheel covers. After they were stolen for the second time, I added the
locks. Within a week someone had seriously "keyed" my van, no doubt because
they couldn't get the wheel covers.
Not always. The only vehicle I can think of offhand that puts the nuts on
the outside of the wheel covers is the last-generation Chevrolet Cavalier,
but I know there are others. I can't imagine who'd want to steal Cavalier
hub caps, but that's how they worked.
My dad has a Hyundai Elantra ('02 or '03) with lug-fastened wheel covers. I
had never seen that done before. Have heard of shops trying to remove the
fake "lugs" on wheel covers w/ a air wrench tho.. ripping the hub cap to
Spend your money on adding a rider to your insurance policy for the
wheels. Wheel locks generally don't work - you loosen three of the lugs
and it doesn't take much to use the leverage of the wheel to snap the
remaining stud. You will also find that, on a sensitive care like the
Miata, the difference in the mass of the locking lug to the others can
create an balancing problem. And there is the possibility of not having
the key or having the tire shop forget to return it and by time you
discover this 5K miles later for the first rotation, they have long
since thrown it away. Other than the 15" BBS wheels from the 95M, there
isn't a lot of demand for Miata wheels (just look on ebay for what stock
wheels sell for - hardly worth the effort of the thief).
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