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#1 StudioTwo

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Posted 25 October 2023 - 05:54 PM

Hi all,

 

I bought a steering wheel T-bar lock from Halfords today (this one - https://www.halfords...ock-227894.html)

 

.....as a deterrent as much as a security device! I noticed on the packaging that it says the lock can leave imprints and marks on the steering wheel from use.

 

I have a Studio 2 with original steering wheel and don't particularly want to replace it because a wheel lock has 'bruised' it! Has anyone else had any issues with this or am I being too finicky? Any better suggestions or recommendations on other locks/devices are also welcome!

 

Thanks  :proud:



#2 hankins

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Posted 25 October 2023 - 06:29 PM

I have had issues in the past with wheel locks like that leaving bruises on the steering wheel. IMHO The full disk style wheel locks are better as they don’t leave marks / bruises on the wheel and can’t be used to assist in snapping the factor steering lock.

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Posted 25 October 2023 - 09:55 PM

Thanks, I'll look into those disk style ones. If anybody has any glowing recommendations for one, pls let me know! :)



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Posted 25 October 2023 - 10:28 PM

Auto-Express - Best steering wheel locks 2021/2022 Tests:-

https://www.autoexpr...-locks-20212022


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Posted 26 October 2023 - 05:25 AM

A better deterent is a flashing led on the dash somewhere. And you can buy "security system fitted" stickers.

Edited by Steam, 26 October 2023 - 05:26 AM.


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Posted 27 October 2023 - 12:22 PM

use disclocks on both minis don't mark steering wheel at all or you can get cheaper version from halfords about half the cost and similar, both far better than t-bar style. store them in rear cbby next to back seat when driving



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Posted 27 October 2023 - 06:27 PM

I fitted quick release steering wheel to my minis so unless they lift the car or bring thier own wheel the car is staying where I leave it !

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Posted 27 October 2023 - 11:14 PM

Thanks for the thoughts all! Going to begin with a full disc lock and go from there.

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Posted 28 October 2023 - 12:59 AM

I fitted quick release steering wheel to my minis so unless they lift the car or bring thier own wheel the car is staying where I leave it !

Allan


Or vice grips/ mole grips/ shifter etc.

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Posted 29 October 2023 - 04:31 PM

I fitted quick release steering wheel to my minis so unless they lift the car or bring thier own wheel the car is staying where I leave it !

Allan


Or vice grips/ mole grips/ shifter etc.

Have ever tried steering a mini with mole grips ?or Is that a voice of past experience

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Posted 30 October 2023 - 02:15 AM

If you google "steering car wirh spanner" there are loads of videos to make you shudder.
I have done it when moving cars around, repositioning in and out of shed, but not at any speed. But I would assume a theif would not hesitate.

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Posted 30 October 2023 - 12:57 PM

used spanner on two top nuts when restoring 30 to keep limited edition burgundy wheel clean, didn't have any other. note only round garage though



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Posted 30 October 2023 - 01:12 PM

Diskloks on both mine.  I have suffered minor marking, but this was remedied buy buying the steering wheel cover disklok sell.  Personally wouldn't use anything less, as unfortunately the lock saved one of my daily cars from going a few years back, even though they had the keys.



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Posted 30 October 2023 - 02:05 PM

Thanks! I have bought the wheel cover too so good to know it is effective.



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Posted 05 November 2023 - 12:51 AM

If you google "steering car wirh spanner" there are loads of videos to make you shudder.
I have done it when moving cars around, repositioning in and out of shed, but not at any speed. But I would assume a theif would not hesitate.


Wow watching them videos was scary ! The worst part was they thought it was hilarious driving on a public road with a spanner for steering .

Allan




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