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Best anti-theft method for offroad lights

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by pLon, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. Dec 2, 2011 at 10:55 AM
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    I was wondering what mods can be done to protect your $300+ each HID lights on your truck? I've seen some anti-theft nuts but those aren't that hard to cut and take the lights off in my opinion, some other people just put a small weld on the nut after the light is in place but this is a permanent mod and you can't remove them anymore right? :confused:
     
  2. Dec 2, 2011 at 10:59 AM
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    If you don't want to weld, thread locker will work. If someone really wants them, they can just cut the bolt off and it's theirs. Even if you weld the nut, with a small cheater bar, you could easily snap the whole bolt right off. You can slow people down, but there's nothing you can do to 100% prevent theft.
     
  3. Dec 2, 2011 at 11:14 AM
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    I live in Tijuana, the truck sleeps inside of my garage so there's no worries at night it's very secured, but any parking is a theft possibility, then the best option would be to take the lights on and off depending if I need them to offroad or if I'm just going for groceries to the market right?, by the way the lights are 3 HID Soltek La Paz and 2 Rigid Industries Dually so I'll hate to loose those since I worked very hard to get them
     
  4. Dec 2, 2011 at 11:25 AM
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  5. Dec 2, 2011 at 11:29 AM
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    hahaha hope that was possible :p
     
  6. Dec 2, 2011 at 11:31 AM
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    This site has some cool stuff, thanks for the link :D

     
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  9. Dec 2, 2011 at 3:03 PM
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    Tnx Alan and Texio,
    Texio the thing is that I'm having a front bumper being built something as Special_K's used to had (KR fab) so I'm installing all my lights there, but thanks for the idea :)
    I just had another idea, since the Baja Designs have 3 mounting screws, the base for each light will have a hole in the center and at both sides a half moon to be able to rotate side-to-side the light (up and down is adjusted with the screw on top of the lights), and all 3 mounting screws with a nut soldered as a limiter and another nut in the middle to keep it tight or loosen it to rotate the light (this middle nut with tread lock or the security nuts that have plastic inside so they don't twist easily), I don't know if you can imagine what's on my mind lol
     
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    red thread locker if they get through a good dose of that there either getting my glock or my lights could go either way.
     
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    I would second the thread locker idea. Perhaps in addition to security type nuts. And then get an alarm with two way remote and microwave sensors that will trigger the alarm if someone stands next to the truck for too long. They don't actually have to touch it.

    A family member has this type of alarm on his fully restored Bronco. Go stand within three feet of the Bronco and the alarm chirps and activates a single green light on the pager/remote. If you continue to stand there, it chirps again and activates a second light on the pager. The pager also beeps this time. Further loitering will go to full alarm, red light and beeping on the pager. It is the only sure fire way to get him out of bed on a Saturday morning.
     
  12. Dec 3, 2011 at 8:13 AM
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    lol when installing my arb i went off with the grade 8 bolts and red thread locker lolz

    no ones taking that either at least not with out a blow torch :)
     
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    Yes definitely I'll be using grade 8 bolts, because no mater what security locks you use if the bolt can be sawed easily, then my idea is to weld a nut at the bottom giving enough room to adjust headlights horizontally and another nut to tighten the lights in place with red thread lock, thank you all for your ideas I'll speak with the guy that will custom fab the bumper :D
     
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    Stake the threads with a chisel, red threadlocker, or weld. Still won't stop a determined theif. The best you can do is slow them down.
     
  15. Dec 3, 2011 at 1:21 PM
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    Yes you can only slow them down, good thing I have a 2-way Viper alarm, so I will be advised when it gets triggered, this way they only have about 5min tops until I get there :)

     
  16. Dec 13, 2011 at 10:26 PM
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  17. Dec 14, 2011 at 1:12 PM
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    I think I will have the light bar fabricated plug and play, to put it away when I'm not off-roading, also I wanted to ask what are the California laws for off road lights, you have to have them covered (even if the covers are clear)? Unplugged?


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    In CA, you can only have 4 uncovered lights. So if you got 2 headlights, and 2 fog lights, everything else needs to be covered. Doesn't have to be unplugged
     
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    I was asking this because a friend of mine told me that once, he was pulled over on the freeway and the highway patrol checked if he had unplugged his off-road lights, thanks for the clarification :)


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  20. Dec 14, 2011 at 3:34 PM
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    My Piaa lights mount with nuts that are pretty accessable. What I ended up doing was covering them useing hose clamps...2 on top of each other (total of 4.)They're situated in a way that it's hard to get a socket/screwdriver on them. Most theifs wouldn't bother after seeing the time it would take.
     
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