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Factory Spare Tire Lock vs Cable Lock

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Mav44, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. Nov 11, 2011 at 11:24 AM
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    Mav44

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    I am new to this and trying to lock everthing down before I do anything else. What is the best way to protect the spare tire, should I pick up the facory lock like this one , or should I get some type of heavy cable and lock?
     
  2. Nov 11, 2011 at 1:48 PM
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    I just went up under the truck and noticed I have a chain from the factory hanging down through the center of the spare. Can I just padlock this to one of the holes in the rim of the spare and be protected?
     
  3. Nov 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM
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    I guess that would work. I've never heard of a chain from the factory before...what year is your truck?
    What I did it swedge a loop on both ends of a heavy cable. I ran it up through the frame and around the tire, then padlocked. Spray some WD40 in the key hole and cover it with duct tape.
     
  4. Nov 11, 2011 at 2:07 PM
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  5. Nov 11, 2011 at 2:20 PM
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    It is a one week old 2012 that I have found out about all the security flaws the Tacoma has and I am working to fix. See pics of stock factory chain below.

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  6. Nov 11, 2011 at 2:28 PM
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    Is that chain somehow used to lower the spare and what's it attached to up above?
     
  7. Nov 11, 2011 at 2:51 PM
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    I don't think so, there is still the place in the bumper to stick in the crank to lower the tire.
     
  8. Nov 11, 2011 at 2:59 PM
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    Maybe your dealership had a problem with spare tire theft and had the chain installed?
     
  9. Nov 11, 2011 at 3:12 PM
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    I guess I should see what this chain is tied to above the tire. If nothing else I will stick a big old master-lock on it to spook off the grab and run guys.
     
  10. Nov 11, 2011 at 3:22 PM
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    I just got my 2012 a 3 days ago. I have that chain hanging too. I haven't had the time to mess around with the truck yet. I asked around including mechanics from different places they say that is normal. So I didn't bother with it yet, but I sure have to figure out how to lower that spare tire for safety reason.
     
  11. Nov 11, 2011 at 3:28 PM
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    Hi tmt301, make sure you do the tailgate mod. It should be listed at the top of this page under mods & tutorials. I could not beleive I could walk up and pop my talgate off in under 5 seconds. Toyota needs to fix this!!!
     
  12. Nov 11, 2011 at 4:14 PM
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    Do you guys with the chains live in California by any chance? I just talked to my dealer and they say it's a regional thing either Toyota or the dealers are doing in area's of the country with high theft problems.
     
  13. Nov 11, 2011 at 4:27 PM
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    Yes, Southern California for me. Tacoma is number 4 on the stolen list.
     
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    I believe that chain is what holds up the spare tire carrier when lowered. My 1990 4 runner had a similar chain. it is not there for security. i would believe putting a padlock on it would help, but I am pretty naive to spare tire theft and would like to hear more suggestions
     
  15. Nov 11, 2011 at 4:58 PM
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    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/6391-stolen-spare.html
     
  16. Nov 13, 2011 at 4:40 PM
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    Mav44, have you determined what the chain's purpose is? admittedly, i have not sought to figure it out myself, but i have had my truck for less than 48hrs. i, too and a socal resident and i too have that same chain dangling like a dingleberry under there.
     
  17. Nov 13, 2011 at 6:27 PM
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    A cable & lock would be real fun on a rainy night.
     
  18. Nov 13, 2011 at 11:26 PM
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    I just bought a $5 combination cable lock from Wally World, threaded it through the tire and around the frame. My experience ... you just gotta do a little more than the next guy and you'll be fine.
     
  19. Nov 13, 2011 at 11:28 PM
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    i have that the spare lock, and i put a cable around it with a weatherproof lock on the cable.
     
  20. Nov 14, 2011 at 1:39 AM
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    My 1992 has exactly that same chain arraignment. Just had it down last night to work on a seized parking brake cable.

    It might be possible to put a padlock on it but the links aren't that big and I imagine a good bolt cutter might make short work of the lock or chain.

    BTW, be sure to lower your spare at least several times a year (I do it in the fall and again in spring, good time to check tire pressure) and spray lube the mechanism. Even with that, mine seized up after about 15 years of salt exposure and the entire mechanism had to be cut out and a new one welded in by the dealer.
     
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