1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Factory Spare Tire Lock vs Cable Lock

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by Mav44, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. Mav44

    Mav44 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2011
    Member:
    #66369
    Messages:
    50
    Gender:
    Male
    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. Mav44

    Mav44 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2011
    Member:
    #66369
    Messages:
    50
    Gender:
    Male
    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. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Member:
    #27905
    Messages:
    35,268
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Christian
    Yorba Linda, CA
    Vehicle:
    10 MGM TRD OR 4wd Auto DCSB
    Banks Monster Exhaust, Pop n Lock tailgate lock, Hook-Ups tie down brackets, USA Spec Ipod adaptor, WO seat covers, color matched grill with Grillcraft insert, Tuffy locking bed box
    The problem with chaining it is getting the spare down when you need it. I will probably buy the lock kit from Toyota for my truck.
     
  4. OffroadToy

    OffroadToy The dog did it...I swear!

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2009
    Member:
    #22680
    Messages:
    5,058
    Gender:
    Male
    High Desert... land of junipers, sage brush, and l
    Vehicle:
    07 TRD OFFROAD 4x4 VSC/TRAC/DAC/HAC
    snugtop supersport canopy, black westin bullbar/tube steps, piaa offroad lights, weathertech floor mats, oem bed mat, trd seat covers, avs inchannel vent visors, 2" suspension lift, front diff drop, rear differential breather extension, oil filter drain hose, a/c drain hose extention & reroute, front window tint, cat theft protection plate, tailgate clamp mod, xpel headlight/foglight protecters, oem block heater, bfg 265/75R/16 a/t k/o's, cabin air rodent protection screen, rcbs illuminated 4X4 switch mod
    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.
     
  5. Scubasteve4533

    Scubasteve4533 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2011
    Member:
    #51142
    Messages:
    82
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    Ohio
    Vehicle:
    11 TRD OR
    5100 @ 1.75, tsb rear springs with 5100. anytime fogs, rear diff breather, 50 cal ammo boxes on bed rails
  6. Mav44

    Mav44 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2011
    Member:
    #66369
    Messages:
    50
    Gender:
    Male
    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.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  7. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Member:
    #27905
    Messages:
    35,268
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Christian
    Yorba Linda, CA
    Vehicle:
    10 MGM TRD OR 4wd Auto DCSB
    Banks Monster Exhaust, Pop n Lock tailgate lock, Hook-Ups tie down brackets, USA Spec Ipod adaptor, WO seat covers, color matched grill with Grillcraft insert, Tuffy locking bed box
    Weird. Mine doesn't have a chain.
     
  8. OffroadToy

    OffroadToy The dog did it...I swear!

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2009
    Member:
    #22680
    Messages:
    5,058
    Gender:
    Male
    High Desert... land of junipers, sage brush, and l
    Vehicle:
    07 TRD OFFROAD 4x4 VSC/TRAC/DAC/HAC
    snugtop supersport canopy, black westin bullbar/tube steps, piaa offroad lights, weathertech floor mats, oem bed mat, trd seat covers, avs inchannel vent visors, 2" suspension lift, front diff drop, rear differential breather extension, oil filter drain hose, a/c drain hose extention & reroute, front window tint, cat theft protection plate, tailgate clamp mod, xpel headlight/foglight protecters, oem block heater, bfg 265/75R/16 a/t k/o's, cabin air rodent protection screen, rcbs illuminated 4X4 switch mod
    Is that chain somehow used to lower the spare and what's it attached to up above?
     
  9. Mav44

    Mav44 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2011
    Member:
    #66369
    Messages:
    50
    Gender:
    Male
    I don't think so, there is still the place in the bumper to stick in the crank to lower the tire.
     
  10. OffroadToy

    OffroadToy The dog did it...I swear!

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2009
    Member:
    #22680
    Messages:
    5,058
    Gender:
    Male
    High Desert... land of junipers, sage brush, and l
    Vehicle:
    07 TRD OFFROAD 4x4 VSC/TRAC/DAC/HAC
    snugtop supersport canopy, black westin bullbar/tube steps, piaa offroad lights, weathertech floor mats, oem bed mat, trd seat covers, avs inchannel vent visors, 2" suspension lift, front diff drop, rear differential breather extension, oil filter drain hose, a/c drain hose extention & reroute, front window tint, cat theft protection plate, tailgate clamp mod, xpel headlight/foglight protecters, oem block heater, bfg 265/75R/16 a/t k/o's, cabin air rodent protection screen, rcbs illuminated 4X4 switch mod
    Maybe your dealership had a problem with spare tire theft and had the chain installed?
     
  11. Mav44

    Mav44 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2011
    Member:
    #66369
    Messages:
    50
    Gender:
    Male
    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.
     
  12. tmt301

    tmt301 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2011
    Member:
    #66865
    Messages:
    2
    Gender:
    Male
    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.
     
  13. Mav44

    Mav44 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2011
    Member:
    #66369
    Messages:
    50
    Gender:
    Male
    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!!!
     
  14. OffroadToy

    OffroadToy The dog did it...I swear!

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2009
    Member:
    #22680
    Messages:
    5,058
    Gender:
    Male
    High Desert... land of junipers, sage brush, and l
    Vehicle:
    07 TRD OFFROAD 4x4 VSC/TRAC/DAC/HAC
    snugtop supersport canopy, black westin bullbar/tube steps, piaa offroad lights, weathertech floor mats, oem bed mat, trd seat covers, avs inchannel vent visors, 2" suspension lift, front diff drop, rear differential breather extension, oil filter drain hose, a/c drain hose extention & reroute, front window tint, cat theft protection plate, tailgate clamp mod, xpel headlight/foglight protecters, oem block heater, bfg 265/75R/16 a/t k/o's, cabin air rodent protection screen, rcbs illuminated 4X4 switch mod
    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.
     
  15. Mav44

    Mav44 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2011
    Member:
    #66369
    Messages:
    50
    Gender:
    Male
    Yes, Southern California for me. Tacoma is number 4 on the stolen list.
     
  16. munkeeboi

    munkeeboi Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2011
    Member:
    #58990
    Messages:
    269
    Gender:
    Male
    Burbank
    Vehicle:
    12 TRD Sport Stormtrooper
    N-Fab step rails, Morimoto D2S mini retrofit, 5000k HID and 3000k HID fogs, BHLM, Blacked out emblems, 5100's all around, Eibach coils (set at .85 for 2.5" lift), 1/4" space on driver side, 1.5" Wheeler AAL w/ TSB, Konig Countersteer X 17x8, General Grabber AT2 265/70/17, Roof Rack, EGR in channel rain guards, Bakflip G2, Grillcraft Mesh Grill
    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
     
  17. OffroadToy

    OffroadToy The dog did it...I swear!

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2009
    Member:
    #22680
    Messages:
    5,058
    Gender:
    Male
    High Desert... land of junipers, sage brush, and l
    Vehicle:
    07 TRD OFFROAD 4x4 VSC/TRAC/DAC/HAC
    snugtop supersport canopy, black westin bullbar/tube steps, piaa offroad lights, weathertech floor mats, oem bed mat, trd seat covers, avs inchannel vent visors, 2" suspension lift, front diff drop, rear differential breather extension, oil filter drain hose, a/c drain hose extention & reroute, front window tint, cat theft protection plate, tailgate clamp mod, xpel headlight/foglight protecters, oem block heater, bfg 265/75R/16 a/t k/o's, cabin air rodent protection screen, rcbs illuminated 4X4 switch mod
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/6391-stolen-spare.html
     
  18. woojoo83

    woojoo83 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2011
    Member:
    #66919
    Messages:
    81
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    John
    San Diego
    Vehicle:
    '12 MGM DCSB 4WD TRD Sport
    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.
     
  19. tacomathom

    tacomathom Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2010
    Member:
    #38040
    Messages:
    868
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tom
    It's not new, it's not Mexico
    Vehicle:
    2010 4 X 2 Regular Cab
    Chrome exhaust tip
    A cable & lock would be real fun on a rainy night.
     
  20. MountainEarth

    MountainEarth Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2010
    Member:
    #30519
    Messages:
    2,495
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Bryan
    CO
    Vehicle:
    2010 TRD OR Access
    Leer 100XR Shell, BedRug mat - comfy sleeping, GT Covers microfiber seat covers, BFG All Terrains 265/70r16, Dashmat, Antennax 13" shorty antenna, Weathertech liners, Ultra Gauge, Avid Light Bar, PIAA 520 ATPs, one old dog
    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.
     
To Top