Wheel Security

Wheel Lock Nuts/Bolts

Auto-Grip® Wheel Locks provide total security solutions for Cars, Trucks, Trailers and Spare Wheels. They are designed and manufactured to withstand African conditions and the only wheel locks to provide total wheel protection for cars and commercial vehicles.

Grip-Tech is approved supplier of wheel lock kits to Ford Motor Company (Motocraft), Nissan, Hyundai, and several OEM distributors. Auto-Grip® Wheel Locks are  approved by VESA (Vehicle Security Association of South Africa), and endorsed by insurance companies.

Our wheel locks have received extensive press coverage in reputable publications such as Engineering News, Fleetwatch, and received several Endorsements

Common Features

  • Slim-Line Design – The Auto-Grip® design fits all wheel rims, including stylish rims with narrow lug holes.
  • Multi-Hex Key -The lock keys are specially designed with multi-hex heads to ensure they fit the vehicle’s wheel spanner. No other tools are required.
  • High Security – Grooved internal profiles resist the use of general tools and sockets. 
  • High Quality – High-grade steel locks, triple Nickel-Chrome plated for long lasting corrosion resistance.

Please read our Wheel Lock Fitting Instructions

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Spare Wheel Locks

We have a range of vehicle-specific Spare Wheel Lock (SWL) kits for all light commercial vehicles, as well as trailers and caravans. The range is part of our unique Auto-Grip® Wheel Security system for cars, trucks and trailers with steel or aluminium wheels.

The Auto-Grip® spare wheel lock system uses locknuts (instead of weak lock cylinders) to secure the spare wheel to vehicle-specific bolt-on mounting kits.

With no moving parts, it bolts directly onto the wheel so it will never damage the rim, and will never jam, even if buried in mud.

The locks withstand off-road conditions and are approved by VESA and major motor manufacturers.

Grip-Tech is a approved supplier of spare wheel locks to Ford (Motocraft), Nissan, Hyundai, Isuzu, Mitsubishi and several OEM distributors. 

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Auto-Grip® Combo SWL Kits – Total Wheel Security

These popular combo “full-house” kits include 4 additional wheel locks for the road wheels, providing total wheel security. These are available for steel or alloy road rims.

All kits include detailed fitting instructions and are very easily installed in minutes.

Advantages of Auto-Grip® Spare wheel locks vs Conventional locks

The spare wheel on light commercial utility vehicles and SUVs is mounted on the tailgate or underneath the chassis at the rear wheels.

Conventional spare wheel locks hang just below the spare wheel on a shaft that fits loosely through a wheel lug hole onto the chassis where it is subjected to moisture, dirt and gravel impacts.

  • This exposure causes conventional key operated (lock cylinder) spare wheel locks to jam, rust and get damaged.
  • Thieves easily attack the exposed shaft and snap off the hanging lock body.
  • The shaft also damages the wheel lug hole through long term vibration.

With no moving parts, Auto-Grip® Spare wheel locks bolt directly onto the wheel so cannot be snapped off, will never jam even if buried in mud, and will never damage the rim.

Auto-Grip® Wheel Lock Fitting Instructions

NOTE: Vehicle and Wheel manufacturers may make changes at any time. Check that you have the correct type of wheel lock by comparing thread type, seating, and thread length to the original nut or bolt.

  1. Record the lock code found on the head of the lock key and keep in a safe place, preferably the vehicle’s cubby drawer. You will need this code to get a replacement key.
  2. Remove a single nut or lug from the wheel on which the lock is to be installed and inspect the thread or wheel stud. Be sure stud is tight and all threads are undamaged. Replace with new stud if necessary.
  3. Thread the new chrome lock onto the wheel stud by hand. The lock should screw in easily or the thread is incorrect
  4. Using the vehicle’s wheel wrench (or a torque wrench), and the lock key, tighten the lock to vehicle or wheel manufacturer torque specifications.
  5. Check that the wheel is secure fully seated against the wheel. Ensure that the lock has the correct thread engagement. The minimum engagement is equal to the thread diameter; i.e. 12mm lock requires 12mm of thread engagement.

Do not use an pneumatic impact wrench. It will damage the high quality chrome finish on these locks.

  1. Repeat steps 1 through 5 for each wheel on the vehicle.
  2. Store the lock key in the vehicle storage compartment.
  3. Attach the spare lock key (if supplied) to your vehicle’s spare keys and store at home/office.
  4. Retighten all locks to proper torque specification after the first 40km of driving.