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      05-29-2013, 10:42 AM   #67
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^ Wait, so they took wheels off THREE cars??! They must've been ninjas.
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      05-29-2013, 10:46 AM   #68
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On the plus side - my car still looks sexy as tits even with her shoes and socks off lol.
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      05-29-2013, 10:49 AM   #69
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You guys realize that wheel locks are easily defeated just by hammering a socket one size smaller on to them right?

I once lost my key and that's all I had to do.
+1 - Wheel locks are nothing but a waste of time IMO. They only thing they do is introduce the opportunity to create a hassle for the owner (lose the "key" and can't figure out how to remove the wheel). Thieves can easily work around them.
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+1 - Wheel locks are nothing but a waste of time IMO.
Exactly, they waste the thief's time, and seconds are all you want so you have time, at least in TX, to get your gun.

I also took a punch set and punched some identifying information on a very inconspicuous place on each of my wheels. Helps if they are stolen and someone tries to sell them.
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      05-29-2013, 11:19 AM   #71
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Ouch man, that fucking blows. This is why I never leave my car outside the garage anymore. This almost happened to me but the lug nuts were put on too tight and they ended up breaking my fender in the process. Only reason I knew they were trying to steal my wheels was because a car down the street was sitting on cinder blocks.
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      05-29-2013, 12:21 PM   #72
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Not to be a jerk but why would you park it outside if you have what appears to be a 2 car a garage?
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      05-29-2013, 12:26 PM   #73
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Hope insurance covers it...or even if they only cover brand new e9x wheels, you can flip those and make a few grand to put towards other wheels you know?
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      05-29-2013, 12:32 PM   #74
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Not to be a jerk but why would you park it outside if you have what appears to be a 2 car a garage?
Not to be a jerk, but actually reading the posts from the OP helps. He was at a family event and there was no space left. And I'll answer for him that for whatever reason forcing other family members into the driveway while he parked inside didnt appear to be a required option (maybe their cars are M5s )

OP... Great attitude towards it man... Sucks that this crap happens, esp on a nice holiday weekend, but you can't let it give you an ulcer. In the end it's just stuff.

Can't believe those guys did such a clean out on that subdivision... That's some "Gone in 60 Seconds" shit.
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I kick people out of there garages depending on where I go and what car they have, but of course acquiesce if they have better Sucks nonetheless.

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Not to be a jerk, but actually reading the posts from the OP helps. He was at a family event and there was no space left. And I'll answer for him that for whatever reason forcing other family members into the driveway while he parked inside didnt appear to be a required option (maybe their cars are M5s )

OP... Great attitude towards it man... Sucks that this crap happens, esp on a nice holiday weekend, but you can't let it give you an ulcer. In the end it's just stuff.

Can't believe those guys did such a clean out on that subdivision... That's some "Gone in 60 Seconds" shit.
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Woke up this morning and found this. Cops are no help - waiting for a response from the insurance company.

These guys are good alarm didn't go off dog didn't bark. Luckily they didn't try to do additional damages to the car. Let me know if anyone sees these hot the market they are iconz830z -can't imagine a ton of these floating around. Alright I doubt it would do any good -hopefully insurance will cover
I don't want to sound disrespectful, as I'm sure you love and know this car like the back of your hand, but there is a special trick with the locking/alarm mechanism that could possibly have allowed these thieves to take your wheels.

As I'm sure you know, your car has a motion alarm inside the car, as well as a tilt sensor. And this comes directly from my 3-series manual (mind you, my car doesn't ship with an alarm, but I have no doubt in my mind that all BMW alarms, and at least all e9x alarms, work like this):

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The tilt alarm sensor and interior motion sensor may be switched off at the same time. This prevents unintentional alarms, e.g. in the following situations:
  • In duplex garages
  • During transport on car-carrying trains, boats/ships or on a trailer
  • When animals are to remain in the vehicle
  • Switching off tilt alarm sensor and interior motion sensor

Press the button on the remote control again as soon as the vehicle is locked. The indicator lamp lights up briefly and then flashes continuously. The tilt alarm sensor and the interior motion sensor are switched off until the next time the vehicle is unlocked and subsequently locked again.
While of course I'm not blaming you for this theft, a simple habit (pushing the lock button twice to psychologically ensure that the vehicle has received the lock command) could have allowed for this vulnerability. So, if this is part of your locking routine, train yourself not to do that! If you don't usually do this/believe that you did it that night, then it was just some very skilled thieves.
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      05-29-2013, 02:06 PM   #78
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That sucks man! Another reason why I keep mine garaged, allways at home and if I'm traveling, I'll try my best to either valet it or park in a well lighted or public area. But if their out looking to rob you, not much one can do but try to keep them guessing. Bastards!


Interesting point from the manual. I had totaly forgot about that. I know I've pushed the lock button on the remote key several times to make sure I locked the car after I've locked it from the touch-sensor on the door handle. Damn, I've been unintentianally leaving my tilt-off! Ooops!
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      05-29-2013, 02:07 PM   #79
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Seeing as how I'm seeing other people in the area sitting on blocks - with the same blocks - and the f***ing lugs threaded back in on their cars as well as mine - im thinkin that is not the case. Also does not explain how they got past the wheel locks. Would be cool if they catch these guys tho I hate to see all these nice cars sitting on bricks.
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      05-29-2013, 06:51 PM   #80
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Couldnt agree more. Yea I can be pissed off but I'm really not - they left the car in pretty good shape and didn't try to vandalize it in any other way than taking my wheels and tires. I had the BMW OEM locks and the OEM alarm (with tilt sensors?) which were completely worthless here. These guys def. knew what they were doing. I received this picture this morning from a friend that lives in a neighborhood closeby. These guys have been busy.

On the plus side - my car still looks sexy as tits even with her shoes and socks off lol. - And This could be a blessing in disguise - I needed new tires on the rears and one of my TPMS sensors was out. If the insurance doesnt screw me I'm looking at a brand new set of wheels, tires and TPMS all around.
I pray a good bullet finds a home in these guys chest!
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      05-29-2013, 07:21 PM   #81
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My friend had the OEM wheels stolen off his E60 550i (the 19 inchers). He had BMW wheel locks. They are worthless against professional thieves. They will come and scope out your car and they have every wheel lock key. They will figure out which one you have and come back to steal the wheels.
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+1 - Wheel locks are nothing but a waste of time IMO. They only thing they do is introduce the opportunity to create a hassle for the owner (lose the "key" and can't figure out how to remove the wheel). Thieves can easily work around them.
This is true to some extent. Nothing will prevent theft if the thief is determined. But I think these statements apply more if using standard wheel locks.

I use RADs because they are rounded and keyed. This makes it very difficult to remove even if using a smaller socket they will just spin around not being able to grab the lug
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+1 - Wheel locks are nothing but a waste of time IMO. They only thing they do is introduce the opportunity to create a hassle for the owner (lose the "key" and can't figure out how to remove the wheel). Thieves can easily work around them.
Not all wheel locks are created equal. Rimlox carries a 100% replacement of tires and wheels if your wheels get jacked while your running their locks. They're pretty legit.
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      05-29-2013, 08:31 PM   #83
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I honestly did not now that! I didn't know a double press of the lock button disables the alarm. It's a bad habit of mine. I always thought the flashing red light meant the alarm is armed. Thanks for the info.

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I don't want to sound disrespectful, as I'm sure you love and know this car like the back of your hand, but there is a special trick with the locking/alarm mechanism that could possibly have allowed these thieves to take your wheels.

While of course I'm not blaming you for this theft, a simple habit (pushing the lock button twice to psychologically ensure that the vehicle has received the lock command) could have allowed for this vulnerability. So, if this is part of your locking routine, train yourself not to do that! If you don't usually do this/believe that you did it that night, then it was just some very skilled thieves.
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      05-29-2013, 08:39 PM   #84
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As others have noted, wheel locks are a waste of money.



These expensive RAD locks could be removed with a fine gauge pin socket and a blowtorch in thirty seconds.

Best security is good insurance.
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I honestly did not now that! I didn't know a double press of the lock button disables the alarm. It's a bad habit of mine. I always thought the flashing red light meant the alarm is armed. Thanks for the info.
Me too. All these years of owning Bmw's and I never realized I was actually disabling a part of the alarm
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Damn, I am so sorry for your car..it's crazy how people could just do that.
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^ Wait, so they took wheels off THREE cars??! They must've been ninjas.
They should apply for a job with a NASCAR racing team .
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      05-30-2013, 10:08 AM   #88
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The same thing happened to me 3 weeks ago
and the alarm didn't go off, it was left on bricks like yours
but the thieves in the UK are more caring it was not left
resting on the discs, it had BMW lock nuts which they took with them.

Anyway it now has two sets of locks RAD and schnitzer
plus a viper alarm, the guy who fitted it has a M3 E92 himself
he knows his stuff have a look on you tube
i know he is in the UK but it might help?

http://www.youtube.com/user/Securemycar

Buy the way my BMW insurance paid the bill which was
over 6000.00 for the wheels and tyres and all the bits and pieces.
Sorry to hear both to the OP and you. Just out of curiousity were they aftermarket rims on your car?
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