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We are here to help you with your wheel lock related questions. Click the chat button below to get in contact with us. You can also send an email to info@rimgard.com. Please have a look at our frequently asked questions below, we may already have your question there, answered! 

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Mounting

How do I mount Rimgard?

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Remove the hub cap. Place Rimgard over the bolts of the wheel and into the rim’s hub. Fasten by screwing clockwise with the mounting tool that came with the package. Use the allen key to fasten. Hand force is enough, no tools should be used. Insert the locking cylinder, and turn the key 90°, anti-clockwise. Put the center cap back onto the Rimgard. Never use a nut runner when mounting! Watch our mounting video here.

What about road salt, dirt and corrosion?

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Rimgard is tested and certified by TÜV Austria and RISE to check for this. Furthermore, we ourselves have tested and driven more than 1 000 000 kilometers with the locks  mounted, without complications. If need be, one can spray compressed air through the lock to clean it, as the hole goes the whole way through. 

Can I drive with Rimgard mounted? Do I have to lock Rimgard every time I park my car?

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Yes, Rimgard is to be mounted and locked into place, after which the car is to be used as normal.

You only have to lock your Rimgards once, when you mount, and then you unlock them whenever you want to remove the wheels from your car.

How long does it take for me to mount Rimgard on my car?

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It takes about 30-60 seconds per wheel.

Can I put the Rimgards on myself?

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Yes, your Rimgard comes with the tools needed in order for you to mount the Rimgard onto your car. It is simple. Another option is to turn to a certified retailer for help. You can watch how to mount your Rimgards here.

Is the performance of the car affected by Rimgard?

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The wheel locks have a marginal impact on the weight of the car, and there are therefore no noticeable performance changes.

Compatibility

Does Rimgard fit my car?

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At the Rimgard shop, you can check what car brands and models for which we currently produce Rimgard. First, choose your car brand, and then you'll find details about model compatibility in the product descriptions. We are constantly expanding our range of products, so if you can’t find your particular model or brand, please let us know by expressing your interest here. We will do what we can to find a solution for your particular brand/model. Our long-term goal is to be able to help protect all wheels from theft.

I can't find a version of Rimgard that fits my car, what do I do?

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We are constantly working to expand our range of wheel locks. If we don’t have a version for your particular car yet, please let us know by filling in this form stating what car make and model you have, what year it was made, and whether or not you are using original rims.

What cars will you be protecting next?

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We are constantly working on widening our range of compatible cars. Ford F150, Honda, Tesla, Porsche Macan, and GMC Silverado are some of the prioritised brands and models.

What about aftermarket wheels?

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There are numerous types of aftermarket wheels out there, which is why we have focused on making sure that our locks fit original (OEM) wheels primarily. Some aftermarket rims may be compatible with current versions of our Rimgard locks, but the locks are designed with OEM wheels in mind. Your best bet is if your original center caps are compatible with your rims. Our long-term goal is to be able to protect aftermarket rims, too, but at the moment we usually cannot guarantee a fit.

Safety

Is the safety of the car affected?

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Rimgard prevents the bolts on the wheel from being tampered with, or falling off, and thereby improves the safety of the car.

Is the lock safe?

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Yes. The lock from Assa Abloy is the safest of its kind and is both drill- and pick-secured.

Is Rimgard tested and certified by third parties?

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Yes, Rimgard is certified by RISE (Research Institute of Sweden) and TÜV Austria. It is also tested by Assa Testing Laboratory, and performance tested by Thatcham Research. 

Do you provide a warranty?

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Yes, Rimgard comes with a 3-year warranty, with conditions similar to the Swedish consumer law. You need to be able to show us your receipt. Read more about that here.

About wheel theft

Is wheel theft common?

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Yes, as it is becoming harder and harder to steal entire cars due to improvements in security systems, thieves are targeting car parts to a greater extent. The locking bolts haven't improved significantly since their introduction to the market in the 60s. Thieves, on the other hand, have become more skilled. That's why locking bolts are no longer a match for them. Hence why Rimgard was invented. Read more about wheel theft here.

How are wheel thefts executed?

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The course of action varies depending on the thief, but one common method of quickly stealing wheels is to use a socket that you smash onto the bolts, and thereby you're able to get them off in no-time. Many auto-stores even sell these tools. There are also master keys for pretty much any locking bolt within a few months of a new version being released. By now, thieves are almost as quick as a pit crew within motorsport, first loosening the bolts and then grabbing all four wheels quickly. Have a look at an example here. You can also try searching for "remove locking bolt without key" on Google or YouTube to find a plethora of ways to do it.

What car brands are subjected to wheel theft?

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Pretty much all of the brands become prey to this crime, but to varying extents and for different reasons. Naturally, more expensive cars tend to be more prone to getting parts stolen. But the attractiveness of certain makes and models also varies by country and popularity, that is, how easy it is to resell the parts. Other wheels get stolen because the person who steals them wants/needs them themselves. In these cases, a few or all wheels may get stolen. Another motive for wheel theft is the value of the raw material. In the US, for example, two of the most common car models victim to wheel theft are the Honda Civic and the Honda Accord. The reason is that they're the most commonly sold cars in the country, and the market for spare parts is thereby huge. In short, if the wheel isn’t locked, it may very well get stolen. Get peace of mind, mount Rimgard on your car.

My wheels aren't worth much, why would anyone want to steal them?

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If organized gangs aren’t interested in stealing your wheels, it may be as simple as a private person wanting new wheels, and perhaps yours are just what they need. It is also worth to consider that the cost of having your wheels stolen often goes far beyond the mere cost of getting new wheels.

Isn't it enough to have lockable wheel bolts on my car?

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No. Locking bolts have existed in different versions since the 1960s, but they haven’t made any significant improvements since then. They could provide a certain protection against the lazy thief. But they are often not even able to be certified, as master keys used to remove the bolts are available to thieves within a few months of a new version of a locking bolt is launched. Otherwise, removal by brute force slows down the thieves with a few seconds. Take the UK as an example: all of their alloy wheels need locking bolts, by law, and an approximate 69,000 thefts still take place there, every year. You could also try searching for “wheel locks” on YouTube for further insight into why lockable wheel bolts are not effective any longer

What costs other than that for replacement wheels normally arise from a wheel theft?

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A lot of the time, if the car ends up on its “belly” due to a wheel theft, the whole undercarriage is damaged. That is to say: side skirts, spoilers, exhaust systems, brake discs, wheel suspension, paint, cover plate etc. If this should occur, the time it will take for you to be able to use your car again will be even longer, not to mention the costs. The sky is the limit here…

Add to that the costs of towing, deductibles, and the non-monetary annoyances like waiting times and emotional impact. A common phenomenon is also that thieves steal the wheels, wait for you to purchase brand new ones, and then come back and steal those, too.

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