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Old 04-22-2013, 09:30 PM
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Damn that sucks. I'll keep looking as well. Hopefully someone finds it quick!

A coworker was giving me grief over installing my shifter lock every time I park a couple weeks ago. This horrible thread sums up why I do that. Dirt bags exist and unfortunately so many of us are driving around with $1,200 worth of tires, $1,000 worth of winch, just way too tempting for asshats.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:26 PM
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A coworker was giving me grief over installing my shifter lock every time I park a couple weeks ago.
Shifter lock? How does that work?
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:44 AM
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Shifter lock? How does that work?
Some I've seen are a heavy ring welded to the shifter with a padlock and chain that are just long to reach with the transmission in reverse.

For non-air bag cars one of coolest things are the Grant removable steering wheels. Dean clued me in years ago. This along with a couple of other things are probably enough for the majority of thefts. The truck could still be towed or dragged on a flat bed, but it's very difficult to smash and drive away with no wheel. The biggest worry I have with it is when you take off your nice Grant steering wheel you have to hide it so it doesn't get stolen...

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Old 04-23-2013, 06:56 AM
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To dave's point, many years ago when I had my first porsche, there was a theft ring that came to town. (denver has always been a target for porsche theft - always near the top in p-car's per capita)

my car was equipped with an immobilizer but that's why I wasn't worried. Their mo was to drive a shipping truck up to the parking garages or area and to use a flatbed to bring it out to the shipping truck.

Moral of the story, if they want it, they will take it. The truly sucky, evil ones are the crack/meth head tweakers or joy-riders who will ruin or destroy your stuff then give it back to you.

I parked it out in front of my house then occasionally, but when I did, I never locked it. To my point, glass was rare and expensive, and I would rather they took the whole thing rather than vandalize it to get something. It had a knob style blaupunkt (on purpose) with a theft plate behind the trim. So about 2am, the alarm goes off, (remember, it was unlocked) and I run down to see a twit run down the street and my quarter window was broken. did I mention that it was unlocked??? only thing in the car were a couple of cassettes on the passenger side floorboard that had slipped out of the case.

I hope it comes home unmolested Justin.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:20 AM
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I've tried to deter the opportunistic thief, but when someone wants it they'll take it. It's just sad. Thanks guys I've still got my fingers crossed. I will for a long time I'm sure.
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"Apollo"-1988, 1999 3.4L, Supercharged, 2.1" URD pulley, URD 7th injector, 2 1/2" Magnaflow exhaust, TO DO: lift, locker.

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Old 04-23-2013, 09:49 AM
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Shifter lock? How does that work?
It's a modified club. There are more eloquent designs for shifter locks, but I had a club that I wasn't using, so I modified the hook on the handle to pinch in a bit. I throw the truck in 5th, and the club pushes the shifter even tighten in that position, then wedges the handle under the dash and the extended end goes into the seat frame. A picture would explain that better, but it's particular to a 40. You CAN defeat the club, especially mine, but it is a visual deterrant and adds time....and that's all I want. It takes a few seconds to chamber the first round.

That sure won't stop a tow truck, but I figure it cuts out the dirtbag that just carries a screwdriver.

There are other things I do if I have to park in a sketchy area, but I won't list that here.
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:57 AM
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I have a spare 'Club' - now you've got me thinking. Thanks!
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:13 AM
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Default Ok, since you are thinking...

Here's what I was trying to explain.
Butt end of club can't be lifted out because it hits the dash.
Tail end of club is positioned around the seat frame.
Club loop is pinched, which requires the club to be raised before you can slip the shifter out.
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I really need to have some spare cash laying around in case you ever want to sell your truck Barry. I really want. Especially now that I see you have seat heaters
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I was thinking the same thing ... only about the cable lockers.
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