Grip-Tech, the company which manufactures and distributes the Auto-Grip range of mechanical anti-theft solutions for motor vehicles, has perfected a new spare wheel lock for the Volkswagen Caddy, Transporter, and Caravelle/Kombi range of vehicles.
The lock system, like other Auto-Grip spare wheel locks (including the spare wheel lock for Amarok) is made from hardened, tempered steel and features a locking bolt with a multi-pin stainless steel key, which is almost pick-proof. The device bolts the spare wheel carrier to the chassis of the vehicle, making it almost impossible to remove without the correct adapter key, which has over 1 000 possible combinations. The bolt itself is made from Grade 8.8 steel.
Says Manuel Reis, owner of Grip-Tech: “The theft of underslung spare wheels is still being seen as an easy source of income for some, with a ready market for stolen tyres. What makes the theft of a spare even worse is the fact that the loss is usually only discovered in an emergency, compounding the problem. The only thing worse that being forced to stop because of a puncture is stopping and discovering that the spare is missing too.”
The new addition to the Auto-Grip range (internally coded GT1020-VWLBX) fits all Caddy vans and Caddy Maxi passenger vehicles from 2003 onwards. The same device is also suitable for the front wheel drive version of the Volkswagen Transporter T5 (introduced to SA in 2009) and current-generation T6, on sale here in various guises since 2015. It is a model of simplicity and a single lock fits all these vehicles, irrespective of tyre size and wheel style.
The Auto-Grip spare wheel lock costs R351 can be ordered direct from Auto-Grip’s website: www.auto-grip.co.za, or from Volkswagen dealerships and VESA-approved fitment centres.