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These cars don't look right with smaller wheels, just spring for a used set on the parts for sale section and buy some of those McGuard lug nuts. In the end though, criminals are going to find a way to steal what they want, you can only slow them down a little...or catch them in the act and shoot them LOL
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If and when you turn in an insurance claim, and prior to reinstalling relacments, ensure that you (or a tech/mechanic) with a hoist, take a moment to carefully inspect the "shield" that is installed inside/behind the rotor for damge.
A friend had his 20" heritage wheels stolen and immediately after having replacements installed he ws "greeted" with an awful metal-to-metal "rubbibing" sound. It was, indeed, a bent caliper shield that was moderatley "crunched" as a result of the vehicle touching down on the pavement after the theives pulled the jack out.
This repair was dealer-performed at a cost of over $300 for parts and labor. Thankfully, his insurance comany cut him a second check after speaking with the dealer.
mine is in the garage and when I park it outside it's right in front of the exterior security camera
always use locks on the rims too and keep the lock keys in the house, not the car
My stepson had his 22 inch rims stolen while at a shop getting work done on it...they had the locks on them. It only takes about 3 minutes to take those off. That coming from the guys that installed the new ones after insurance covered it.
Do have the underside check over to make sure nothing has damaged (incorrect lift points) or items were crushed/damaged when the car was lowered w/o the wheel/tire assembly.
Theives don't care about the collateral damage - just the easy to steal stuff they're after.
I had a co-worker years ago that had the similar thing to her 80s Olds Cutlass (the A-special RWD cars) - the under body damage = insurance totalled the car. The swiped the tires/wheels and set the body on the ground.
2009 R/T 27J pkg (6 speed MT) ordered 7/17/08, built 10/23/08, home on 11/13/08
I would like to thank you guys for the quick replies amd support. The car is at the Dealership already and they will come back to me with an estimate. I believe I will go with the black rims this time, so it won't draw too much attention.
What will happen will happen, but you gotta be aware of your environment. So your idea of smaller, lower profile rims makes sense to me. It's unfortunate that people may sometimes prevent you from being yourself and expressing that, but it is what it is. Before moving to nice suburbs out of LA and getting a garage I wouldn't have bought a Challenger. And if I weren't concerned with the cop magnet factor I'd probably drive a red one with black stripes. 20s are about right for the size of the car, but I personally prefer 18s and would do even smaller to accentuate the retro vibe and because I never bought the justification for tall rims and super low profile tires. I specifically sought out a car with the stock 18" rims and I like the fact that they look like a V6's that no one looks twice at. Well, to be honest I've learned to like that given how much attention (wanted or not) the car gets. But to each their own.
I hope your car didn't sustain too much damage on top of the loss...
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