The Auto-Grip GTX lock nut gets an A+
Grip-Tech has added to its Auto-Grip GTX truck wheel locknut range and can now supply a variant specifically for lightweight aluminium rims such as those fitted OE to various Scania and Mercedes-Benz trucks.
These upmarket wheels, which along with the premium tyres often fitted at source, are a favourite target for thieves who are becoming increasingly violent in their methods and think nothing of assaulting drivers who try and protect their vehicle. A single wheel/tyre combo can cost R20 000 and with 18 to be had from a single horse and trailer, these are rich (and relatively easy) pickings for miscreants. A single locknut, on the other hand, costs a few hundred Rand and on a double wheel axle can protect both wheels.
The locally designed and manufactured GTX – for Grip Tech Extreme – was launched at the end of 2018 and was the culmination of two years of research and development. It incorporates features that make it highly effective yet user-friendly and these apply to the new version designed for aluminium wheels.
Says Manual Reis from Grip-Tech:
“The industry has embraced the GTX as a viable deterrent and because it is so difficult to remove without heavy-duty equipment, thieves invariably look for softer targets. Salient features are the 10 000 unique ‘key’ combinations and a hardened, tempered nut which is bonded to a stainless-steel outer collar using a pressure process which makes them almost inseparable.”
Layered anti-theft measures are designed to counter any form of attack using virtually any hand tool. There are – understandably – a number of closely guarded secrets in the design but suffice to say that overcoming one security feature simply reveals another. For example, the side face of the collar incorporates a taper to make gaining purchase on it extremely difficult.
“When we launched the GTX at the end of 2018 we claimed that the GTX was the best product of its kind in the world and we’d believe that’s still the case. With the new addition it is possible for even more truck operators to take advantage of this fact,”
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