Grip-Tech product takes wheel security to the next level
Grip-Tech has launched its new Auto-Grip GTX Series truck wheel locknut in SA. It’s a product designed to call time on the occurrence of wheel/tyre theft from heavy commercial vehicles and trailers.
The latest GTX Grip Tech Extreme incorporates features which make it effective yet user-friendly. Designed and manufactured locally, it represents the culmination of two years of research and development. At R259 per locknut, it is a cost-effective solution to what can be an expensive problem.
Up to 10,000 unique “keys” can be created using a computer algorithm, making the removal of the nut virtually impossible without the matching adapter key. Codes can be allocated exclusively to a company or customer, so only they have the ability to order additional locks and keys of that type.
A nut which is hardened and tempered to meet Original Equipment Manufacturer standards is the starting point for each GTX. The machined nut is fused under pressure with a stainless-steel collar in a way that makes them inseparable.
Businesses in the transport, freight and logistics sectors are the primary target market for the GTX.
“When wheels are stolen it is not only about a stranded vehicle but the direct replacement of each wheel/tyre, which can cost up to R20,000,” says Manuel Reis, MD of Grip-Tech.
Grip-Tech says it has tested the GTX against a multitude of attack methods and has created antitheft measures to counter any form of attack using chisels, hammers and vice-grips.
For example, says Reis, the side face of the GTX locknut is tapered, so gripping it becomes extremely difficult.
There are a number of closely guarded secrets but suffice to say that overcoming one security feature simply reveals another. The more it is brutalised, the more difficult the GTX becomes to remove.
For details, log on www.auto-grip.co.za to
Auto-Grip GTX truck wheel locknuts are robust and said to be virtually impossible to remove without a matching adapter key.