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Old 05-19-2003, 12:42 PM
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Angry Stolen Valve Stem Caps & Little Punks

Well, the little bastards struck again this weekend. When I was cruising with Rost this weekend, he noticed that my valve stem caps were missing.

This is now the second time in about a month that I've had my caps stolen. First it was my BMW roundel ones and this time it was the SSR caps that came with my GT3's.

I found out from my neighbors that I'm not the only one missing stem caps. It seems like most of the cars from my house to the corner have had stem caps stolen recently. Most of us know who it is (a 10 and 13 yr old). These kids have been stopped by the cops for shooting houses and cars with paint balls, ringing door bells and running away, cutting thru fences, keying cars, etc. The problem is, no one has caught these little punks redhanded yet.

I was actually considering purchasing a digital webcam and setting it up outside and burning the nights activity on CD. Once I had proof I would give the CD to the cops and let them scare these kids.

In the meantime I thought about getting locking stem caps for my car.

Kaz had told me of Griots Garage and their locking stem caps. The problem was they didn't carry BMW logos (at least it didn't show on their site), and they ran almost $37.

I found a set for $12.95 in silver. There is no logo and they are pretty plain. I just don't want these kids letting air out of my tires.

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Old 05-19-2003, 12:54 PM
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Matthew brought up a good point the other day about locking valve covers. . . . If it is just kids, you could run the risk of pissing them off with locks.

Suppose they decide to kick your fender when they can't remove the cap
I thought about this Doug. This is why I think I am going to get the camera set up outside my house. This way, if they do get ticked and do some real damage, then the parents will be on the hook for it; and the kids may end up in juvenile court.

I could easily just buy a ton of the standard BMW caps and keep them handy. My biggest problem is the fact that I don't have a garage. If I did, this would be a non-issue.
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Old 05-19-2003, 01:17 PM
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I thought about this Doug. This is why I think I am going to get the camera set up outside my house. This way, if they do get ticked and do some real damage, then the parents will be on the hook for it; and the kids may end up in juvenile court.

I could easily just buy a ton of the standard BMW caps and keep them handy. My biggest problem is the fact that I don't have a garage. If I did, this would be a non-issue.
If they are that good they will probably steal your camera and then you will be really mad!

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Old 05-19-2003, 01:23 PM
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I hope no one steals my fancy BBS caps
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Old 05-19-2003, 03:53 PM
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You too!! Unbelievable

I will most likely just be getting the regular BMW roundel again. What a stupid, petty theft

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Old 05-19-2003, 04:20 PM
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Just buy the cheap plastic caps.

I know it sounds blasphemous . . but it might make sense to just go with the cheap black plastic caps until these kids grow out of it.

I fondly remember riding around town with my buddies on bikes about 20 years ago, looking for the elusive set of fancy chrome stem caps. I had dozens of them. Seemed like harmless fun then.

Oh, also - I don't know where you live, but in my town the cops would laugh if I called to complain about stolen stem caps.

This might just be the cost of parking your car outside.
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Old 05-19-2003, 04:22 PM
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anyone know where to find some generic caps that aren't drug store quality plastic?
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Old 05-19-2003, 04:29 PM
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Sorry to hear about this Ack. There always has to be somebody messing up things. Why can't people just have respect these days
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Old 05-19-2003, 04:35 PM
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Here is a site that sells both locking and non-locking stem caps with the BMW logo:

http://www.brazilshopping.com/store/valvecaps.html
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Old 05-19-2003, 04:46 PM
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Here is a site that sells both locking and non-locking stem caps with the BMW logo:

http://www.brazilshopping.com/store/valvecaps.html
that's cool, but i'm trying to find just non-descript non-plastic ones. plain black anodized would be good.

EDIT: found some: http://apriliaforum.safeshopper.com/50/957.htm?947
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Old 05-19-2003, 04:55 PM
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anyone know where to find some generic caps that aren't drug store quality plastic?
I was wandering through a car wash the other day (it wasn't my car that was getting washed) (obviously) and I saw metal colored caps there. I don't know if they were metal or painted plastic.


You can find all sorts of stuff at the car wash! I can't remember the last time I was in one . . .
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Old 05-19-2003, 05:01 PM
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you can get these 25k gold plated

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Old 05-19-2003, 08:03 PM
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I replaced my fancy BBS caps with the el cheapos. For the same reason I never will have a vanity plate. It attracts unwanted attention.
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Why can't people just have respect these days
Because class warfare is encouraged instead of discouraged.
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Old 05-19-2003, 08:16 PM
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wait a minute...

i have a 330ci with the m68's, which kind of a valve step should the car have stock?

it sounds like people have bmw caps stock?

this is what mine looks like.
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Old 05-19-2003, 08:23 PM
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ok, thanks.

from hearing the way people were referring to 'standard bmw roundel caps' and the like sounded kinda like they were standard on the cars..
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Old 05-19-2003, 08:26 PM
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ok, thanks.

from hearing the way people were referring to 'standard bmw roundel caps' and the like sounded kinda like they were standard on the cars..
No, but it was probably the first "mod" that you did get out of the parts department... Mine didn't leave the dealership on delivery day without them....
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Old 05-19-2003, 10:31 PM
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I just can't justify spending the money on them because 1: they are too small to enjoy....2: I don't feel like looking down at my tires everytime I get in the car to see if little rat bastards have stolen them and 3: I'm too busy waiting for the damn Shark Injector to come out
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hey pete why dont you give the hexagon type caps a try, i dont think these punks carry a 10mm open end wrench around. there pretty hard to remove by hand if you tighten them properly.
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Old 05-19-2003, 11:04 PM
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have you seen what kids carry in their pockets these days!!???
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Old 05-20-2003, 06:57 AM
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I can't put the standard black caps on my car. The actual wheel and valve stem are all polished aluminum; a black cap would look out of place on them. The standard BMW caps don't look right either since they are gold in color.

Al, I haven't seen the hex type caps. I should have my locking caps in about a week and I'll see how they work out.

Matt, sorry bro. BMW's attract lots of attention, its just too bad its not always good.
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have you seen what kids carry in their pockets these days!!???
What are they going to do? Shoot them off?
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Re: Stolen Valve Stem Caps & Little Punks

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Originally posted by Ack

I was actually considering purchasing a digital webcam and setting it up outside and burning the nights activity on CD. Once I had proof I would give the CD to the cops and let them scare these kids.
I think it would be cheaper to just buy a whole bunch of stem caps then to go buy a webcam Detective Ack

Actually someone brought up a good solution to this that might work, tighten the caps slightly with a pair of plyers, this way you can't take them off by hand.

Since our cars have a pair of plyers in the tool kit it would be no problem for you to take them off when you need to . . .
 

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