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    1. 10-11-2012 01:26 AM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by ..Derek.. View Post
      Fork lift.. the same fork lift used to palletize the wheels and move them to the owners warehouse down the street. The same one they will use after insurance company pays and they bring them back to reinstall.

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      10-11-2012 01:37 AM #52
      Quote Originally Posted by ..Derek.. View Post
      Fork lift.. the same fork lift used to palletize the wheels and move them to the owners warehouse down the street. The same one they will use after insurance company pays and they bring them back to reinstall.
      From the picture it doesn't look like they had room to get a forklift in between all of those cars
      If your car feels like it's on rails, then you're going too slow.

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      10-11-2012 02:33 AM #53
      the dealership I sell for just had four Venzas with all the wheels and tires stolen this week. We're small town dealership with no prior need for security cameras but they're being installed quickly. We've had stolen tailgates and wheels and tires off of F 150 as well. OEM parts are expensive.

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      10-11-2012 06:35 AM #54
      The only other car I know with 6 lug wheels are the Kia/Hyundai minivan twins. But I don't know the exact bolt pattern. And oh yeah, the first gen. Cadillac CTS-V.

      Even if the all three share the same bolt pattern, it's not like you'll see the Kia/Hyundai minivans and CTS-V on every other shopping mall parking lot.

      Maybe there's enough owners of older Chevy Traverse out there who wants new rimz.

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      10-11-2012 09:18 AM #55
      Why do they use such a goofball bolt pattern?

      All wheels should be 4/5/6-114.3
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      10-11-2012 09:22 AM #56
      Quote Originally Posted by ..Derek.. View Post
      Fork lift.. the same fork lift used to palletize the wheels and move them to the owners warehouse down the street. The same one they will use after insurance company pays and they bring them back to reinstall.
      Wasn't that a bit from the movie "Blue Streak"?

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      10-11-2012 09:27 AM #57
      Quote Originally Posted by n00bpwnr View Post
      the dealership I sell for just had four Venzas with all the wheels and tires stolen this week. We're small town dealership with no prior need for security cameras but they're being installed quickly. We've had stolen tailgates and wheels and tires off of F 150 as well. OEM parts are expensive.
      My neighbor's Venza had its rims jacked a few days before Christmas last year. Nice, safe neighborhood. Now I see a guy driving a mint-green Avalon with the same wheels on it, and given his "baller" status, I'm guessing the smart money is on him owning some very hot wheels.

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      10-11-2012 09:32 AM #58
      So every dealership I have ever driven by at night is lit up like a Christmas tree and on main roads. So nobody noticed or saw either a large truck or several cars parked in a lot with people scrambling around making all kinds of noise with impact guns, wrenches, etc.

      I guess I just live in a more populated area because that would never happen to the dealers near me. Between surveillance (which can be live feed to someone watching a screen), locked entry gates (typically alarmed as well), police patrol; they wouldn't get far.

      Also this brings up my other point on the accountability of scrap yards. If some guy who is not a contractor or some other worker (plumber, HVAC, etc.) shows up at a yard with a load of copper or some other high commodity item, wouldn't that raise suspicion. Of course they melt it down or shred it up and all evidence is gone. Kinda sucks that they just take whatever from whoever at the scrap yards without any checks and balances in place.

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      10-11-2012 09:33 AM #59
      I wonder if these wheel/tire sets are heading overseas?

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      10-11-2012 09:42 AM #60
      Quote Originally Posted by Ross1013 View Post
      I wonder if these wheel/tire sets are heading overseas?
      Doubtful, transportation costs would be too high. And risk of getting caught would increase substantially
      If your car feels like it's on rails, then you're going too slow.

    11. 10-11-2012 10:02 AM #61
      Googling it shows this is happening A LOT and this wasn't the only dealership hit in Northern Michigan over a short time period.

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      No one was talking about crub sensors, whatever those are.

      And also, what are "fents, burshes, and briks." ?

      We must not have those in Florida.

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      10-11-2012 10:08 AM #62
      Maybe they were jus trying to rid the world from having to suffer through driving one of these things. I'd say this was a humanitarian effort if anything.
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      10-11-2012 10:09 AM #63
      Does the 6 lug pattern fit a Silverado?

      I could imagine those 19s look pretty good on one

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      10-11-2012 02:31 PM #64
      Quote Originally Posted by UFO007 View Post
      I would imagine the scrap value for the wheels alone must make them somewhat valuable?
      Aluminum wheels scrap at about 65-90 cents a pound based on an internet search. Let's go high side at 90 cents x assume 50 lbs for the wheel so each would scrap for $45. Times 72 wheels and it's $3375.

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      10-11-2012 02:36 PM #65
      Quote Originally Posted by Haubbs View Post
      Does the 6 lug pattern fit a Silverado?
      Nah, Chevy 6 lug is 6x5.5" / 6x139.7

      Quote Originally Posted by adrew View Post
      They are 6-lug wheels - I wonder what else they fit? 6x132 bolt pattern
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      That usually turns up a ton of results. Looks like the only other option is Saturn Outlook
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      10-11-2012 02:37 PM #66
      Prank by NASCAR pit crews?

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      10-11-2012 03:17 PM #67
      Quote Originally Posted by n00bpwnr View Post
      We've had stolen tailgates and wheels and tires off of F 150 as well. OEM parts are expensive.
      its because that stuff is easy to scrap. and tailgaits are loaded with metal, easy to stack and even easier to remove.

      im sure thats whats happening to these wheels as well. sell the tires scrap the wheels, easy money. metal recycling places rarely ask questions.

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      10-11-2012 03:35 PM #68
      Quote Originally Posted by 92skirmishgti View Post
      Prank by NASCAR pit crews?
      I lol'ed

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      10-11-2012 03:40 PM #69
      Insurance fraud...
      Look at your signature, now back to mine, now back to yours, now back to mine. Sadly, yours isn't mine, but if you stopped using your old signature and changed it to this one, it could look like mine. Look down, back up, where are you? You're on a car forum, reading this signature.

    20. 10-11-2012 05:28 PM #70
      Back in the days, this used to be common with Grand Nationals and other GM vehicles like SeVille's DeVille's.

      FWIW

    21. 10-11-2012 05:52 PM #71
      So THAT's how Tire Rack has such low overhead!

    22. 10-11-2012 05:58 PM #72
      Quote Originally Posted by robr2 View Post
      Aluminum wheels scrap at about 65-90 cents a pound based on an internet search. Let's go high side at 90 cents x assume 50 lbs for the wheel so each would scrap for $45. Times 72 wheels and it's $3375.
      wheels dont weigh 50lbs with no tires. 20lbs TOPS.
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      10-11-2012 06:01 PM #73
      Quote Originally Posted by Noah Fecks View Post
      wheels dont weigh 50lbs with no tires. 20lbs TOPS.
      You're on dope. The avus 18" S4 wheels weigh 28 lbs each

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      10-11-2012 11:34 PM #74
      Quote Originally Posted by Noah Fecks View Post
      wheels dont weigh 50lbs with no tires. 20lbs TOPS.
      my tires alone weigh 82 lbs a piece i think the wheels are 30

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      10-12-2012 08:03 AM #75
      Quote Originally Posted by Noah Fecks View Post
      wheels dont weigh 50lbs with no tires. 20lbs TOPS.
      OK - so the scrap value is even less. It's hardly worth the trouble to steal and scrap.

      BTW, if the scrap yards were required by the IRS to issue 1099's to scrappers as was proposed, theft for scrap would drop dramatically.

      The place I use issues key ring tags to identify every scrapper. They put the system in place to prepare for the 1099 proposal and to track those who come in with catalytic converters, city plaques and copper pipe.

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