First published 1 November
The very effective snap-off steering wheel . . .
is how I make the Spider impossible to steal and drive. And it's fun
too when people start looking at your Alfa Romeo.
wheel, no steal! Here's an instructional video. Very
smooth and elegant. The snap on lock is sold by www.Snap-Off.com
in Great Britain.
It was invented in Sweden by Mr. Johan
who still has them for sale. Johan is the inventor with a passion
for racing. Also another Swedish vendor: www.janolisamotorsport.com
who ships all over the globe.
Please click to enlarge.
anti-theft device Snap-Off system, combined with SWM hub kits and
sport steering wheels, allows the easy, quick release and removal of
the steering wheel when the car is parked. The wheel can then be
easily and safely remounted when you drive your car again.
What better deterrent can you have than totally
removing your steering wheel, thus confusing and discouraging the
thief and diverting it to car without the so called Snap-Off.
system can easily be assembled and servicing is not necessary,
Snap-Off will also allow you to buy a sport steering from the wide
range of SWM wheels.
The anti theft Snap-Off is covered by the
European and American patent laws.
just snap the steering wheel on when I like to drive. Once removed,
it is not possible to drive away. It looks very strange on the
parking lot and you will meet new friends all the time.
And the Spider will remain where you left her.
I use my Momo Super Indy wheel and carry it in a
bag. No problems! This arrangement will fit any steering key shaft.
BTW, if you have an air-bag, sorry, it won't work here. Just good
old 105's will do.
Using a vice-grip will be very complicated for a
presumed thief. First the villain will have to spot your car, second
check how to steal it. Then he has to go away to get a vice-grip.
When he returns, you will probably be gone with your car. If your
pearl is still there in the parking-lot, the villain will have some
real hardships, driving away with the odd steering wheel.
Remember, the vice-grip is not the nasty thing
wrestlers use before the DSQ. It is a special tool, however not that
If the steering feels inaccurate this might help:
If you have a Burman recirculating box,
they can be adjusted as well. There's a ovalish shaped plate
on top of the box, held on by two bolts. Underneath is a spring, and
a stack of shims.
Play is adjusted by varying the spring tension
with shimmed height of the plate. Don't worry about the spring
flying, it only sticks out a bit. If your box is full of oil, you
might want to suction out a few ounces, since the hole is
"below sea level" when full. Take off the plate, and start
removing shims till you get a bit of tension, then add just the one
so there isn't load on the internals.
This is best done with the front end up on jacks,
so the wheels can freely move and you can feel the threshold of
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