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BOLT Lock Review - Lock & Load

Posted in Product Reviews on April 10, 2014
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We have a knack for losing padlock keys. Oftentimes, we need to unlock a padlock and the key is AWOL. We have no idea where the key went, but we’re guessing that it’s partying with all our missing socks. You know, the socks that go missing between the dryer and your dresser, leaving you with a worthless, orphan sock. Sometimes, we just forget the key. We arrived at a dirt bike riding area once and realized we forgot the key to unlock the cable lock that was securing our dirt bikes to our trailer. That was annoying.

One key that we don’t lose and almost always have with us is our truck’s ignition key, and that’s why the BOLT locks by Strattec Security Corporation caught our eye. What’s so special about the BOLT locks? Well, these locks allow you to set all your truck, trailer, and equipment locks to work with your truck’s ignition key (BOLT is an acronym for “breakthrough one-key lock technology,” in case you were wondering). You simply purchase the lock for your vehicle type, insert and turn the ignition key in the lock until it stops, and the lock is then “keyed” for your rig’s ignition key. BOLT locks are available for a wide range of trucks and SUVs. The BOLT product range includes a cable lock, padlock, toolbox latch retrofit kit, trailer spare tire lock, lock cylinder, Jeep spare tire lock, and ½- and 5⁄8-inch-diameter receiver locks.

The 5⁄8-inch-diameter receiver lock for our Power Wagon is designed for Class III, IV, and V hitch receivers. It is long enough to fit both 2-inch and 21⁄2-inch hitch receivers. BOLT also offers a 1⁄2-inch-diameter receiver lock for 11⁄2-inch hitch receivers. The receiver lock features include an auto-return spring that automatically locks when the key is removed; a solid stainless steel pin; and a six-plate tumbler sidebar that prevents picking and bumping. We appreciated the integrated, easily removable cover (which stayed pliable in very cold weather) and the automotive-grade stainless steel lock shutter, both of which are designed to keep out weather and debris. We had no problems installing or removing the receiver lock even when it was covered in ice and snow. The receiver lock would also be useful to secure a winch cradle to a hitch receiver.

We recently had BOLT send us a padlock, cable lock, and 5⁄8-inch receiver lock for testing. All three devices took only seconds to “key” to our ’05 Dodge Power Wagon ignition key, and then we put ‘em to work. We were impressed at the quality of the devices and the fit, finish, and operation was top notch. This should come as no surprise because Strattec Security is the world’s largest manufacturer of automotive locks and keys and is the main OEM supplier for Ford, GM, and Chrysler. We were also impressed at the thought that went into the design of the products. It was clear that each was designed to be rugged and long-lasting. We tested the three devices in the dead of winter, when conditions were at their worst, and each device was seemingly unaffected by the frigid temperatures, ice, and snow.

We can say that the BOLT locks work as advertised and with these we should be immune to the dreaded lost or forgotten key situations of the past. Now, if could only find those missing socks.

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Bolt Lock
Milwaukee, WI 53209

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