Do you remember the opening chariot race in Ben Hur? There is a moment in the race where the camera zooms in on the wheel and you can see a bunch of daggers poking out from the centerpoint of the wheel as it gets towards our main character’s chariot.
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This is meant to be a weapon of sorts, and they were meant to chop off the ankles of foot soldiers during the reign of the Roman Empire.
Or, you might have seen them in the Mad Max movies with Russel Crowe braving it through the Australian desert in his old XB Ford Falcon. Those wheel spikes worked for him, but will they work for you? (Don’t try that at home, please)
Now, you might be wondering “what does this have to do with driving down the road and truck wheel spikes?“ Well, you might’ve even seen semi trucks or large diesel trucks that have a bunch of spikes poking out from where their lug nuts should be. These are called “wheel spikes.”
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What is the Purpose of Wheel Spikes?
Wheel spikes are not illegal. Most wheel spikes are no more than four or 5 inches long and they don’t extend any further than your fender, your rock slider, running guard, or your bumper. Wheel spikes are normally, as explained above, made out of weak material that would most likely just break off in an accident.
However, the law states that if you have anything sticking out of your vehicle that is likely to hurt someone as they’re walking by, it’s illegal.
So, go out and get some wheel spikes. It’ll make your car look cooler, it’ll warn other drivers to stay away because you could easily “Ben Hur” them, and they’re cheap.