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Old 03-19-2008, 09:40 AM   #1
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Anyone know how to rekey an OEM center console?

hey guys. i recently got a '97 TJ that came with the front half console instead of the full console with the arm rest/storage compartment. yesterday i installed a used OEM full center console that i got on eBay. i opted for the factory version over the tuffy because i live in a safe small town and i prefer the look of the OEM console over the tuffy. it's just a weekend toy so security isn't a big concern and i don't keep anything valuable in there.

got the new console in and now i want to rekey the lock cylinder so it matches the ignition key. the whole lock mechanism is pretty gunked up too. the button doesn't come up all the way so i'd like to clean it with some WD-40 while i've got it apart. i understand how the pins work and rekeying seems simple but how do i get to the pins? i took the lock and latch out but that's as far as i could get. there was one small brass torx screw holding the the latch in place. when i removed the bolt, the whole lock/latch came out of the console lid. i didn't see any other screws or any sort of release device that would allow me to get to the pins. it didn't come with a key so if i ever want to lock it, i'll need to rekey. i know it's easy to break into and i shouldn't lock it but i'm not worried about that.

anyone know where to go from here?

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Old 03-19-2008, 12:14 PM   #2
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Same Q here! My ignition key doesnt fit my center console

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Old 03-19-2008, 12:30 PM   #3
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I'm at the other end of the spectrum. I bought my TJ with Tuffy center console and glove boxes. Both have different keys and are different from the ignition.

I want to at least get the lock boxes to match.

Or at least (and I have had a hard time finding a place that can do it) I would like to get back up copies of my tuffy keys.
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I'm at the other end of the spectrum. I bought my TJ with Tuffy center console and glove boxes. Both have different keys and are different from the ignition.

I want to at least get the lock boxes to match.

Or at least (and I have had a hard time finding a place that can do it) I would like to get back up copies of my tuffy keys.
Loo Call or e-mail Tuffy You may need to change your locks out. Or go to a lock smith.
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I'm at the other end of the spectrum. I bought my TJ with Tuffy center console and glove boxes. Both have different keys and are different from the ignition.

I want to at least get the lock boxes to match.

Or at least (and I have had a hard time finding a place that can do it) I would like to get back up copies of my tuffy keys.
Contact Tuffy directly. You can get key copies from them order for not much more order replacement lock sets keyed alike. They were easy to work with.
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:08 PM   #6
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I had the same problem, I went to my local stealership and bought a new lock for it and they were able to change the tumblers to match my key. I think it all was done for less than 40 bucks.
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Old 03-21-2008, 07:41 AM   #7
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yeah, i have heard the dealership can do it but i wanted to save a few bucks. i'll probably end up pulling the lock cylinder out and taking it to them. if it cost you $40 for a new lock and getting it rekeyed, hopefully it won't cost me a whole lot since i already have a working lock.
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are the keys the ones that look like padlock keys?

here is a video i made on keying all locks the same.

<iframe width="425" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-uv3GOfrWG4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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http://youtu.be/-uv3GOfrWG4

i'm not good on forums, so we'll see if the video embedded itself

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