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Old 04-04-2010, 11:23 AM   #1
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Full door/half door lock swap, possible?

Just obtained a set of full doors with no key and want to swap my half door locks over so I'll have a key to open the full doors. Possible? Thanks gents

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Old 04-04-2010, 12:08 PM   #2
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Yes, it's very easy. Once you get the door panel off, you'll see that the lock cylinder is only held in place by a slide-in clip retainer. Slide the clip retainer off to the side with a screwdriver & the lock is free to come out after you release the control rod from it. There's a little plastic retainer gizmo you rotate off the rod IIRC that releases it from the lock.

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Old 04-04-2010, 01:05 PM   #3
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Why not just bring them down to a local lock smith and have them re keyed to match the key you have so all the doors work on the same key
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Why not just bring them down to a local lock smith and have them re keyed to match the key you have so all the doors work on the same key
Read post above yours. I think it's wiser to swap locks and retain my original key than spend money re-keying the doors. Knowing it's possible, I'll jump right on it. Thanks
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Old 04-04-2010, 02:16 PM   #5
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Well from my understanding if you strip off the panels and bring the doors to a local locksmith you can have him reset the tumblers in the doors to the same key that you have for your 1/2 doors and ignition. That way they all match and you can change your doors as you like and not worry about it. Odds are you can get it done for around $20-30.
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Old 04-04-2010, 08:00 PM   #6
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Just got in the passenger half door and removed the lock with no probs; it's open with a straight shot to the lock. The full door however, yikes....absolutely no access to remove the clip holding the lock in. Only option I can see is to take a 2" hole saw and cut through the interior steel panel to get to it. That, or someone with real tiny hands M I G H T be able to weasel in there. Sigh.....
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:27 PM   #7
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Update.

Got the locks swapped over today. Wasn't easy as pie, but got it done. Used a 2" hole saw and cut through the interior steel hiding the lock. The interior door panel hides the hole so there's no ugliness about the project Also noticed that the full door lock has an extended arm connecting it to the door handle, as opposed to the half door lock which had a short arm. Removed the C-clips from both and swapped the arms over too. Working door locks! 2 hours time, assorted screwdrivers and a 2" hole saw (also used a dremel to clean up the hole), one Miller High Life, no prob
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Old 04-21-2010, 12:38 PM   #8
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Did the same thing yesterday, but without cutting the new hole. Beat the hell out of my hands, but got it done.
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Old 01-11-2011, 11:23 PM   #9
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what about swapping out the slide clip retainers and all the other parts around the cylinder? I ask because I just bought some used hard doors to replace my half doors, but the stuff around the lock itself (on the full doors I just bought) is what seems to be malfunctioning. Anytime it is really cold over night, ill open the door but something inside there wont reset and I am not able to get the door shut. I close the door but it will just bang off (think of a dead bolt on your houses front door being in the locked position while it's open, and when you go to shut the door it just bangs).

Should I open up the panel and just do some cleaning of the parts. Or should I swap out the stuff in my half doors that work for the stuff in my full doors that do not seem to work. Or should I just buy new gear?
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Trying getting a can of white lithioum grease and spraying it into the latch on the door, if you want also take the door panel of and grease the inside of the latch and handles.

My passenger side door started getting hard to open and I did that an it made it work a whole lot better.

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