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Old 11-13-2011, 12:18 PM   #1
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Yakima roof racks locked

I have a 97 tj. I just put my hard top on and it has the Yakima rook racks mounted on the top of it. The racks were on the hard top from the po. Well I have no key to unlock them and take them off. I can't fit my jeep in my garage with them on. I know I can order keys from Yakima or go to a locksmith. But I was wondering if anybody had another way of doing it. Some tricks or something I just don't know about.






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Old 11-13-2011, 01:52 PM   #2
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I think you already mentioned your only options other than drilling out the locks.

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Old 11-13-2011, 04:33 PM   #3
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:50 AM   #4
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unless you are a master lock picker, there is no way to pick them with a paper clip. If you have a set of lock picks, then you might be able to depending on your skill. You can drill them out in 1-10 minutes. They are soft metal. Drill a pilot hole in the center of the lock, then use a bigger bit to chew up the pins. Push hard, and go very slow when drilling metal.
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:01 AM   #5
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If you have the key code, ordering a replacement key would seem to be the only way to go.

If it's urgent that you get the Jeep into your garage, you could remove the hard top or maybe let some air out of your tires. Or maybe remove the track end caps or the entire track.

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You can drill them out in 1-10 minutes. They are soft metal.
And then shell out $55 for a new lock set.
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:10 AM   #6
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I sell Yakima. The it took a professional lock smith 1 hour to pick it. Drill it out, if you get all the pins out the core will slide right out and can replace it.
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:25 PM   #7
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Yeah I have to get the core out to find the code on it. I wonder if a local bike shop would have a key and they would unlock them for me. Then I could get the code and order me a new key.
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If you know the identity of the PO, you might see if he/she registered the lock code with Yakima.

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