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Old 11-08-2019, 11:52 AM
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Duplicate Key for for about $45

I have used this forum so much to learn and fix my new (to me) 2012 JK. However, this is my first post on this forum. I hope that it helps someone!

I had looked for a solution to avoid paying the astronomical price the dealers charge for a duplicate key fob and was only able to find a way to economically duplicate a key if you had two keys. Problem was, I only received one key with our jeep when we bought it. Checking with the dealer, I was told that it would be $169 for the key itself, and then about $70 to program it. In looking on the internet, I found that you could purchase two blank key fobs on Amazon for $15. That seemed more reasonable, but that meant that you would have to have the key cut to match the ignition. Seemed pretty easy, so I ordered two of the keys. When they came, they were indeed just like the one key we had that worked, so I thought I had it beat. I wandered into Walmart late one evening when they weren't busy and asked the folks in the automotive department what they would charge to cut the blanks. The woman I spoke to told me she wasn't sure that she could do it, but was willing to try. She found the right setting and cut them both. She expressed concern that they might not work, but she didn't charge me anything for doing it!! Went out to the Jeep and they both fit, turned on the ignition and started the jeep, which ran for about two seconds and promptly died. They needed programmed...

Everything I read about getting the keys programmed sounded expensive. I called a locksmith and he said that Chrysler stopped giving the key pin codes out and he could no longer do them. I needed to use the dealer. I figured I had wasted my $15 on the keys, but kept reading. I looked everywhere for info but didn't find much. I thought I might get lucky and find a cheap key programmer on eBay or Amazon, so I checked them out. On eBay they had several SBB Pro2 key programmers listed. They were anywhere from $67 on up to well over $200. I figured that it might be worth a try to buy the programmer and program my own keys. I ordered one from and outfit that assured me it would work on my Jeep and crossed my fingers. It showed up and I gave it a try. All went well until I selected the Jeep Wrangler and hit enter. First thing it wanted was the PIN code!!! Again, I thought I had wasted my money. The locksmith had said they would not share the PIN. Crap!! Back to square one. I called a different dealer to see what they would charge. In talking to the service manager I mentioned that I already had the blank keys. He said it would be worth trying to have them do the programming on them, however if they didn't work they would charge $67 either way. Then I mentioned that if I could get the PIN code I would try it myself. He said that they gladly provide the PIN to the owner, they just needed proof of ownership. PROBLEM SOLVED!!

I went back to our local dealer, showed them my registration, got the PIN, came home, hooked up the programmer, and in about two minutes I had two new Jeep keys that worked!!! It was unbelievable how quick and easy it was.

I am listing the programmer on eBay for $60. When it sells, my duplicate keys will have cost abut $45 for the pair.

I hope this helps someone avoid the problems I had and save some big bucks!

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Got a link to what you bought or perhaps the one you're selling if it's not already sold? This is interesting to me because I only have 1 key for my Jeep also. Just hesitant to buy programmers from random Chinese companies

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Old 11-10-2019, 10:36 AM
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I would give a link, but really the way I select a seller is to use eBay's seller feedback rating. They are all selling the very same item from the same factory in China. The one I bought said it would ship from the US and they had good ratings. The ratings are easier to see on eBay, but Amazon is the same way. Just type in "SBB Pro2" on either site and decide if you are willing to pay a little more for one from the US or wait a little longer for one from China.
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One more thing that I might mention, if you buy blank keys on Amazon or eBay, pay attention to the years that they work for. I think they changed in 2011, so blanks were for 07 thru 11 and then for 12 thru 16.
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Good to know. Thanks. Also on the programmer, the common one I'm seeing is like a blueish rectangle with a screen in the middle and says its version sbb 48.99 or something along those lines. Does that sound similar to what you bought?

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That is the one. The one I ordered was version 48.88. Looks like a newer version is available. I'm guessing either one would work.
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Old 11-15-2019, 09:49 AM   #7
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Be happy it's not an Audi. Lost a key? No problem. $200 and it'll be a few days from Germany.....oh.....and we need your car....where should we send the flatbed?
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On my 2015 do not have power anything so just have a key not a FOB. I bought blanks for about 5 and had the hardware store cut them . They did not charge .

I had both my original keys and had no problem getting the new keys ( that do have a chip in them) programmed to start the vehicle . I left one that can open doors but will not start the vehicle.

I have teenage grand kids - don't ask - long story just know it is going to be years before that kid gets trusted with a key to start anything.
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Chipped key or not

I bought a used 09JK and only got one chipped key. The other plain metal Ace hardware key works just fine....even when the chipped key is nowhere near. What is the deal? Are chipped keys not required in 09? Thanks in advance, Jeeps are new to me.
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That is pretty interesting alright. When we bougth the un-programmed keys they would start the jeep ant then it would immediately die. I know that you can get a key that doesn't have the remote function, but still has the chip and will start the jeep when programmed, but a plain old key shouldn't work. Ill have to get one and give it a try.
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Sounds like you could have made some $$$ programming additional keys for ppl on here. I would've paid you $50 bucks to program to keys for me.. LoL
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Interesting thread. I just bought an '09 JK and am wading through the owners manual. I am on this thread cause I just read about 'pin' and was wondering how I would find it. According the the owners manual, the pin is necessary to program the key IF you have the "Sentry Key Theft" system - I do have this. If you do not then I would think any old key ought to work. Maybe the Sentry system was disabled on the car that GainTwist posted about. Anyway, thanks for mentioning that proof of ownership is all that is needed to get the pin.
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Interesting thread. I just bought an '09 JK and am wading through the owners manual. I am on this thread cause I just read about 'pin' and was wondering how I would find it. According the the owners manual, the pin is necessary to program the key IF you have the "Sentry Key Theft" system - I do have this. If you do not then I would think any old key ought to work. Maybe the Sentry system was disabled on the car that GainTwist posted about. Anyway, thanks for mentioning that proof of ownership is all that is needed to get the pin.
Proof and a trip to the dealer.
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Sounds like you could have made some $$$ programming additional keys for ppl on here. I would've paid you $50 bucks to program to keys for me.. LoL
Sure, if you don't mind giving your pin code to a stranger on the internet with a programmer and your address... Once you get that code there are locksmiths that have the programmers and will cut and program them pretty cheap.

I guess you could mitigate that having them not be cut, just programmed blanks. The downside is the programming does not always take.
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Sounds like you could have made some $$$ programming additional keys for ppl on here. I would've paid you $50 bucks to program to keys for me.. LoL
Sorry it has taken so long to reply! I have been away. As for being able to use the programmer to program keys from a distance, it simply won't work. The key hast to be in the ignition and the jeep needs to be turned on for the process to work. I'm pretty sure the entire process simply senses the info from the new key and maps it to the processor in the Jeep. I wish it worked that way, but it just won't.

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