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Unread 12-08-2014, 08:39 PM   #1
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Lock cylinder

Just bought a 1987 wrangler without any keys. My question is will I be able to remove the lock cylinder without turning it?In other words am I screwed without a set of keys?I have another steering column with keys out of a cj7 I could throw in but don't really want to being that jeep runs and drives, but isn't road worthy so I guess it wouldn't be a total loss. If you guys can shed some light on this it would be greatly appreciated.

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Unread 12-09-2014, 06:27 AM   #2
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1987 Wrangler Ignition Removal

I googled the above and watched the utube listed here. it is a fair demo on how to reove the cyklinder to get it rekeyed or replaced;
Ignition Cylinder Removal - Jeep Wrangler YJ - YouTube

May 14, 2014 - Uploaded by Redneck Garage
Steering Wheel Installation Jeep Wrangler YJ Today I discuss the procedure for ignition cylinder removal and ...

Good luck; just take your time and also take pictures as you go to document the things you need to remove etc;
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Unread 12-09-2014, 07:13 AM   #3
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I'd call the dealer and/or a good locksmith. They may be able to cut a key from the vin. I have done this several times over the years.
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You could probably get a used replacement steering column for the cost of a locksmith.
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Unread 12-09-2014, 07:35 AM   #5
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You could probably get a used replacement steering column for the cost of a locksmith.
Possibly- but a vin-cut is usually $25 and 20 minutes. A used steering column cost varies AND is a lot longer than 20 minutes.

Just suggesting a locksmith or the dealer as a fairly painless possible solution for OP.
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Unread 12-09-2014, 09:46 AM   #6
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Think i am gonna try to get the lock cylinder out before anything else. That video shows him not using keys so I may get lucky
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Unread 12-09-2014, 11:04 AM   #7
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Once you remove the steering wheel , lock plate and move the turn signal switch out of the way , remove the key buzzer switch and ignition lock retaining screw and you are in business the lock cylinder will pull right out. In a perfect world cutting a key with the VIN number would be ideal but when dealing with a 20+ year old vehicle it doesn't always work out. A new lock cylinder with keys is almost the same price.
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Unread 12-09-2014, 11:08 AM   #8
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what he said ^^, you don't need the key to remove the lock cylinder but you do have to take apart the upper mechanism under the steering wheel
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Unread 12-09-2014, 07:38 PM   #9
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Well was able to go to my local Advance Auto and they had a cylinder in stock. So for 15 bucks i am back in business. Thats video was a big help thanks again.
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Dumb question I know but what about the door cylinders?
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Unread 12-10-2014, 03:32 PM   #11
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This is a good thread. I hope the OP doesnt mind me asking my question here...

My drivers side door and my rear hatch locks arent working properly... The drivers door lock just spins and the rear hatch lock doesnt turn...

Considering I want to keep the same key for all the doors and the ignition, is there a way to get new door locks madeup that will match my current key?
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Unread 12-10-2014, 06:04 PM   #12
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Yes and no. Factory tailgate key for many years was a different blank than ignit and doors. Can't see what year ya got but I think 91+ took the same key but 90 and back didn't.

I had a local locksmith match my doors to the ignit key. I took the cylinders out, he repinned 'em, and I reinstalled. Think it cost me $15 or $20 that I was happy and pleased to pay.
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Unread 12-10-2014, 06:30 PM   #13
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Yes and no. Factory tailgate key for many years was a different blank than ignit and doors. Can't see what year ya got but I think 91+ took the same key but 90 and back didn't.

I had a local locksmith match my doors to the ignit key. I took the cylinders out, he repinned 'em, and I reinstalled. Think it cost me $15 or $20 that I was happy and pleased to pay.
Awesome. Im glad to hear I can have the same key for all locks including ignition! Mine is a 92 btw
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