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Unread 05-21-2010, 01:59 PM   #1
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Lock for tailgate? Need key or re-key

The lock in my tailgate as far as I know is fine. The only problem is I don't have a key for it. I called the a locksmith out of 5 only one would cut me a new key from scratch (using my VIN) and it would cost $75. I don't need it that much to pay $75.

Is it easier to get the cylinder re-keyed or should I keep shopping around?

Is grinding the pins on the cylinder as easy as people make it sound? The tailgate cylinder shouldn't be too hard to get out right? Then stick in my key and shave off the pins that stick out...sound easy...is it?

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Unread 05-21-2010, 02:09 PM   #2
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Is grinding the pins on the cylinder as easy as people make it sound? The tailgate cylinder shouldn't be too hard to get out right? Then stick in my key and shave off the pins that stick out...sound easy...is it?
It's been a wile sense I did mine, but that's pretty much exactly what I did. At some point prior to my ownership, my jeep had been stolen and then recovered, and the ignition cylinder had been replaced, and my ignition key did not work for the tail gate.

Removing the cylinder is fairly simple, just remove the cover plate from the inside, and you will be able to disconnect the rod that connects the cylinder to the latch, as well as the cylinder retainer. Once the cylinder is out, it really is as simple as putting your key in, and grinding down the pins.
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The local locksmith charges about $25 to re-key a lock cylinder if you carry it onto his shop.

Most dealerships will cut you a new key if you provide proof of ownership for the Jeep.
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Are there any companies that sell all three together? tailgate and two door cylinders? that use one key?
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Look on ebay. I bought a cylinder w/2keys for $14.95 a couple of years ago. I can't remember which seller it was or if he's even around anymore. He sells them for both the doors and tailgate. You'll have to do a search for them. Good luck and happy hunting.

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Maybe this would work?

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Do the pins fall out if you hold it upside down. Meaning is it tedious to file the pins down without them falling out all over the place?
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Unread 05-24-2010, 08:34 AM   #9
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Well, I just noticed that you have an 89, I don't know if it will be the same as my 93, or not. Dose yours use one key for the locks and ignition, or is it two seperate keys?

My 93 used just one, double sided key, and with that type of key, the lock uses little flat washer looking tumblers. That style will not fall out, as long as the key is left in the cylinder, but I don't know about the older style.
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Ok, I got the cylinder out of the Jeep, but the pins are covered by a sheath. How do I get that off? The only way I could see was to take the black cover off the front/exposed part of the lock. I could do that but it would probably get destroyed....any tricks or what?
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my locksmith stuck a tube in the lock and looked in it.. went back inside the shop, made the key and came out to the jeep.. stuck the key in... and it worked.. $25
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My tailgate was different than my doors and I didn't have a key for any of them so I just got this kit. Two door cylinders and one tailgate cylinder with 2 keys. All keyed the same. Easy as can be to install. Works perfect.
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^^^^ That's what I would do!
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Unread 05-29-2010, 11:31 AM   #14
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If I could buy 1 lock cylinder maybe, but my doors don't have keys...I have half doors so the only lock is on my tailgate.
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Unread 05-29-2010, 11:49 AM   #15
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wait you have locks on your doors??? LOL. I don't.
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