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Unread 06-05-2014, 06:23 AM   #1
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Having trouble getting spare key made for 85 CJ7

I have tried several places to get a spare key made for my 85 CJ7 with no luck. The places I have gone to don't have the mold/template for the key. I only have the one key and need a couple spares.

Oddly, the key that I have is a GM key.

Ideas? Suggestions?

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Unread 06-05-2014, 06:29 AM   #2
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I can check the local hardware store in Waynesboro, VA. I'm pretty sure that is where me spares were made. It's an Ace Hardware, lots of them around.
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Unread 06-05-2014, 06:31 AM   #3
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Thanks Shenandoah.

I haven't checked ACE yet and there are couple here in Lexington.
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Unread 06-05-2014, 10:15 AM   #4
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Have you tried an actual locksmith?
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Unread 06-05-2014, 10:25 AM   #5
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Got mine at Lowe's
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Unread 06-05-2014, 11:10 AM   #6
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Got mine at Lowe's
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Ditto....
I either got mine at Home Depot or Lowes for my '85. They had trouble finding a matching blank, but was able to look in their book and find a matching one from another AMC vehicle.
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Unread 06-05-2014, 11:10 AM   #7
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They are GM keys because GM uses the same steering column as the CJ's.
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Unread 06-05-2014, 11:27 AM   #8
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I have a 84 cj and had 4 keys made at home depot, all 4 worked perfect.
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Unread 06-05-2014, 07:39 PM   #9
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85 and 86 used GM keys. The 84 back was different.
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Unread 06-05-2014, 09:53 PM   #10
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1984 and older is a RA4 blank, 85-86 is a RA5 blank, which is the same as a GM "J" blank.
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Unread 06-05-2014, 10:08 PM   #11
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My 83 is a GM key.
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Unread 06-05-2014, 10:10 PM   #12
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Then it could have been swapped as the key cylinders are interchangeable in those GM later columns. All 84 and back ORIGINAL keys Ive ever seen have not been the GM "J" type, but the regular older key that is very different in cut and shape than the later keys. Instead of fitting just the ignition, the older ones fit doors too.
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Unread 06-05-2014, 10:36 PM   #13
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Just because they aren't a J blank doesn't mean they aren't the same as a GM key. GM keys changed over the years as well.
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Unread 06-06-2014, 03:47 AM   #14
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My 81 takes a GM key as well.
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Unread 06-06-2014, 05:32 AM   #15
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85 and 86 used GM keys. The 84 back was different.
They still used the GM Saginaw column back into the late 70's didn't they?
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