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Unread 01-07-2010, 06:18 PM   #1
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Where to buy a replacement Jeep key?

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Not sure where this thread belongs...

I am looking to get a spare key or two made for my '77 CJ, and would like to get an all metal key with Jeep on it...like my original factory one.

I have searched high and low on the internet, and went to the dealership...all to no avail! The dealer told me they cannot order a blank key in that model...

The two best solutions I have come up with thus far are:

1. Buy one of these Original Replacement Parts 3641914 - Blank Ignition Key for 76-86 Jeep® CJ-5, CJ-7 & CJ-8 - Quadratec though it is not like the all metal factory one.

or

2. Have a generic replacement made using a standard blank key.

So does anyone know of a place to buy the original key in a blank that I can get cut to match mine?

Thanks and




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Unread 01-07-2010, 06:32 PM   #2
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Check out keys for Grand Wagoneers. Should be the same.
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Unread 01-07-2010, 06:40 PM   #3
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It's a GM key and I doubt you'll ever find a new one with JEEP stamped on it.

Just go to your local lock smith, have one cut and don't worry about what is stamped on the blank.

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Unread 01-07-2010, 07:06 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by JeepnBlake View Post

Check out keys for Grand Wagoneers.

Should be the same.
I will check to see if the blank key code(s) are the same.

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It's a GM key and I doubt you'll ever find a new one with JEEP stamped on it.

Just go to your local lock smith, have one cut and don't worry about what is stamped on the blank.


That would be one of the two solutions I came up with...but as stated, I would like to get a Jeep stamped one if at all possible.

I'm sure there is a place out there to get them from, but will agree that they are hard to find...


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Unread 01-07-2010, 07:50 PM   #5
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I am afraid the original key blanks never said Jeep. They said AMC. You can get new, old stock key blanks on E-bay all the time. Try this link:

amc key blank, great deals on eBay Motors, Ignition System on eBay!

Or just do an E-bay search for "AMC key blanks."

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Unread 01-07-2010, 08:07 PM   #6
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I am afraid the original key blanks never said Jeep.
Some did actually have the word "Jeep" on side, as evident by the very
link on e-bay you posted.

If you look at the link for the 70 thru 84 keys in the e-bay listing you put up,
there is one set of NOS keys that have the "Jeep" name and a small Mopar logo on them.

Here is the picture of them:



Also, the 85 and 86 year keys have both the "Jeep" name underneath the
AMC logo on one side, and the words "American Motors" underneath the AMC
logo on the other side.

How do I know this? Because I have the original set of keys for my 1985 CJ-7
sitting right here in front of me for reference.

Also, if you do a search for Jeep keys on e-bay, you can find a guy who is selling
the 85 and 86 year original OEM set of keys that are exactly like this.

Here is the link for this guys auction for both the ignition key and the glove
box key:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/NOS-Jeep-CJ-keys-CJ-Laredo-CJ-key-blanks_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem53de9ff6efQQitem Z360217310959QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fA ccessories

And here is the picture of them:



The 1984 and older Jeeps used the GM ignition, so the above key set will not work on them, but
there are other auctions for OEM key sets for the older Jeeps like the 70 thru 84 auction you
posted. So you can still get the keys with the word "Jeep" on them if you want too.

Jim

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Unread 01-07-2010, 08:24 PM   #7
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Some did actually have the word "Jeep" on side, as evident by the very
link on e-bay you posted.

If you look at the link for the 70 thru 84 keys in the e-bay listing you put up,
there is one set of keys that have the "Jeep" name and a small Mopar logo on them.

Also, the 85 and 86 year keys have both the "Jeep" name underneath the
AMC logo on one side, and the words "American Motors" underneath the AMC
logo on the other side.

How do I know this? Because I have the original set of keys for my 1985 CJ-7
sitting right here in front of me to prove it.

Also, if you do a search for Jeep keys on e-bay, you can find a guy who is selling
the 85 and 86 year original OEM set of keys that are exactly like this.

Here is the link for this guys auction for both the ignition key and the glove
box key:

NOS Jeep CJ keys, CJ Laredo, CJ key blanks,:eBay Motors (item 360217310959 end time Jan-11-10 17:04:12 PST)

The 1984 and older Jeeps used the GM ignition, so the above key set will not work on them, but
there are other auctions for OEM key sets for the older Jeeps like the 70 thru 84 auction shows.

Jim
Congrats, you know your keys. However, those keys with the small Mopar logo as you stated is actually the Chrysler Pentagram and Chrysler never manufactured CJs, especially ones as old as the OP's. They did not buy out AMC until March of 1987. So, if you are wanting to split hairs, you might take that under consideration.
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This is getting interesting, and proving to be more of a challenge than I originally anticipated.

As previously stated, I am trying to get these keys made for my '77 CJ5, which I had thought still had the factory ignition...however, the working key that I have for it has the American Motors on one side, and Jeep on the other. Unless the ignition had been replaced with a newer one that I am unaware of...

My current key looks identicle to the bottom two (the square headed ones)!





I appreciate all the info thus far guys...



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Congrats, you know your keys. However, those keys with the small Mopar logo as you stated is actually the Chrysler Pentagram and Chrysler never manufactured CJs, especially ones as old as the OP's. They did not buy out AMC until March of 1987. So, if you are wanting to split hairs, you might take that under consideration.
True about the Pentagram. My mistake on the wording. But the original poster wanted to buy blanks for his
Jeep that had the word "Jeep" on them, and there are such animals available that will fit his 1977 CJ if he wants them.

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This is getting interesting, and proving to be more of a challenge than I originally anticipated.

As previously stated, I am trying to get these keys made for my '77 CJ5, which I had thought still had the factory ignition...however, the working key that I have for it has the American Motors on one side, and Jeep on the other. Unless the ignition had been replaced with a newer one that I am unaware of...

My current key looks identicle to the bottom two (the square headed ones)!





I appreciate all the info thus far guys...



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You may just have a replacement, newer 85 or 86 ignition switch in your 77 CJ.

If that is the case, you can buy the replacement OEM keys off the guy on ebay for about 26 bucks.

Jim

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Unread 01-08-2010, 07:58 AM   #11
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Wow! $26 for a set of key blanks?

I'd stick with generic keys for that price.
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Wow! $26 for a set of key blanks?

I'd stick with generic keys for that price.

It all depends on the person I guess.

I agree with you, that yes, they do indeed cost more than just going to
Home Depot and buying two generic keys. But some people not only like the
look of factory stuff, but it makes your rig worth more if you have
OEM parts on it verus japo replacement parts.

I sold my old original black center console a few years ago for over $130.00
all because I had an original "Jeep" branded key for the lock!

I saw some with generic keys going for less than half that. So the extra cost
of an OEM key more than paid for itself for me.

I look at it this way. I can spend 26 bucks easily sucking down some beers
on a friday or saturday night. And after the buzz wears off, what am I left with?

If I skip just one day of beer, I can have an OEM set of keys for my Jeep,
that not only will make it worth more, but the coolness factor will be there
every single day I put that key in the ignition.

But that's just me.

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My 78 cj7 has the AMC logo with jeep on one side and the AMC logo with American motors on the other too. But im positive it was never replaced with anything, perks of it being the second owner, my grandpa bought it new in '78.

So if 84 and older are a GM ignition what type of gm key would fit, Ive got hundreds of gm keys. Id like to try this out.
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It's a GM key and I doubt you'll ever find a new one with JEEP stamped on it.

Just go to your local lock smith, have one cut and don't worry about what is stamped on the blank.

Actually, from my experience it is NOT a GM key. The square shape leads one to believe that but it actually has different grooves in it.

I went to the local hardware store a couple of weeks ago to get a few made and their Automatic Whiz Kid machine couldn't match it. So the clerk tried again and the machine came back with the same result. So I told him "It's just the same as a GM key." Well, lo and behold, when he pulled out the GM key and we inspected it, the slots in the sides of the key were different.

I ended up at the local Ace Hardware store and he was able to match it.

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If you can find some at a junkyard, the FSM explains how to reset the switch to match them.
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