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Unread 01-18-2013, 09:48 AM   #1
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Door lock removal or key duplicate

Hey everyone. In March, I will be trading my full doors with another forum member for his factory half doors. I was curious how hard it will be to swap our door lock mechanisms so we can keep our own key. Would it be easier to have a duplicate key cut for each of us and have an entry key and ignition key? I'm OK with either, but thought I'd see if it was much trouble to swap the locks out. I have an 08 if that makes any difference among the JKs. Thanks

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Unread 01-18-2013, 02:03 PM   #2
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I can tell you installing them into a half door is easy peasy. I bought a half door kit that you need to paint and assemble. The locks were easy. Not sure about a full door with the windows though. I don't see it being that hard.
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Unread 01-18-2013, 02:12 PM   #3
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Ive done it on TJ doors, pop the panel and then you need to remove a clip and the pushrod. The clip can be tricky in the space.
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Unread 01-18-2013, 02:26 PM   #4
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I dunno how similar the TJ and JKs are, but do you know if any special tools are needed?

Vin, did you buy factory half doors or aftermarket?
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Unread 01-19-2013, 06:54 AM   #5
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I dunno how similar the TJ and JKs are, but do you know if any special tools are needed?

Vin, did you buy factory half doors or aftermarket?
They are Mopar half doors I bought from JeepsAreUs. They are local to me so I was able to pick them up. I dropped them off at a body shop to get painted, then I took them home and put them together (all over a course of a week. They needed time to cure). I used a simple socket set and screw drivers to put them together. Because I put them together I was able to have the whole hinge painted so I wouldn't have a problem with bubbling paint/rusting under the hinge and I was able to install power locks, so my key fob wouldn't be useless.

Total cost (for a 2 door) was 2 grand for the kit, $235 for the paint and 25 bucks to have the lock cylinders keyed. I see the kits have come down a bit, but you will have to kick in some cash to enjoy half doors. To me it was totally worth it and I plan on getting half doors for my new 4 door.
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Unread 01-19-2013, 07:17 AM   #6
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So basically with regular tools, nothing fancy, we should be able to meet up, take my full doors off, take his half doors off, and swap lock cylinders without much of a problem?
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What about the rear gate, glove box, console and ignition?
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Unread 01-19-2013, 08:19 AM   #8
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What about them?

We are trading doors, so the door locks are the only thing that I need to keep of mine and swap from my doors to his.
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Unread 01-19-2013, 10:04 AM   #9
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So basically with regular tools, nothing fancy, we should be able to meet up, take my full doors off, take his half doors off, and swap lock cylinders without much of a problem?

The biggest issue will be the full doors. I think they have an extra inner membrane/liner that you need to get past as well the windows. Not imposible, but it won't be a 1,2, 3 swap. IIRC the door latch is held on my 3 torx on the back of the door. Once that is removed, the lock cylinder is being held on by a sliding clip.
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Unread 01-19-2013, 10:10 AM   #10
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They are Mopar half doors I bought from JeepsAreUs. They are local to me so I was able to pick them up. I dropped them off at a body shop to get painted, then I took them home and put them together (all over a course of a week. They needed time to cure). I used a simple socket set and screw drivers to put them together. Because I put them together I was able to have the whole hinge painted so I wouldn't have a problem with bubbling paint/rusting under the hinge and I was able to install power locks, so my key fob wouldn't be useless.

Total cost (for a 2 door) was 2 grand for the kit, $235 for the paint and 25 bucks to have the lock cylinders keyed. I see the kits have come down a bit, but you will have to kick in some cash to enjoy half doors. To me it was totally worth it and I plan on getting half doors for my new 4 door.
You should post in the half-doors thread.
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You should post in the half-doors thread.
I've read through it from the begining. The OP isn't looking to spend the bucks for Mopar doors, so there isn't much more I could add to the conversation.
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What about them?

We are trading doors, so the door locks are the only thing that I need to keep of mine and swap from my doors to his.
Never mind, I had a ******* attack.
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Never mind, I had a ******* attack.
I was like lol
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Hey everyone. In March, I will be trading my full doors with another forum member for his factory half doors. I was curious how hard it will be to swap our door lock mechanisms so we can keep our own key. Would it be easier to have a duplicate key cut for each of us and have an entry key and ignition key? I'm OK with either, but thought I'd see if it was much trouble to swap the locks out. I have an 08 if that makes any difference among the JKs. Thanks
You can google to find the assembly instructions for the half door kits.
Google: K6860781

Note that the lock cylinder is like the very first item installed into the shell.
With the full doors you have the added joy of the window mechanism.

You may not have matching wire harness connecting blocks.
And the half doors likely do not have power latches installed.
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Unread 01-21-2013, 12:05 PM   #15
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Mine have manual windows, so I would guess the harness connecting blocks would be the same. It does sound like a bit of work to swap out. I don't really mind having an extra key to open the door and one for the ignition. He mentioned not minding either, so I think I may just do that.
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