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    Sfork New Member

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    Would it be possible to replace the Door's laser key cylinder with the 2008 version? We recently got a 2010 for our taxi fleet but the metal key doesn't even work. We need 5-6 keys to hand out to the drivers and it would be loads cheaper to get the 2008 cylinder with the easy to duplicate keys. I've been lurking for a while and you guys really helped me out especially with reprogramming fobs.

    If no one has an answer I'd be willing to attempt it since we have a bunch of <2009 Prius but I'd have to take a cab off the road, which I'd rather avoid.

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    Quickest way to find out is to try it. See http://priuschat.com/forums/gen-ii-...om-key-question-not-your-normal-question.html for info about replacing a Gen2 cylinder.

    Just take the cylinders out of a Gen2 and a Gen3, and see if you can install them in the opposite car.

    The keyfobs cannot be swapped. Getting the opposite type mechanical key for the keyfob is going to be a real project, but not necessary. Just use a $2 ordinary key and put it on the keyring.

    Let us know how it works out. My guess is that it will work just fine.
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    Interesting fix.

    If it doesn't work out, PM me.

    Safe trips,
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    Sfork New Member

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    Thanks Robh, that thread is originally where I got the idea from. The fob stays in the car with SKS disabled so that's no problem, the drivers just need to get in the car to access it.
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    Testing was inconclusive, the GenII is maybe 2-3 MM shorter. My particular GenII had a cylinder assembly with a slightly bent shaft.

    I could lock the door but not unlock it, this is probably due to a combination of bent shaft and being shorter. I was unable to tell if an unbent shaft would be long enough to both lock and unlock the door.
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    Well I found a cheaper blank at least the JMA Toyo 18p
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    I know OEM Gen3 blanks are expensive through the dealer, but you can find TOY51Ps for a lot less - even at the locksmith. Ebay blanks (TOY51P chi-clones) run from $4-$9, incl shipping.

    And I realize, unless you need a blank to fit the fob (which you don't,) a flat key alternative is preferred. FYI, the mini-flat blank that I modify costs me about $5 from the locksmith (the 30-45 minutes to modify it sucks however ;) )

    And the main point is - Dealer scam for blanks and cuts :jaw:

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