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Copying the metal key

Discussion in 'Gen 4 Prius Accessories and Modifications' started by roadwarrior28, Sep 25, 2017.

  1. roadwarrior28

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    Can the metal key be taken to a hardware store type place and be copied with their machines? Anyone know what the easiest way to get an extra copy of the metal key (on a regular key) is?
     
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    Probably more of a specialist locksmith - they're called "Internal cut key" or "laser cut key" - I checked around here and didn't find a locksmith who did them. Unlike the old double-sided type, they're apparently a tighter tolerance too, so fudging one up yourself would possibly be difficult or impossible.
     
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    The key would also be of little use without a fob. It would just permit opening the front doors.
     
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    My first post!

    We can cut them in my shop. Not sure about the key blanks though as it is only cut on one side and therefore fairly thin.
     
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    Welcome to PriusChat!
    I hope you enjoy driving your Gen 4 Prius.
     
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    Or - locking the doors but leaving the car POWERed up. Not super secure, but it works for ducking into the corner store if you want the A/C to run while you're there.
     
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    You would remove the physical key from the fob first. You need a physical key to lock the doors in that situation.
     
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    I work as an Uber driver and appreciate the door locked/engine on feature to preserve cabin temperature. It's just a pain in the nice person to keep pulling the metal key out of the fob, so I was looking to get a copy so it could just be on my keychain.
     
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    i thought i read home depot, but not positive.
     
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    Perhaps search the threads of those who have bought additional fobs. I though I read most locksmiths could cut the key. I am not sure about blanks, though. That might be a dealer parts item, if it is available.
     
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    I would imagine the dealer has to be able to cut them.
     
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    Some fobs there have blank keys IIRC.
     
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    Normally "laser" cut keys are cut on both sides. The fob key is single sided. I suspect this would cause a problem for some machines, and blanks would likely not be readily available. I'm sure I could come up with one (or make one) if necessary.
     
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    Made a key blank today. Haven’t cut it because the machine I want to use is in one of our other shops.

    Maybe this weekend.
     
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    @Locksmith, please let us know how it works out!
     
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    Well, I didn't get there! I have a week at work and then I'm off on vacation for 2. It isn't looking promising at the moment.
     
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    Ok, first day of my 2 week vacation and I go to work! Had to pick up an expense cheque, so it was worth it.

    I took my manufactured keyblank (from a safe deposit box blank) and cut it on one of our laser key machines. Works like a charm!

    Not sure if the picture is showing, so I inserted a link to the picture as well.

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    https://1drv.ms/i/s!Aq6OwnuXHY4KgYMIW-mHPfUVNwDQ_w
     
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    Here is the photo.

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    So, what did I do wrong in posting the picture?