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08 Feb 2020 11:41 #218167 by Lambert
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Whatcha. My remote key frame has snapped. I am looking at either a direct swap or one of the cheaper flip keys. Has anyone swapped to a flip and if so was it worth the effort does it work well etc?

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09 Feb 2020 14:22 #218212 by Scimike
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Not done it myself, but I have looked at the cases on eBay for about £6.99 ish.
The feedback (on eBay) suggests they work but the case quality is not on the high side. I doubt this matters that much if it's a working vehicle, so on paper it looks like a good idea. Can't find any feedback on the durability of the case, but it's not expensive.

You could be the first to try the flip case on here, if you do interested in what you think of them.

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09 Feb 2020 18:42 #218235 by Lambert
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Yes I suspect you are right about the material quality and durability but having paid 6.35 for a flip and normal blade key I have options going forward that haven't broken the bank.

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16 Feb 2020 09:16 #218578 by Lambert
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Ok so I have now got my flip key in service and it is good. With one minor caveat, the new button rubber that is supplied with the blank is fractionally too deep to be used in the existing remote clamshell which is unfortunate for me as my button pad while functional is quite worn. Other than that the blank was easily indexed to be cut and the body seems to be suitably robust and clearance of the ignition is spot on. Very happy.

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20 Feb 2020 07:26 #218792 by Bosanek
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If you want a high quality key case, why not buy a used key from a dead Jimny from a vehicle junkyard, and swap over your key and electronics into that case?

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20 Feb 2020 07:32 #218793 by Lambert
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Because on mine at least the blade is bonded to the grayish centre structure of the body. And my blade was also worn by about half a millimetre on the serrated edge compared to the unused spare which amazed my locksmith that it was still functional.

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20 Feb 2020 09:01 - 20 Feb 2020 09:02 #218797 by facade
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Lambert wrote: my blade was also worn by about half a millimetre on the serrated edge compared to the unused spare which amazed my locksmith that it was still functional.


The lock wears grooves to match it, as the wear is gradual, the wafers stick up a fraction and rub the outer part of the lock, as the wear increases, they stick up more and wear it more.

So any key with a profile between the new and old will fit the now worn lock.

I'd share his amazement if the worn out key will open an unused lock- the passenger door or the boot maybe?

If it suddenly breaks, go back to the last thing that you did before it broke and start looking there :)
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18 Mar 2020 14:51 #220022 by Kingbob
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I got a flip key off ebay and swapped it over best thing I ever did
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18 Mar 2020 14:55 #220023 by Lambert
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Totally agree. Best modification this side of my recaro chairs.

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18 Mar 2020 15:02 #220024 by Kingbob
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It's nice knowing that the key won't bend in your pocket and you will beable to drive home my old standed key bent and I had a 4 mile walk home to get the spair and a 4 mile walk back in the rain haha

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