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AJT Designs Key Fob

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by letsgodenn, Oct 6, 2020.

  1. Oct 6, 2020 at 9:32 PM
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    anyone out there buy the key fob for their 5th gen?

    wondering how difficult it was to remove the transponder in the key and any tips is appreciated
     
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  2. Oct 7, 2020 at 6:08 AM
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    I swapped mine out last night. To open your factory fob, simply stick your stock valet key into the horizontal slot in the cavity (after you remove it) and twist the stock fob apart. Don't forget to transfer the rubber gasket/liner from the stock fob over your new AJT, or the transponder will rattle.

    The AJT plastic was a little cheaper feeling than I had hoped for, but it's an improvement over the factory fob. The valet key button/spring action isn't as good as the factory fob and could probably be improved in the design.
     
  3. Oct 7, 2020 at 10:48 AM
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    I also have a couple of AJT key fobs and agree, they feel really cheap. After installing one of them, I went back to the factory key fob and threw a rubber skin on it.
     
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  4. Oct 7, 2020 at 10:52 AM
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    My 13-year-old son said "that's plastic", and asked me how much I'd paid for it. When I told him, both he and my 11-year-old made fun of me. Go figure.
     
  5. Oct 7, 2020 at 11:17 AM
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    That's funny, sounds like my kids. Thanks for the info also, was thinking about ordering but not sure now. I do like their shift knobs. Anyone have those?
     
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  6. Oct 7, 2020 at 12:05 PM
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    My AJT fob is solid not sure how it feels cheap.

    No flex nothing in mine.

    I did buy it 2 years ago when you could get TRD on it so not sure if that makes a difference.
     
  7. Oct 7, 2020 at 1:09 PM
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    Maybe quality has gone down. For 30 bucks I was expecting something a little more sturdy. No flex, but just seems very light. Looks cool tho.

    7DF27AB7-607B-4BA8-BA3E-EE6F15D67ADD.jpg
     
  8. Oct 7, 2020 at 1:16 PM
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    How does sturdy and lightweight make it feel cheap? Things get lighter and lighter while maintaining strength now days.
     
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    My carbon bikes are light and sturdy, so thanks, I understand that. The AJT fob feels like it will break if I drop it on concrete. The spring design on the valet release is extremely poor.

    Go ahead and get one and you can decide. I was sharing my opinion on a $30 product.
     
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    It’s the same reason Beats headphones add metal weights inside without any functionality, right or wrong, heft gives the impression of solid build quality.
     
  12. Oct 7, 2020 at 3:52 PM
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    I have one thats why I disagree.

    And I've dropped it a million times.


    So you want a 1lb key fob? I think beats add it more for function. Tons of people including my self use them at the gym and while active. I've had ones that don't weigh anything and they don't stay on your head.
     
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  13. Oct 7, 2020 at 4:33 PM
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    what's the advantage of a fob over the key that already has the functionality? just curious
     
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    Nothing just looks "cooler"
     
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    Answering the question you asked means I want to have a 1lb key fob? You’re gonna pull a muscle trying to reach like that.
     
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    Damn i better be careful then.
     
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    good enough fer me
     
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    I am married now but always wonder if I had a cooler key fob back in the day if things would be different?

    the only person who cares about your key fob is you You spend your $$$ as you want.
     
  20. Oct 8, 2020 at 7:30 PM
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    I wish they still made these for the runner. My AJT doesn’t support the removable key.
     
  21. Oct 9, 2020 at 7:12 AM
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    Does anyone have a break down of how it should be swapped out I’m not tech savvy so I childs menu is needed
    J
     
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    They do. I just got one. image.jpg
     
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    You pretty much transfer everything inside the factory key to the AJT. It can only go in one way.

    The only pain in the ass part is cutting out the little chip since its glued in. Just take your time and don't pry.

    https://www.ajtdesign-llc.com/instructions
     
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    what make a model? i have 2016 limited. i think you have a 2020 smart key 4runner. there's both smart keys but different.
     
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  25. Oct 9, 2020 at 3:57 PM
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    Yes mines a 2020. If you check his site under the Tacoma’s is where he linked me to for mine. Post a pic of your key and I’ll try and help you find one
     
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    Mine is a limited and the fob looks exactly like this top left.

    https://www.ajtdesign-llc.com/

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    I’ll attempt to attack it this weekend it’s just seems unnatural to break up a perfectly good key lol
    J
     
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  28. Oct 10, 2020 at 6:25 AM
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    Email him to make sure but when I ordered mine I couldn’t find the ones that held the valet key either and he sent me this link. https://www.ajtdesign-llc.com/online-store/Injection-Fob-V1-2016-Tacoma-BLACK-p129448603

    I’m
    betting it’s the same fob for yours he has two options for the smart key one that holds the key and one that doesn’t. You may just have to buy the buttons from him as well. I bet the boards are laid out the same
     
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  29. Oct 10, 2020 at 1:38 PM
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    I was told the internals from limited 2016 fob will not fit this case. :-(
     
  30. Oct 16, 2020 at 1:19 PM
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    Ok I accomplished this BUT not without a trip to the emergency room to get 10 stitches lol
    the video is good but after coming back from the clinic to finish without use of 1 finger I used a set of needle nose pliers and wire snipers made it easier to hold and cut out transponder and key
    The kickback on a small key no grip results in medic care lesson learned razor blades are real sharp
    J
     
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