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Spare key for 5th Gen

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by ATXRunner, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. Jul 14, 2017 at 10:42 AM
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    ATXRunner

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    I'm looking for a spare that I can carry with me on my runs. I don't like carrying the remote key (a) because it's bulky and (b) because I sweat like a prostitute in church when I run. I only need something that will unlock the doors. Anybody have any experience getting a key cut that will do just that, or am I going to have pony up and drop the cash on a full-bore replacement key?
     
  2. Jul 14, 2017 at 10:45 AM
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    FerTheDiddly

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    Another option is find a magnetic box that has a lock and carry that key? Just stick it to your frame under your car.
     
  3. Jul 14, 2017 at 11:19 AM
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    Not a big fan of the magnets. Hoodlums pretty much know all the good hiding spots, and I'd have to advertise to the world that I'm keeping one under there when I crawled to get the key.
     
  4. Jul 14, 2017 at 11:20 AM
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    Fair points. Didn't think about it that way.
     
  5. Jul 14, 2017 at 1:27 PM
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    nimby

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    I don't have experience doing this with a 4Runner specifically, but I have had keys cut for other cars with FOBs and they work just fine at opening the doors.
     
  6. Jul 14, 2017 at 3:03 PM
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    Assholes call travel "overlanding"
    Yeah it'll work fine. It's a fairly standard blank.
     
  7. Jul 15, 2017 at 7:05 PM
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    As said above, standard blank no frills, no rubbery/plastic junk on it.

    Steve
     
  8. Jul 16, 2017 at 12:43 AM
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    Assholes call travel "overlanding"
    One option if you don't want to use a magnet - and granted, this is more for an emergency spare key than a key you would use regularly - is to cut a blank, drill a hole in the head, and place it under the frame or bumper cover using an existing hole, a bolt, a standard nut, and wing nut. This is more secure than a magnet, more stealthy, and the key can still be removed with no tools by spinning the wing nut.
     
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  9. Jul 16, 2017 at 5:55 AM
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    flieger45

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    How about one of these? I don't have any experience with it but it looks good. 550c5e785fe5e4d2fd36ff8c0c0cc11f_1a2f8fc23d2ab5b7eb864eb810d4ec80a27d4314.jpg
     
  10. Jul 16, 2017 at 2:37 PM
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    Mine came with 3 keys. Two normal keys that have the remote. And i did get one that was a normal key with nothing on it. You have to manually lock/unlock. And starts the truck.
    So maybe Toyota offers one precut already.
     
  11. Jul 17, 2017 at 5:59 AM
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    I was liking this idea a lot until I saw flieger45's post.

    Picked up the 4Runner off a used lot. It came with the remote key plus only one other key that I want to keep at the office as an emergency spare. I was under the impression that both keys had a chip that was necessary for the engine to crank, and I thought that chip might be needed for door locks too. But I'm going to try getting just a plain jane blank cut and see how that works.
     
  12. Jul 17, 2017 at 6:02 AM
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    This is a slick idea. Not cheap at $45 (Wally World). But slick nonetheless. Here's what the interwebs say about it:

    Secure keys, cards and valuables during outdoor activities that are a hassle or can become lost. It features all-metal construction and vault is self-secured inside the receiver. It easily allows you to set and change your own combination any time with 10,000 codes possible. It includes a heavy-duty rubber dust cover that conceals and protects. It is compatible with Toyota Tacoma 2005-current, and Tundra 2007-current require longer bolts.
    HitchSafe HS700 Key Vault:

    Converts Receiver into Concealed Vault!

    • The durable, all-metal HitchSafe converts receiver into a vault. Hitch pins are secured inside receiver via 2 sliding bars that can only be accessed with a 10,000 possible combinations drawer. HitchSafe secures keys, license, cash and credit cards. Great for active lifestyles where these can be stored during outdoor sports with no need to hassle with carrying or losing keys/cards. Combinated drawer is concealed/protected with an attractive dust cover.
    Great for outdoor activities where keys are a hassle or can become lost

    • HitchSafe can store spare keys that will always be there when needed most. It can also be utilized for sharing access with friends/family or special situations such as outdoor sports where carrying keys can be problematic and credit cards/cash left inside vehicle would otherwise run risk of being stolen.
    Secure, concealed key storage that will not fall off like magnetic key holders

    • Far superior solution to magnetic key holders that eventually fall off (they are never there when you need them!). If your magnetic key holder has not joined millions of them lying on roadside, you then have an open invitation for someone to steal your car because everyone knows where they are hidden! HitchSafe is contained within solid steel structure of hitch receiver via a combination where only you can access keys when needed.
    How to Use:
    • Pop off dust cover
    • Enter in 4-digit code
    • Release lever
    • Spring-loaded drawer comes forward
    • Show friends your cool, new key safe
    Inside the Box:
    • Vault that slides into receiver
    • 10,000 combination drawer
    • Dust cover
    • 2 Nickel Cadmium Bolts (interlock with sliding bars inside vault
    • 2 foam O-rings to seal bolts
    • 4 foam flange seals/spacers


    Most important feature:

    "Show friends your cool, new key safe"
     
  13. Jul 23, 2017 at 12:18 PM
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    I've had a Hitch Safe since the beginning of their 2nd Gen (I think about 5-8yrs ago). I use it on the Family MDX where we only use the hitch for a bike rack occasionally in the summer. I've kept a valet key, credit card, cash & copy of my ID their for years. Never gets wet (& we live in the PacNW & park outside). Nobody has ever removed the cover that I can tell. It doesn't look like anything at all to the casual observer. I have been very happy with ours as we take that car on multiple multi day vacations to remote parts of the NW. I don't use it on my rig as I have a shackle in the receiver of that vehicle.
     
  14. Aug 2, 2017 at 8:02 AM
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    If you are going to have a key cut for the door, do not use it in the ignition until you insure that it will not lock your system. On my Rubicon, if you used a key without the programed fob in the ignition it would lock everything up. Don't know if it is the same with the 4 Runner or not.

    I had a hid-a-key cut for the Rubicon, but made sure I didn't use it in the ignition, and if I used it to unlock the door it caused the alarm to go off.

    Bill
     
  15. Aug 2, 2017 at 1:48 PM
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    That's correct on my '02 Path & '09 MDX. I keep a cut key hidden in the under frame & then you can get in if you've locked your keys in or you could hide the 2nd full fx key inside the rig. You can go to Accessories with the cut key in my other vehicles. It only immobilizes it if you try to start the engine (in theory-I haven't tested it).
     
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    I have one of the hitch safes that I used on my Tacoma. I like it. Sticks out a bit far on the 4Runner. I wrapped a key in a pepper towel then put it in a sandwich baggie. It didn't rust, but it was only in there for about a year and a half. The only suggestion I have is to open it every month or so and get the dust out. I had trouble opening it once as it was left unused and a small pebble was lodged in there and I needed pliers to get it out. M
     
  17. Aug 12, 2017 at 8:22 PM
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    Just for clarity. My credit card, cash, key & photocopy of my license have just sat in the hitch safe (no baggie) for 80,000+ miles & ~6 years in the Pacific Northwest with nothing ever getting inside. With the end dust cap/cover & the foam o-rings on the bolts, nothing has ever gotten in there.
     
  18. Aug 13, 2017 at 5:16 AM
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    I've never seen any condensation in my setup. I tend to go for overkill so my setup seems to be just that - overkill.
     
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