Since the introduction of the transponder-based anti-theft system for the 1996 model year, more than 100 million vehicles have been produced for the North American market incorporating transponder technology. The majority of these vehicles are equipped with fixed and cryptographic transponders that can be cloned using specialized equipment.
The Jet Hardware Mfg. Corp. Smart Clone + Crypto is an automotive key transponder identifying and electronic duplicating machine. The Smart Clone + Crypto can detect, read and clone or program specific models of Phillips, Megamos, Temic, and Texas Instruments fixed value automotive transponders as well as the Texas Instruments Crypto chip. Weighing less than 2 pounds, Smart Clone is equipped with a 20-character, two-line liquid crystal display, an On/Off switch, “Write” and “Read” buttons, key slot, USB port and serial port. The Smart Clone + Crypto is powered by a 9-volt external power supply. The USB port and the serial port enable the Smart Clone to be updated and upgraded. The most recent version of the Smart Clone firmware is version 10.02.
Jet Hardware recently introduced the Jet Crypto Upgrade. When the Smart Clone is equipped with the Jet Crypto Upgrade, it can clone specific cryptographic transponder-equipped automotive keys. This upgrade increases the Smart Clone’s cloning ability to include specific automotive cryptographic transponders from Chrysler, Ford, Kia, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.
The Jet Crypto electronic (transponder) keys are two-part keys. One part is the blade with an attaching “U”-shaped mount. The second part is the SCH-2 head, which contains the electronic circuit board and a sealed long-life battery. These electronic keys do not contain a transponder. The circuit board mimics the operation of a transponder.
There are ten different keyway blades. Each blade is the operating portion of a key that is cut to the vehicle’s bitting in order to operate the mechanical lock mechanism.
The Jet cloning procedure for the cryptographic transponders is different from cloning fixed-value transponder equipped keys. The cryptographic transponder requires reading the customer’s key to determine the “incode,” a 26-digit number that appears on the Smart Clone display.
The “incode” is sent to the Crypto super computer via Internet capable personal computer or cellular telephone SMS (Short Message Service) text message. Within approximately two to ten minutes (depending upon method), the “outcode” is received. Using either a personal computer or the Smart Clone, the 26-character “outcode” is programmed into the electronic key. Once the “outcode” has been programmed into the compatible Jet transponder electronic key, the key is ready to be cut and used.
Note: Programming a crypto transponder equipped key using a personal computer is faster and easier than programming the same key using text messaging. However, not many locksmiths have Internet access in their service vehicles.
For this article, we will program a Chrysler Y160-PHT key using the Jet Y160-N-B blade and the SCH-2 head. The Smart Clone also can clone transponder keys including Chrysler original keys, A 1 Security Manufacturing Y160S-PT, Barnes (Curtis) C21424, Bianchi BY-160-PT, HATA Y160-HPT, Ilco Y160-PT, and STRATTEC 692325.