To determine if the profit margin was reasonable, he then determined the costs of his key blanks. The price of a Kwikset and Schlage key blank divided by the selling price of a duplicate key from his competitors worked out to be approximately 4.5 times increase.
He then applied this to his cost for each key blank above the cost of the KW1 or SC1 price. If his price for a key blank is $1, the customer will pay approximately $4.50. Every time he orders key blanks, he changes the pricing accordingly.
Important: Remember that most key cutters and non-locksmiths will not have the more expensive, limited market key blanks.
Jet iClone Introduced
Jet Hardware has introduced their iClone (Intelli-Clone) technology that is designed to clone Texas Instruments Fixed and Encrypted, and Philips Crypto 46 automotive transponder equipped keys. The Jet iClone provides the choice of using circuit board equipped electronics or a clonable transponder chip within a removable chip holder.
Jet offers more than twenty different blades that can be equipped with three different transponders.
For more information, contact your local locksmith wholesaler or Jet Hardware Mfg., Telephone: 855-COOL-KEYS (855-2665-5397).
Originating Honda/Acura Keys
When you obtain a key code from the Vehicle Identification Number using a service, the service provides the ten depths of cut for the five wafer tumblers. Depending upon the year, make, model and lock type of the high security locks using the K001-K999, L001-L999, M001-M999 and N001-N718, the wafer tumbler configurations vary. For many of the ignition locks, there may or may not be an addition half wafer.
For those ignition locks with a half wafer, the starting depth of cut from the blade is critical. From the introduction of the high security locks in the Acura and Honda, the cut in for the "A" and "B" sides of the key went from .352" to .241". A change occurred between somewhere around the 2006 and 2007 model year to .270". If the lock is equipped with the additional half wafer, this dimension must be correct or the ignition lock will not operate. The door and any other lock will probably operate.
This can be a problem when you are in a lost key situation and are not able to have a key to determine the basic configuration of the cuts.
If the key does not operate the ignition and operates the doors, etc., try cutting a second key with the shallower depth.
Remember: The blade on all four surfaces must be cut to a minimum depth of a number one cut. If not, the key will not enter into the keyway of the lock.
Car-Opening Techniques: 2005-12 Nissan Pathfinder
This month we will offer recommended car-opening techniques for the 2005-12 Nissan Pathfinder. The Pathfinder is equipped with bicycle style cables that prevent unlocking the vehicle using in the door tools. Note: The front door methods can be used on the Nissan Frontier pickup trucks in order to gain access.
Note: The passenger door power door lock control can be turned off. When attacking the power door lock control, use the driver’s door to gain entry.
The following opening methods can be used to unlock the 2005-12 Nissan Pathfinder:
Use the High Tech Tools Long Inside Access 89 Tool and a wedge to unlock the front passenger door locking mechanism. Insert the wedge as far forward as possible. Insert the #89 car opening tool into the door cavity with the tip facing forward. Lower the tool and rotate when it is beneath the bottom of the window glass. Remove the wedge. Carefully raise the car-opening tool into the passenger compartment. Manipulate the tool until the tip is positioned in front of the manual or electric door lock button. Push the button to unlock the locking mechanism.
Use the Pro-Lok AO-35 MCOT Wide Tool and an inflatable wedge to unlock the rear passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the inflatable wedge five inches from the rear edge of the split window divider of the rear passenger door window. Inflate the wedge according to manufacturer’s instructions. Insert the hooked end of the AO-35 tool into the door cavity at six inches from the front edge of the window glass with the tip facing forward. Lower the AO-35 twelve inches. Rotate the tool Rotate the tool beneath the bottom of the window glass. Deflate the wedge. Lift the tool gradually until the tip is within the passenger compartment. Rotate the tool 80 degrees counterclockwise and position the tip against the manual lock-unlock button. Push the button rearward to unlock the door locking mechanism. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for warnings and removal of the tool.