Assembling the key blade and transponder head
Main menu screen
Mix and match parts
Jet’s new iCLONE machine is designed to program most existing transponder systems while having the ability to be upgraded as new electronics evolve. Jet Hardware literature explains that the iCLONE was developed “to cater for future developments with ever expanding technology of transponders within automotive vehicle systems... Once the main unit is purchased, the functionality can be expanded by adding additional software.”
Transponder security for North American vehicles began with Ford during the 1996 model year. For the 2012 model year, those new vehicles that are not equipped with a transponder based engine immobilizer system are rare.
Over the years, a handful of companies have furnished the original transponders for vehicles. These companies include Temic, Megamos, Motorola, Philips and Texas Instruments. The Jet iCLONE transponder programmer is equipped to clone the majority of existing vehicles equipped with transponder systems.
Transponder types can be generally divided into two categories, fixed code and encrypted. The vehicles’ make, model and year usually identify the manufacturer and the type of transponder. Jet Hardware has a full line of transponder-equipped key blanks including those with non-clonable and clonable transponders.
Jet Hardware offers non-clonable transponder equipped key blank part numbers that end with “-PHT”, indicating Plastic Head Transponder. Clonable transponder equipped key blanks whose part number ends with “-N-PHT”. These standard one- and two-piece construction key blanks are used for operating most fixed code and encrypted transponder systems. Examples would be B107-N-PHT or the Y160-N-PHT.
Jet Hardware also offers two-piece iCLONE transponder-equipped key blanks with removable heads. While many vehicles continue to use the same keyway, the electronics have been changed to increase the security level over the years. The iCLONE two-piece key blanks allow locksmiths to mix and match Jet key blades with different removable electronic heads and transponders as needed. This mix and match option keeps inventory down while enabling the largest number of applications. Jet two-piece iCLONE key blanks are used to operate Texas Instruments fixed code and encrypted, and the Philips encrypted (Crypto 46) transponders. An example of the new transponder equipped iCLONE key blank is the FT70-ETK-N. The FT70-ETK-N is for the new Fiat 500.
The Jet iCLONE machine includes a PC software program. While many functions can be completed by using the iCLONE as a standalone by following the instructions on the LED screen, some cloning functions do require the Jet software. The LED main menu screen displays: 1. Identification, 2, Copy, 3, Write Code, 4, Special Function, 5, Test & 6, Setting. A keyboard on the iCLONE contains numbers 1-0, letters A-F & X, up/down arrow keys and a ‘next’ arrow key.
Most vehicle manufacturers have experimented with many different chips and used several different chip manufacturers depending on the car model and year. A transponder catalog is included in the iCLONE software. Transponder types are displayed by year and model.
IDENTIFICATION: With the arrow marker aligned at ‘Identification’ on the iCLONE LED screen, place an owner’s key into the reading area. The owner’s key will be quickly identified, showing the electronics encoding, the chip type, and most importantly, whether the key can be cloned.
Fixed code transponders such as types 11,12,13, & T5 can be cloned by first aligning the indicator at ‘COPY’ on the LED screen. Place the operating key into the reading area, then press the ‘next’ button on the keypad. Remove the original key and press the ‘next’ button. The LED screen will indicate what type of transponder to use. Insert the correct transponder key into the reading/writing area and press the ‘next’ button. In a few moments, the LED screen will display “successful”.
Operating keys containing the Texas Instruments 4C fixed code transponder can be programmed in the same manner. Once the operating key has been read, the screen will display the transponder choices that can be programmed (example: Jet C1 or Jet SCH1). Assemble the required Jet key blade, transponder and key head together and insert the 2-part key into the reading/writing area. Follow the LED instructions for completing transponder programming. “Successful” will be displayed when the transponder has been copied.
Vehicles using the Philips Crypto transponders require a Jet pre-coded 99 transponder chip. Align the indicator at ‘COPY’ on the LED screen. Place the original key into the reading area, then press the ‘next’ button on the keypad. Remove the operating key and press the ‘next’ button. Insert the correct transponder key into the reading/writing area and press the ‘next’ button. In a few moments the LED screen will display “successful”.
Vehicles using Philips ID46 Crypto 2 transponders require using the PC software and require an Internet connection when cloning. Philips ID46 transponders are most notably used in various Mitsubishi, Honda, Hyundai plus some Chrysler and Jeep models.
Begin by selecting the “Main Menu” tab on the computer screen. Place the original key in the reading area and click “READ”. Remove the original key and insert a Jet C3 transponder into the reading area, then click “WRITE”. Next click “CONNECT”. Both the “READ” and “WRITE” buttons will become active. Insert the original key into the reading area and click “READ”. Insert the Jet C3 transponder into the reading area and click “WRITE”. The computer screen will display “Success Go to Car”.
A required “sniffing” procedure must be correctly followed. Tape the programmed Jet C3 transponder to the head of the original key. Insert the original key containing the taped C3 into the ignition cylinder and turn the ignition “ON” for 5 seconds. Turn the ignition “OFF” and remove the key from the ignition. Within 5 seconds of each cycle, repeat the “ON”/”OFF” procedure a total of 5 times. If the sniffing procedure is not followed exactly, the vehicle ECU may become locked. In that case, the vehicle battery must be disconnected for 20 minutes in order to unlock the ECU.
The next step is to return to the iCLONE and click “CONNECT”. Insert the ‘sniffed” Jet C3 transponder into the reading area and click “READ”. Next, keep the Jet C3 transponder in the reading area and click “WRITE”. The status bar on the computer screen will display “Success” when the programming is completed. Finally, insert the original key into the reading area and click “WRITE”. Next, insert the “sniffed” Jet C3 into the reading area of the iCLONE and click “WRITE”. When finished correctly, “SUCCESS” will again be displayed on the screen.
Vehicles using Texas Instruments encrypted transponders also require using the PC software and an Internet connection when cloning. These TI transponders can be cloned using either Jet C2 or jet SCH-3/4 transponder heads. Begin by inserting the original key into the reading area and click ‘READ’. Transponder information will then be displayed. Two options will be displayed for either the Jet C2 or SCH-3/4 transponders.
When the using the Jet C2 transponder, place the C2 chip into the reading area and click the ‘WRITE’ button. The status bar will indicate when the copy procedure was successful.
When using the Jet SCH-3/4 transponder, an Internet connection is required. Several minutes may be required for Internet calculations to be completed. When the calculations are completed, instructions will be displayed to insert the SCH-3/4 key into the reading area. Then click ‘WRITE’. The status bar will indicate when the copy procedure was successful.
Important: At this time, the Texas Instruments 80-bit encrypted transponder cannot be cloned.
In addition to cloning the complete line of Jet transponder chips, Jet Hardware reports that JMA chips and Bianchi TK24/TK40 chips can be cloned with the iCLONE machine. Ilco/Silca electronic keys cannot be cloned using the standard configured iCLONE.
SPECIAL FUNCTIONS: Pin code generation, 48 unlock, random code generation, crypto generation and blank ID46 generation add to the usefulness of the Jet iCLONE. Some special functions may require additional hardware.
The Jet iCLONE can also operate with EEProm readers sold by other manufacturers. Procedures for overseas models such as Renault and motorcycle models such as Yamaha and Gilera are also included. If these models come to North America, the iCLONE will be ready.
For further information, contact your local distributor or visit www.jetkeys.com and download their free listing of transponder key blanks plus a full listing of vehicle models supported by the Jet transponder key program.