Not sure if you guys are aware of this...

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but some keys are interchangeable! The keys from my 89 work in my 88's doors and ignition. The 88s keys work in the 89s doors but not the ignition. Thank god cruiser folk aren't theives! Anyone else experience this with the 60/62s?
 

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I think Toyota only cut so many key configurations, as well as the lock cylinders on the older more heavily used vehicles wearing out.
 
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I used to have a 1981 Toy truck. They keys from my friends FJ40 would work in the ingnition and door. My keyt would work in his door, but not ignition.

My cruiser key works on his FJ....

I think the above post is right. Once they mechinism gets worn, other keys will start to work. And yes, I also agree, good thing cruiser folks aren't thiefs.

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lots of old toyotas are like this. my friend had a camry that you could start with anything. it got stolen
 
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I rented a red Grand Am while on vacation. I walked out of a store, unlocked the car door, got inside and realized it wasn't my car, but a different red Grand Am!
 

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I have a 79'FJ40, a 74'FJ55 and an 87'FJ60, and not one of the keys will work on any of the others.

On a side note, my ignition key on the 60 was getting a little fussy to start it. You had to push it in, then pull it out a little, then wiggle and twist it (begin porno music now). I had a duplicate key made from the original at Home Depot. They have a key cutter that is all electronic. The guy just puts the two keys in and the computer does the work. Now with the new key, no more wiggly jiggly.

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I freaked out a couple weeks ago because I swore somebody moved my cruiser to a different parking spot. My roomate said I was crazy and no one believed me. I sware it was moved. My damn roomate told me he moved it with his fj40 key. That peice of s***. I thought I was going crazy.
 

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Hildy said:
but some keys are interchangeable! The keys from my 89 work in my 88's doors and ignition. The 88s keys work in the 89s doors but not the ignition. Thank god cruiser folk aren't theives! Anyone else experience this with the 60/62s?
This is true of any make of car. Depending on the lock configuration, there can be less than a hundred different keys for a manufacturer. :eek:

Now that you know that, you can get all those old car keys out of your dresser drawer and wander the mall parking lot.
We're goin' fishing :D
 

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I beleive(was told by my long time Toyota parts guy) that there was something like 34 different Toyota keys in the 80's, which makes them easy to steal(like our stoeln 88 fj62). I can get into most my 80's stuff with my other keys, one will start with an other key. When we looked at the mustard 82 fj40, the seller was late, when he got there we were in it........used the key from the green 82 fj40 :)
 

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When I recovered my stolen FJ60, none of the windows or locks nor the ignition were broken. One of the cops told me you can go downtown and buy all kinds of Toyota keys on the street.

Now I have a "removable" kill switch. When I pull a plug out of the dash, it breaks the ignition circuit. I clip the plug to my keyring and take it with me.
 
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FJ40Jim said:
This is true of any make of car. Depending on the lock configuration, there can be less than a hundred different keys for a manufacturer.
I found this out back when I was fighting fires for the forest service. Took the fire engine (built on a Ford F350 chasis) out for a spin one day. Half way to BFE I looked down and saw an alarm remote dangling from the key chain. My first thought was "when (and why) did they put an alarm on the engine?", then I realized they were the keys to my Mustang. :doh:
Worked out good after that 'cause I could use the same set of keys to drive my personal and work vehicles!!!
 

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the plug is a great idea :)

I HIGHLY recomend LoJack...........all mine are LoJacked......I sleep much better.


JDay said:
When I recovered my stolen FJ60, none of the windows or locks nor the ignition were broken. One of the cops told me you can go downtown and buy all kinds of Toyota keys on the street.

Now I have a "removable" kill switch. When I pull a plug out of the dash, it breaks the ignition circuit. I clip the plug to my keyring and take it with me.
 

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ah....yeah.....all my vehicles are lojacked as well...so anyone reading this - it would be a futile exercise to steal any of mine.

The only one that isn't, is my 55. But right now, it doesn't have a steering box. It really is an excellent way to prevent theft :grinpimp:

It really isn't that uncommon that other keys fit....one of my friends in college had a ford ranger and his keys fit in my ranger.

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I climbed into MY 60 with MY 60 key, and the damn thing wouldn't turn. No matter how much jiggling I gave it.

Luckily I had a spare in the house. Looked at the keys next to eachother... The original key was so worn it must have been missing some of the cylinders in the ignition lock. Still works in the doors, so I'm keeping it at work in case I lock my keys inside.
 

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dealer may be aboe(by VIN) to make you a new key from the key code, if not take your good key and have a spare made before it wears down/

84Bruiser said:
I climbed into MY 60 with MY 60 key, and the damn thing wouldn't turn. No matter how much jiggling I gave it.

Luckily I had a spare in the house. Looked at the keys next to eachother... The original key was so worn it must have been missing some of the cylinders in the ignition lock. Still works in the doors, so I'm keeping it at work in case I lock my keys inside.
 
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SAABs are worse

Make you feel any better when I worked for a SAAB guy back in the late 1980s we had one of about 6 keys that would work on almost any 900 ignition.
 

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seen it with Fords, a guy at work asked to borrow anothers truck, the guy takes the keys and goes. Me and the truck owner go to lunch and he sees his truck in the lot. Thought it was strange but not not a big deal. Couple hours later the guy comes back and it turns out he took the wrong truck. Moved what he had to move and put the truck back in the lot in a different space. Bet the owner was confused.
 
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