I know this thread is really old, but you wouldn't happen to still have this joyous little tulip looking lock would you? I tried one from an '05 Tacoma (the ones you can find all over the net PT276-34071) and it is really close to the shape, but the bottom and top curves are flat, making it useless to the '03 Tacoma.Memories! Funny thing, I bought a jack set on eBay last summer and it randomly had the spare key attached, after I disposed of this unit. I have a tulip shaped key now too if anybody needs.
I know this thread is really old, but you wouldn't happen to still have this joyous little tulip looking lock would you? I tried one from an '05 Tacoma (the ones you can find all over the net PT276-34071) and it is really close to the shape, but the bottom and top curves are flat, making it useless to the '03 Tacoma.
If you have the tool still, I am wondering if you would like to part with it. Let me know when you have a chance, if you even see this thread.
Thanks in advance,
Hey Whiskey - do you still have the hoist you removed? Interested in selling? Mine is rusted beyond use (and removal).I just purchased an 03 LX with the same spare tire lock and no key. I used a long ratcheting flex wrench to remove the top 4 bolts and release the hoist with tire attached. A bit of a bitch, but doable with the right tools. Works out okay for me anyway, as my spare tire was going on a Slee swing-out and I prefer to remove those hoists since they are real headbangers.
Crazy. I need to rotate tires on our 470, so I guess I will figure this out really quick this weekend!He he. That is funny. Porter you should RTFM, before you start hacking parts off your truck!
Did you search the truck for the wheel rim and spare keys, thoroughly? There are lots of little pockets in the Lexus, and the previous owner would have been an idiot not to have them in the vehicle.
I was able to use the Lexus arrangement, but it was a bit fiddly. Fortunately my spares now sit on the rear bumper, so I don't have to worry about it.
MORE IMPORTANTLY: You still have the cable type spare hanger. Here in Australia those were all recalled and replaced with a chain hanger, as there had been a few cases of cables breaking when the spare hit something, or because it came loose, causing crashes or serious damage under the rear of the vehicle. There may be a recall still active in North Carolina as well. Perhaps you could get a new cable hanger, and have the basic hook type connector installed at the same time.
Did you happen to take pictures of this? I've been in the same boat with no toolkit or key. Picked up the rods for the jack and spare and then realized I have the security spare mount. Allegedly the local Lexus dealer is competent, but I'm sure I'd pay for it.I then ground two welds off of the side of the tulip-shaped interface and it came off with some channel locks. Underneath it is a standard slotted interface.