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Old 04-15-2019, 11:58 AM   #11
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Default Re: DIY Cloned Keys - Clone and Cutting Machines

We had two keys made locally for $65 each. However the blank material is not as strong as the OEM key. Are steel blanks available?
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Old 04-15-2019, 03:15 PM   #12
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Default Re: DIY Cloned Keys - Clone and Cutting Machines

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... However the blank material is not as strong as the OEM key. Are steel blanks available?
Steel key blanks are available, but most locksmiths won't cut them because they are hard on the cutting wheels. The OEM steel keys are known to crack, so they aren't ideal either.

I agree that many of the replacement keys with chip holder are generally flimsy.

If you don't need the chip holder style key I find that the Ilco MB17 blanks are quite stout.

After using a lighter duty replacement key I went back to my Redneck MB17 Key that is sistered to the OEM head. Works great. It really doesn't look bad. If the key does break, a new key can easily be screwed on.

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https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...692#post155692

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