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Old February 2nd, 2012, 07:05 PM
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Locked out of SW.....

I'm an idiot and locked my key in the D. Does the wire hangar trick work or am I going to have to break a window?
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 07:43 PM
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Call AAA, they have this slick little airbag that will open the door just enough for the guy to get a device through to hit the switch and unlock it.
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 07:57 PM
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Well, I got in. Let's just say its scary easy. Stout metal lock boxes shouldn't be just for Soft tops....
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 08:06 PM
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I use the wire hanger all the time.
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 08:14 PM
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My ST 90 door key worked in my SW, and two of my buddies 90's. Sam, if it happens again, I will mail you my key to use and send back.
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 08:29 PM
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Thanks for the offer Scott. I'm going to get off my butt and get a few spares made and wire them to the truck. I went for a run with just the lock key, put it in the console after the run, and then shut all the doors when I got home. Im going to have to find the little stubby key somewhere first.

And this could be the easiest vehicle I've ever opened with a wire hanger. Not that I expected anything else really.
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 08:55 PM
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Great suggestion! Where should I locate it? In the battery box? I doubt most people realize where they are located...
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 08:57 PM
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I swear its impossible to lock yourself out of a Defender.
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 09:12 PM
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Most people I give the key too cant figure out how to start it.
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 09:25 PM
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Forgot about the battery disconnect. I'll have to add that to the battery box makeover list. And I like the idea about the fuel pump disconnect, though if someone really wanted the truck, theyd find a way to take it.

My great grandad wired a shotgun to the door of his prohibition era still to "discourage" trespassers. Wish I could do the same to the truck. .
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 09:59 PM
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My great grandad wired a shotgun to the door of his prohibition era still to "discourage" trespassers. Wish I could do the same to the truck. .
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 10:04 PM
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Nah, just an old timer gold miner/rancher/mayor/sheriff/bootlegger in central Idaho. All at the same time......
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 10:43 PM
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It's dead easy to open most car doors with a coat hanger. Also, I can't lock my 90 without the key.
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 11:00 PM
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If you didn't have a 97' I'd say you already have a damn good urban theft deterrent... A clutch and MT.

I locked my keys in, and realized I'd left the sunroof cracked. Turn the wheel all the way open, flip the little retainer, pop out the glass, and got to slide in through the sunroof like a tartan Bo Duke.
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Old February 3rd, 2012, 10:12 AM
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Also, I can't lock my 90 without the key.
I can't either.
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Old February 3rd, 2012, 10:25 AM
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I can't either.
Me too!
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Old February 3rd, 2012, 10:27 AM
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If you didn't have a 97' I'd say you already have a damn good urban theft deterrent... A clutch and MT.
Its sorta funny and sad how many times this is actually the case. Those pesky three pedals.

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Old February 3rd, 2012, 10:42 AM
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my theft plan is to splice the fuel shutoff solenoid with an extension and run it through a toggle switch mounted inside my tuffybox. then they either have to rewire the solenoid or break into the tuffy box to get away with the vehicle. ignition won't do a damn bit of good for them. that is of course, if they make it past the factory battery cutoff on NAS110's. Suck that hoody!
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Old February 3rd, 2012, 11:01 AM
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When I was in "Queens" I was talking to a guy at a beer garden, he told me the best way to protect a Defender was to park it yourself where it can not be picked up with a flat bed. They just lube the wheels and tow it up and it is gone.... They figure out how to get it running inside the chop shop..
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Old February 3rd, 2012, 11:40 AM
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I can't lock mine without the key.
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I can't either.
Here's how to lock it (the '97's anyway) without using the key. With the door open (duhh), Put downward pressure on the lock button, then pull outward on the interior door opener handle (latch) to it's maximum. Suddenly, let go of the latch while pushing down on the button, the lock button goes down. It gets easier with practice.

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I swear its impossible to lock yourself out of a Defender.
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I'm an idiot and locked my key in the D. Does the wire hangar trick work or am I going to have to break a window?
IF you have sliding rear windows, take a "yard stick" (metal ones work best) slide it in between the windows horizontally, push on the window catch until it's compressed, take your other hand and slide the movable window towards the rear, reach in & push the door button up, you're in.
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