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Driver Door handle swap with Rear handle

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by FL4x4Taco, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. Jun 10, 2009 at 4:12 PM
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    FL4x4Taco

    FL4x4Taco [OP] Well-Known Member

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    How popular/easy is it to break into these trucks Via a screw driver in the door key hole? For some reason on my previous truck, Ford Super Duty, those things were magnets for getting hit like that including mine. And when they do that it shuts off the factory "alarm". So what a lot of us did was use a LR exterior door handle from a Crew cab and swap it out with the LF driver's keyed handle. Perfect match. same handle minus the key hole & cylinder. Then you proceed to remove the linkage arm that goes from the cylinder to the lock. Slap it back together, boom... screwdriver proof truck. Is that something we can do on ours? my '09 only has a key on the drivers handle. Which seems to look the same as the LR double cab handle... so I'm thinking..... debating, figured I'd ask. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Jun 10, 2009 at 4:18 PM
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    get a gun
     
  3. Jun 10, 2009 at 4:30 PM
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    Already have a safe full of them. I can't quit my job to watch my truck though dude. After the break-in I used a club, swapped the door handle out, installed Jimmi-Jammers, and a Viper 5900 paging alarm. Pretty much all I could do dude. I use the club on my Tacoma now, just don't have a aftermarket alarm or swapped door handle. I like the new Viper 5901, updated version of my old alarm. Budgeting for it... and waiting for it to really hit the market.
     
  4. Jun 10, 2009 at 4:35 PM
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    i was just messing around but those viper alarms seem pretty beast to me, but we have insurence so...
     
  5. Jun 10, 2009 at 5:09 PM
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    FL4x4Taco

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    I've had Vipers on 2 of my previous cars. LOVE them when properly installed and adjusted. From what I've researched after I got my F250 broke into... 2x's... was to try and make it as hard as possible. Theifs are lazy. Make it hard, so they move onto the next one. Having to smash a window, saw through a club and disable a top of the line Viper starter kill. OR- use a screw driver on another stock truck and be done in 3 seconds driving down the road.
     
  6. Jun 10, 2009 at 5:11 PM
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    haha is a club thing the thing you put in your steering wheel?
     
  7. Jun 10, 2009 at 5:31 PM
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    yup. It does it's job.... takes them longer to steal. It's all about TIME & EFFORT. Cops told me to get one when my Ford was busted into. I bought the top of the line Club brand. I think it really does help... not many people use them. So theifs probly don't carry a hack saw and an extra 5-10 minutes. One extra step between them stealing my truck, and not.
     
  8. Jun 10, 2009 at 5:34 PM
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    idk im a pretty lazy dude so im not going to wory about it, imo i dont think there are that many guys who actualy steel cars, they just steal the shit in em'
     
  9. Jun 10, 2009 at 6:13 PM
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    I have your answer but it will require a little research on your part.

    I ordered a color-matched door handle kit for my Double-cab a few years ago, and in one of the packages I got the wrong part.

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    The dark colored part belongs to another model toyota, but will bolt right in where the lock tumbler goes. I tried it, and it works, but obviously had to order the correct part.

    So you aren't confused, the Silver Streak colored part is for the rear door, and attaches differently.

    I imagine with minimal cost and a quick paint job you could eliminate your front lock tumblers.

    Marc M
     
  10. Jun 10, 2009 at 10:22 PM
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    I want to buy that part. I would love to remove my key hole, or at least put a plug in there. My mercedes had black plugs to cover the key holes.
     
  11. Jun 10, 2009 at 10:32 PM
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    What happens when your battery dies and you can't unlock your truck?
     
  12. Jun 10, 2009 at 11:00 PM
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    i like what you said about how fords are easy to break into.. super duty right?

    i posted this before but this can help prove your point.
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  14. Jun 11, 2009 at 4:11 AM
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    not sure I get the whole hot dog thing... but yes a Super Duty. I can drive down the road and ride up along a excursion or SD and see their key holes have been hit. I've passed a few on the hwy I noticed.
     
  15. Jun 11, 2009 at 4:37 AM
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    I don't have keyless entry so I'm clubbin it & also have the bulletproof, freonproof, sawproof, pickproof autolock thing that goes on clutch pedal in my truck or on the brake pedal in my car. In the truck, you no press clutch you no start vehicle. In the car which has starter kill alarm, you no press brake you no get gear out of park. With both club & pedal lock I feel the vehicle will still be where I left it. Might have to replace a window or somethin but not the whole ride. Insurance won't cover mods but will cover glass & oem stereos & other factory parts.
     
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