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Reese Locking Hitch

Discussion in 'Towing' started by black98, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. Jun 29, 2009 at 5:09 PM
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    black98

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    I bought my taco about a month ago and it came with a Reese key locking hitch on it. Unfortunately, the seller did not have the key that goes with it. I sent Reese an email, to which they actually responded saying they could not help me or send me a replacement key without having the key number or something. What can I do, short of sawing of the little metal dowel there? It is not really posing a problem right now, other than the aesthetics of the truck, but it would be nice to be able to remove the hitch. Although, it's also nice to know I have a little extra protection in case someone rear ends me.

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  2. Jun 29, 2009 at 5:13 PM
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    Sawzall or a torch seems to be the fix for your problem...
     
  3. Jun 29, 2009 at 5:16 PM
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    See if the guys at your local firehouse want to give their 'jaws of life' an outing.
     
  4. Jun 29, 2009 at 5:19 PM
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    you may have a hard time cutting with a saw of any sort because it's hardened steel. it will just ruin the blade. use a grinder or torch.
     
  5. Jun 29, 2009 at 5:46 PM
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    i had one of those exact locks on my T-100. sounded like a good idea until i actually needed to remove it. i had a key for mine, but the rust had formed an impenetrable seal on the lock. never did get it off...sold it still rusted in place...keys in glovebox. die grinder w/cutoff wheel, or a couple good bi-metal sawzall blades should do it.
     
  6. Jun 29, 2009 at 8:37 PM
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    Thanks guys, wish there was a way to just find an extra key...
     
  7. Jun 29, 2009 at 8:41 PM
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    Talk to a lock smith?
     
  8. Jun 29, 2009 at 9:03 PM
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    No, but it is an option, hopefully it won't get to that, are locksmith services expensive?
     
  9. Jun 30, 2009 at 3:14 AM
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    they cost more than a new hitch lock, i bet.
     
  10. Jun 30, 2009 at 3:19 AM
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    usually locksmiths do automotive key molds for something around 50 dollars
     
  11. Jun 30, 2009 at 8:03 AM
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    Sounds like that puppy's gotta go.
     
  12. Jun 30, 2009 at 9:58 AM
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    Grind it off and buy a new one for $20 at Wal-Mart.
     
  13. Jun 30, 2009 at 6:55 PM
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    To bad you don't live near Chris, not only would this lock be history, we would have a great story to pass around. :D
     
  14. Jul 10, 2009 at 5:03 PM
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    The fastest way I can think of is to visit your freindly body shop or metal shop that has a plasma or other gas cutting device and have them lob it off for $10.00, might be less. Of course you would loose your pin holding in the ball mount, something you would probably need to replace anyway.

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  15. Jul 10, 2009 at 5:07 PM
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    yea i'd say just cut it off and buy a new one. there pretty inexpensive anyways. i would use a grinder with cutoff wheel, torch or plasma for sure.
     
  16. Dec 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM
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    You can cut it off but when I lost mine I went to Walmart and they allowed me to try several of the keys there. Eventually one worked. Took about 15 minutes.
     
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