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Got busy Sunday while waiting for football: decided to do MC's "Key Mod" first. Hardest part was finding the proper size spray cap. Had a black one that fit, same size as on top of WD-40, but not deep enough or large enough diameter to suit me. Wanted to cover up the entire ignition area including the light ring around it (hoping to not draw attention to the key area). Finally settled on a Listerine bottle cap. Still not quite big enough to cover the light ring, but deep enough to get flush w/ the key hole. Used J-B Stick Weld. Didn't know how much to use so I kept adding to it. Stuff almost set up too quickly. Ended up using about 2/3 of a stick. Put a 1 1/4" screw through the key's hole as MC suggested to give it something to torque against. Shoved that key and screw into the J-B Weld and put it in the ignition to wiggle around for right fit (masked the area w/ blue tape first). Let set for an hour and done! Now all I need is a Nissan logo to complete the disguise. Hunted around for key chains, etc., but haven't come up w/ anything yet. Let me know if any one of you may have something I can use lying around. 1" to 1 1/2" in diameter would be perfect.









Onto the front bump stops: Energy Suspension (Part #9.9101GC) from Autozone, $8.99/pair. Need 12mm deep socket to remove stock ones. Used a 3/8" tap to enlarge to holes. 14mm deep socket for the new lock nuts (had to put a small socket in the deep one to hold the nut up until I got a few turns on it). 15 min first side, 10 min second side. Haven't tested it much, just some quick turns and stops out in the cul-de-sac. Seems to keep the truck from raising up as much on the inside of a curve and the nose from diving as much on a stop, so I guess they are doing their thing. Don't think I can go back to stock since the holes are tapped out now. Can always spend more bread and get the Timbrens, though, right? (Rear Timbrens next.)
 

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I'm sure I am just missing the point of this mod, so do you mind explaining?

As I see it, now you can't keep the key on your keyring anymore...so do you plan on just leaving it in the ignition all the time hoping that will "disguise" it? If so, what happens if your keyfob battery dies?
 

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I can leave the key in the ignition and lock the truck w/ key fob. Doubtful anybody will look in window and realize a key is in the ignition. Leaving the key in the ignition keeps the truck from automatically locking itself. Can't stand going out to the garage and the truck has locked itself. If my key fob battery dies, I still have a key on the ring to manually unlock the door (key entry into the truck turns off the alarm, so it won't sound when you use the key). If I should somehow lose both my key chain w/ key and fob, I have a non-transponder key (opens door only) hidden w/ a magnetic box. Can't get locked out, and the transponder key in the ignition will probably go unnoticed by anybody but our friends on this forum that have seen this mod. See this thread: http://thenewx.org/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=1804
 

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What happens if thief can't look into your X due to tinted windows? Then, after breaking inside, they see your mod. What if they don't know what to do and just starting messing with the cap (i.e. turning the key that's already in there...assuming you have a programmed transponder key inside the cap)? Then, they can just take off with your X after that, right? Or am I missing something here?
 

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hollywoodstylin said:
What happens if thief can't look into your X due to tinted windows? Then, after breaking inside, they see your mod. What if they don't know what to do and just starting messing with the cap (i.e. turning the key that's already in there...assuming you have a programmed transponder key inside the cap)? Then, they can just take off with your X after that, right? Or am I missing something here?

If a thief wants your truck, no matter what you do, they will get your truck, regardless if you make it easier for them....

but I agree, I really don't see the point. :D
 

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LoPo said:
If a thief wants your truck, no matter what you do, they will get your truck, regardless if you make it easier for them....
True, if they want it, they will take it and be "gone in sixty seconds". I did this because it makes my life easier. I can't worry about a break-in and theft for the above reason. A professional thief looking for your vehicle will find it and take it. If you are concerned about someone stealing your truck because of this mod, then don't do it. That's pretty simple. But for me, it is more convenient than fumbling for keys or finding my X locked in my own garage. I load my stuff from the passenger side and hate having to unlock it if the truck has automatically locked the doors.
 

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And..If a frog had wings he would"nt bump his ass on the ground when he jumps!!
 

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stevet47 said:
I'm sure I am just missing the point of this mod, so do you mind explaining?

As I see it, now you can't keep the key on your keyring anymore...so do you plan on just leaving it in the ignition all the time hoping that will "disguise" it? If so, what happens if your keyfob battery dies?
stevet47:

I've read the replies to your question ... considered them... but still find no pressing reason to make this mod.

This seems to be "a solution in search of a problem".
 

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The reason is, it's cool! Take it to a dealer with that Mod and watch what happens. 1st they thought it was a ne kind of lock and called me. "How do we get this lock off your Ingnition?" Then they star playing the trick on fellow employee's "Ah Hurry up and pull this X in will ya?" Then they watched that person fumble around as they all laughed. And the door opens "Where's the key?" Then that person has to get someone. Install the MOD, And tell someone that don't have an X to get in and start your car, key is in it. 99% chance your X will not be started.

Now, I made two for mine, one is real with a real key and one is fake with a dummy key. If you were a theif and you saw that thing in the key hole when it was locked, would it not cross your mind that this is a new device you have no experience foiling and move on to the next X, maybe your X? THose who have done this MOD count on you that have not to be parked close by.

MC
 

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By the way, MC, where did you get the Nissan logo keychain? Been hunting for one to finish this off. Or any other logo branded gadgets.
 

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i'd have to agree and say that leaving a key in the car is a bad decision from all perspectives..
 

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If you leave the key in the ignition and lock it with the key fob, it arms the alarm. So if you break in obviously without disarming, even though the key is in there, doesn't the alarm go off or doesn't the X have an engine kill type deal? You are basically trying to start the X without disarming the alarm. I don't have time to try it at this moment, but does anybody know if you lock/arm your X and then try starting it without disarming it, does it start?
 
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