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So I really botched it this time. I bought a used top case and the previous owner supplied the barrel lock removed and in a ziplock baggie. I followed the instructions for re-keying it and shuffled the tumblers, but I somehow didn't get the locking tumbler which holds the barrel in the case in placed. So I inserted the barrel in the topcase and all seemed to work perfectly until I realized that the barrel wasn't "locked" into the case and could easily slip out. So I re-read the instructions, inserted the locking tumbler and re-inserted in the topcase. Sh*t...key won't insert all the way. Tried to hit the removal hole with the 90 degree paperclip...no joy. Decided to take it to the dealer today and figured they could pop it out. They failed and they destroyed the barrel..okay fine. So now they want to drill the barrel out, but I'm thinking the probability of them drilling the barrel without damaging the plastic is somewhere between low and slim. I'm thinking it makes more sense cut an access panel from the inside, then seal the cut panel with epoxy provided I'm able to extract the barrel and replace it. Part of the problem is you can't see a damn thing through the existing access hole and I'm thinking if I can cut an access panel from the inside, I can probably release the barrel lock and salvage this abortion of a modification. Thoughts?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 29th, 2009, 8:00 am
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I took mine (older RT sidecase) to a locksmith the dealer recommended when they couldn't figure mine out. Cost me a whole $15 while I waited. He said it was similar to a Honda (I think??) lock.


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A good (or bad) locksmith can get into any lock...

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I agree. If you carefully explain what you did to the locksmith (and bring your instructions along), they might be able to get you out of this. Worth a little time and money before you start cutting!

Exactly how did the dealer "break" the existing lock? They may have done enough damage already that even if opened that a new lock cylinder may not work correctly either...
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I may be off base here, but if the dealer screwed it up shouldn't it be up to them to take care of the problem? Fix it or replace the entire unit. That would be my argument - you broke it so you fix it.

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I assumed there was some sort of disclaimer/agreement beforehand...
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So I got the case back. Dealer spent 1.5 hours with it, including trying to drill the tumblers and could not extricate the lock from the case. Will have to go to a locksmith next.

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Hmmm... I think I would have taken it to a locksmith before I let someone drill on it, but hopefully they can still pull you out.
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Foolish me...I took a BMW case with a BMW lock to a BMW dealer. I guess for those who read this in the future...perhaps directly to locksmith is way to go. I gave the dealer permission to drill using a small bit in order to clear the tumblers which hopefully didn't gum-up the plastic portion that holds the cylinder. The cylinder is toast and will have to be replaced and those run about $30. Cross fingers...hope the locksmith can un-jam it.

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Hmmm... I think I would have taken it to a locksmith before I let someone drill on it, but hopefully they can still pull you out.

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