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    How to use cheap, non-chipped keys in a truck that requires a chipped key.

    Before you flame me like that, you might want to check yourself. It's obvious to me that you missed a step. :rolleyes: "I pulled out the ignition and then unscrewed the ring that reads the key. It's attached to a wire that runs back into the dash. I zip-tied my chipped key into it, and dropped...
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    How to use cheap, non-chipped keys in a truck that requires a chipped key.

    Ha! That's funny. I pulled that out of mine as well. I hate those stupid chimes too. :chug:
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    need to get a Chipped Key??

    Nope. Why would it matter? It's the same system. A ring around the ignition reads the chip and sends a signal, telling the truck it's good to start. Zip-tie your chip in the ring, drop it behind the dash, and it constantly tells your truck it can start. That's how you can use any copy of your...
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    need to get a Chipped Key??

    Reasonable?! :scratch: How is 41.50 plus at least ten bucks just for the key 'reasonable'? $1.59 for a key at Lowe's is reasonable. And like he said (as did I in my tutorial), it only takes half an hour for the mod. Selling chipped keys for an exorbitant amount of money is just another...
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    need to get a Chipped Key??

    I had that same problem, finding the pin that holds it all in.
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    SW Fla?? Cape Coral/Ft Myers members??

    Anyone in SWFL? You already know I'm here. It would be cool to have some get-togethers. I think that there was a thread about that, maybe four years ago, when some people tried to work it out. If I remember correctly, seems like there wasn't enough interest. I'd be down to do something though...
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    How to use cheap, non-chipped keys in a truck that requires a chipped key.

    Hey man. Glad to hear that someone else was able to do this same hack. I agree that paying a hundred and some dollars for a key is highway robbery. Ridiculous. Were you able to just remove the PATS ring from around the ignition, just like I did? Not too familiar with S/T's, but I would...
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    Keypad code ignition starter!!! Please look

    Sorry to revive an old thread, but I'm not sure if the question was ever answered. Does this START your vehicle, or ALLOW your vehicle to be started? B/c one is way cooler than the other, imo. I'd pick that kit up in a heartbeat if it starts your truck when you punch in your code. Thanks...
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    Digital Dash Swap?

    Broken links Just read this thread from start to finish. VERY cool idea. I want this in my Ranger. WHAT I REALLY WANT IS PICS THAT WORK!!!!!! Your links to Photobucket are broken or moved. Care to restore them so we can see the (almost) finished product?
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    Digital Dash Swap?

    Laptop Mount I'm still in the middle of reading this whole post, but I wanted to jump in with a solution for your Acer computer mount. I built a mount for my Ranger out of PVC and some sort of wire rack from Wal-Mart. Probably cost me all of $15 bucks. It sits in the right cup holder, and is...
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    Is a 96 Explorer overhead console compatible with my 2000 Ranger?

    I'll be sure to do that. Thanks for all the info, fellas. I'm actually reading the how-to on the overhead console right now.
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    Is a 96 Explorer overhead console compatible with my 2000 Ranger?

    Thanks for the heads-up on the overhead console. Hopefully the guy still has his laying around, and I can snag it pretty cheap. Incidentally, how much did you pay for yours?
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    Is a 96 Explorer overhead console compatible with my 2000 Ranger?

    I have no idea which years of parts are compatible with which. I'd like to do the overhead console mod, and a guy on my local Craigslist has an overhead console from a 96 for sale. Anyone know if this will work in my 2000 Ranger XLT? Any other comments or suggestions would be appreciated...
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    How to use cheap, non-chipped keys in a truck that requires a chipped key.

    Techboj, I like it. I'm cheap like that, and I would do the same thing. I think the problem that most of us run into is not having that second key with which to do programming. One little correction: just hot gluing or taping the RFID chip inside the steering wheel cover will not work. As a...
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    How to use cheap, non-chipped keys in a truck that requires a chipped key.

    That WOULD be sweet. I'd like to use RFID, with a chip implanted in my hand. Put your hand on the door, and *presto*, its unlocked.
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    How to use cheap, non-chipped keys in a truck that requires a chipped key.

    No, but I did it with no prior knowledge, in about a half hour. There's a black ring around the ignition, it's only held in with one screw. Unscrew it, being careful not to mess up the wire connected to it. Zip tie in the key. I had to use two zip ties to get the position right. Then I just...
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    How to use cheap, non-chipped keys in a truck that requires a chipped key.

    There is a solution. It depends on how much you value the theft protection that the PATS system affords you. If you don't, like I don't, then you can make duplicates and have them work for the price of a regular key. I think I outlined it above, showing how you can take off the ring from around...
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    Has anyone installed an Audiovox Remote Start in a Ranger?

    I've got one I'm going to install tomorrow, and I'm just wondering if there's anything I need to be on the lookout for, or if it's pretty straightforward. My truck is a 2000 XLT model, and the remote start is an Audiovox AA295. Any and all help/comments would be appreciated. I searched this...
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    Powered USB Port

    I looked in British Columbia. Vancouver area, actually. I was too lazy to actually look up where your city is in comparison to what's on Craigslist, but here ya go. This is available right now. Not a bad price on this. You can find them all day long on CL. Enjoy.
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    Powered USB Port

    FWIW, Cobra makes a sweet inverter that has two recepticles for 110v AND a USB port in it. I find them on Craigslist all the time for forty bucks. I hard wired one into my truck to the right of my cupholders in the passenger side footwell. Now I have 800 watts of power all the time AND a charger...
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    How to use cheap, non-chipped keys in a truck that requires a chipped key.

    Mbrooks, you COULD pull the chip out like you said, but it would probably be really hard to secure it inside the receiving ring. I had to use two zip-ties just to get my key to stay in the right position inside it. As far as a window in the key goes, mine doesn't have a window, but it does...
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    How to use cheap, non-chipped keys in a truck that requires a chipped key.

    Good call on cutting the cut part of the key off. I guess then it wouldn't technically be a key, and you couldn't be liable for having one in the truck if it were stolen. To the guy who asked whats in the chip: nope, it's not just a magnet. It's actually an encoded chip that handshakes with...
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    How to use cheap, non-chipped keys in a truck that requires a chipped key.

    Hi guys. This is my second post on this forum. Thought I'd share this with you. Hopefully it can save some of you some money just like it saved me. I bought my 2000 Ranger with only one chipped key. After locking it in the truck three times, and subsequently figuring out three different ways...
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    2000 Hella Ranger =-)

    In-cab electronics How about some info on the electronic goodies in the cab? Computer, GPS, etc? I'd love to see some pics and maybe even some write-ups. I'm planning on putting some good stuff in my truck, so seeing what others have done would be a big help.
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