Possible reason the JL key fob is so big - waterproof

  1. agordon117

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    So, I'm working on my key (I like to attach my house keys with custom parts to avoid using key rings) and I have it disassembled. It does appear that the key is waterproof. The reason for its size is likely the fact that the engineers are lazy morons. There's a lot of totally empty space here, and even with the gaskets, there's absolutely no reason to make this bigger than the key for any other jeep model. They all are much smaller profile keys that do exactly the same thing. I applaud the effort they took in making it waterproof (even though they don't advertise it anywhere), but there is simply no excuse for the size.

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    Also, if anyone else takes their key this far apart, you have to wind the spring 1-1/4 times to match the spring force from the factory.
     
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    The Marketing dept made the key that big, not the Engineers
     
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    I keep a key ring just for house and work keys. The vehicle keys are never attached to anything. It makes things fit in the pocket much better. Also, I do not like handing my house keys to auto places which also happen to have my address (some of which make keys on site as well). It is a small but 0 cost security measure to keep them separate.
     
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    I tried that, and there were just too many separate things in my pocket. I'll just use the spare when I have to give the key to the dealer for any service work. The point I was making wasn't about why I was taking the key apart though.
     
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    That's what I thought too.
     
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    I'm probably the only one who doesn't think it's that big, I dont see what the fuss is about, it's fine, it's not too big where it takes up too much space in my pocket and it's not too small where I have to attach a key chain so I dont lose it.
     
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    Agreed. If it fits in the little change pocket of my jeans, I cannot complain.
     
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    I’m most likely buying a sport with manual locks.

    Is the key blade easily removed? I’d rather not pocket the entire fob all the time.

    Any idea if you can start your jeep after removing the fob battery? The owner’s manual states you can press the fob against the start button in case of a dead battery.

    Thinking I could keep the fob hidden inside the jeep with fob battery removed so someone can’t just drive off with my jeep. Then just push the start button with the fob to start the engine.
     
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    Its big - however it works for me. I didn't realize that it is waterproof - Thanks.
     
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    I'm not sure keeping it in the Jeep will be a good Idea, depending on where you live. I keep mine on a clip attached to a belt loop, that might be a better Idea.
     
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    I would only keep the fob in the Jeep with the battery removed to disable the push start.

    If the back up starting method works (per owner's manual) with the battery removed, then keeping the fob hidden in the jeep might be an option for me. The question is whether a "dead battery" = a removed battery or if the fob needs a battery in order to use this method.

    I would either remove the key blade from the fob or have a duplicate key blade made and just carry the key blade. Again this is for a Sport with manual locks.

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    Jeeps key fob isn't big..... THIS is big!

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    I'm aware of the backup method, but I'm going to look at it as the same way I would look at keeping a traditional key hidden in your vehicle. If its well hidden enough that nobody will find it, then its goig to be too much of a hassle to get it in and out of your hiding spot. If you keep it in your center console, then someone will just find it and use it... but as I said, it all depends on where you live.
     
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    I guess there's still the traditional magnetic hide a key boxes. Metal ones should block the RF signal.
     
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