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Can I adjust a 105 door lock to suit an existing key?

I have no idea when it comes to locks, keys etc., but if I wanted to get another door handle with a key lock with no key, is it possible to have that lock adjusted to suit a key that I have? Would any locksmith be capable of that job?

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Hi Derek,

I had a locksmith do exactly what you're asking many years ago for my 1300TI. As far as I am aware a good locksmith should be able to make a key to fit a lock without keys or repin a lock to fit an existing key. Good luck.

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I have no idea when it comes to locks, keys etc., but if I wanted to get another door handle with a key lock with no key, is it possible to have that lock adjusted to suit a key that I have? Would any locksmith be capable of that job?
Yes you can. You need to remove the door handle, remove the tumbler mechanism, and inside you will find four or five tumblers, spring loaded. You can shuffle the positions of individual tumblers to fit the new key.

A couple of notes. First, it's easiest to remove the tumbler mechanism if you have the proper key installed. Otherwise, the springs will cause the tumblers to fly all over the place.

Second, you might find that you don't have the right combination of tumblers for the new key. In that case, you can actually leave some out and it will work fine (but the lock will be easier to pick, if you worry about such things).

Use the new key inserted into the tumbler mechanism to insert the mechanism back into the door lock.

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Second, you might find that you don't have the right combination of tumblers for the new key. In that case, you can actually leave some out and it will work fine (but the lock will be easier to pick, if you worry about such things)
Or, leave the offending tumblers and using a jewelers file, and with the key in the slot, file down the protruding part til it clears properly, in effect making a 'new' tumbler matched exactly to the given key.
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