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Old 02-23-2004, 10:18 PM   #1
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I got an STi key from Gruppe S last week. It has a nice heft to it, and it fits well in my fingers when turning it in the ignition. However, I took it to four places (Subaru dealer, Home Depot, and two locksmiths), and each said that they couldn't cut it because it was steel and would ruin their machines. The fifth place I took it to told me that the others didn't know what they were talking about, and that it definitely was not steel. He demonstrated this by using a magnet. He then cut it with no problem, saying that the cutting machine would be making a lot more noise if it were actually steel. So, if you get a key and your locksmith refuses to cut it, then take out a magnet.
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Old 02-24-2004, 06:07 AM   #2
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I took mine to Lowes and they did the same thing. They said that the could not cut it because it would not fit into their cutting machine due to it not being one of their template keys. I argued a little and they tried it after I agreed that if they ruined it, it wasn't their fault. Long story short, they cut it and all was well.
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Old 02-24-2004, 08:48 AM   #3
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My local Subie dealership sells STi keys for a pretty good price. Even with state tax it's cheaper than most mail-order places. The bummer was that they could not cut the keys.

"Sorry, those things just don't fit in our key cutter machine"

So I took an STi key blank down to the local Lowe's and the dude cut it like buttah! You just gotta find a key cutting machine that fits properly.

The dealership sends everbody with key blanks to Lowe's now. Lowe's is so cool about it that they don't even charge for the cutting.
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Old 02-27-2004, 06:22 PM   #4
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I am a locksmith. The key is most likely NOT steel. Subaru would be very stupid to make this a steel key. The locks on our car along with most automotive ignitions and locks are brass wafers. They are designed to wear evenly with a brass(or similar soft metal) key. VW had a major problem with this in the past. Their keys would not wear but the keys wore the locks. This completely throws off the shearline of the lock. I cut this key in my truck, on a regular ilco 025 key machine, brass cutting wheel. No problems. If you want, you can ship me the key and blank, I will cut it for free, as long as you pay shipping.
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Old 03-01-2004, 02:51 PM   #5
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How can a Subaru Dealer Sale the key's and not be able to cut them???
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Old 03-01-2004, 04:58 PM   #6
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Because they are a right bitch to cut . I have a hard time keeping them in the machine here- they tend to want to rotate out, and the huge gonkin' head on them gets in the way of the key stop .


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Old 03-01-2004, 08:47 PM   #7
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How much is the bland STi key from the dealer?
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Old 03-01-2004, 09:03 PM   #8
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A run of the mill blank runs about $9 or less.


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Old 03-01-2004, 09:10 PM   #9
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Only $9 from the dealer for an STi blank....Nice!
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Old 03-01-2004, 10:40 PM   #10
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Holy S^*&%^(&

$9 For the STi Key??

Wow.. Last time I went in, It was in a Display Case.. And was $45 and it was uncut..
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Old 03-02-2004, 12:28 AM   #11
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No, $9 for a generic plain blank that will fit an STi. I never said the STi key being discussed in this thread is $9. shk_1010 asked for the price of a bland (which I assume to be just your average key blank) key blank for an STi which is about $9.


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Old 03-02-2004, 09:57 AM   #12
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STi key's are titanium and cost $25 includes shipping in the US


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[quote]Originally posted by North Ursalia
Because they are a right bitch to cut . I have a hard time keeping them in the machine here- they tend to want to rotate out, and the huge gonkin' head on them gets in the way of the key stop .

what machine are you using. I used your run of the mill, ilco 025 with a brass cutting wheel. It was a little "chunky" but cut fine overall. The key is the exact same keyway as any other current subaru key, so it shouldn't make a difference as far as shape or fitment. Your jaws maybe warn. To sorta correct my earlier statement, the key is made of a considerably stronger composite than typical brass keys, so it will over time cause damage to any locks it is frequently used on.

wow $9 Jeez, if you want a regular blank, go to your local hardware store, that will sell you blanks for less than cut keys. They only cost the store 25cents tops. (home depot will not sell you blanks cheaper than cut keys)
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I paid $20 for mine and had it cut at the dealer before even taking delivery of the car.
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Old 03-03-2004, 06:42 AM   #16
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Old 03-03-2004, 01:50 PM   #17
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The head is .


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Old 03-03-2004, 02:43 PM   #18
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will the STi key work in a GC8 ignition?
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will the STi key work in a GC8 ignition?

I heard it had to be shaved Because it's a little too "Fat" to fit in the ignition.
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It fits the ignition fine. You have to "massage" the heck out of it to make it work with the doors or trunk. I wrecked two keys in the process of trying that . I have keyless and an alarm and don't use the door locks, so I gave up as I don't really need to use it in the doors/trunk.


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just got one today . took a pic before i took it to Carter Subaru... and they actually cut it for me for free.

18$ from allsubaru.com
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Probably stupid but allsubaru.com says the STi blanks are only for the 02-03 impreza's. Just wanna make sure they can fit the 04...what do you think?
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They do. They will fit the ignition of 93-01 models as well, just not the doors/trunk.


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i paid 25 for my key and 10 to cut it.....
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