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Old 12-01-2011, 01:28 AM   #1
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Default JDM sti key works

Well I managed to score an easy yet fulfilling upgrade for my sti interior I researched around a little bit before buying this key only to find that it might not work with my car due to the immobilizer. I went ahead and bought it anyways.

Sure glad I did! I realized (as previously thought) that as long as the original key (with the smart chip) is within a certain range of the ignition, then the car will start up just fine, no different from using the standard key. I simply hang my original key on the same hook and have had absolutely no problem with it on my 2007 sti. I bought this key off rallysportdirect.com, http://www.rallysportdirect.com/STI-Subaru-JDM-Key although I'm sure you can buy it from plenty of other places.

As for actually carving the blank, I went to Home Depot (maybe not the best bet, but I took a chance) and had no problem. Although the employee had to run it through the machine twice, it came out nearly perfect looking and in perfectly working condition. You could also go to a locksmith or Subaru Dealership, but I'm not sure if they will charge or not. Home Depot didn't charge me a cent I definitely recommend this key as a simple upgrade that replaces the ugly and boring standard key.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:32 AM   #2
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It's been done before. I just cut the chip out of my keay and glued it in my remote.

Also. It's not really a jdm piece the 04 Sti had that key.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:37 AM   #3
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It's been done before. I just cut the chip out of my keay and glued it in my remote.

Also. It's not really a jdm piece the 04 Sti had that key.
I was actually thinking about doing that, but this is pretty much just as easy because I had room for another key. Yea agreed, not JD. That's just what RSD calls it. It's authentic Subaru-made though. Close enough.

Oh and also, I've seen some people take open the lock/unlock remote and put the chip in there, which I think is actually a really good idea haha.

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Old 12-01-2011, 03:21 AM   #4
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Yeah I did that for a while it gets old quick.
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:15 AM   #5
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Good deal, just don't lose the original key.
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:51 AM   #6
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I like my key moar bettarer

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Old 12-01-2011, 07:04 AM   #7
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Soo if you have this key, your old key (with the chip) always has to be near or in your car?
I got this key a real long time ago and thought i never had any problems with it. My old key has always been in my center console without me even thinking about it.
So if i take my old key out of my center console.. The new JDM key won't work??
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Old 12-01-2011, 07:22 AM   #8
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Another way to do it (although it may not be the best solution as it will disable your immobilizer securtity) is to go on amazon or somewhere online (can probably also find it at your local best buy) and pick up a DEI 556u / 556UW universal immobilizer bypass and put your chipped key into the bypass. Then connect it as follows:

Bypass wire:~~Wire in Car:
Red~~~~~~~~Black/White (+) keysense (may differ with different years/makes)
Black~~~~~~~Chassis Ground
Blue~~~~~~~~Chassis Ground
Then connect the immobilizer ring and run it up and around your ignition barrel.

This will activate the universal bypass by the keysense (when you insert the key). For added security you can install a switch on any of the above wires so that it will bypass only when you want it to.

Just a thought...

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Old 12-01-2011, 07:15 PM   #9
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Soo if you have this key, your old key (with the chip) always has to be near or in your car?
I got this key a real long time ago and thought i never had any problems with it. My old key has always been in my center console without me even thinking about it.
So if i take my old key out of my center console.. The new JDM key won't work??
Haha! That's pretty funny. Depends on your year. I know they had this key on 04 sti...but then in 05, I think they put an immobilizer in the car.
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Old 12-01-2011, 07:34 PM   #10
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I was actually thinking about doing that, but this is pretty much just as easy because I had room for another key. Yea agreed, not JD. That's just what RSD calls it. It's authentic Subaru-made though. Close enough.

Oh and also, I've seen some people take open the lock/unlock remote and put the chip in there, which I think is actually a really good idea haha.
Tried this and no luck
If the immobilizer chip isnt in the same exact position, the car starts then dies immediately
anyone have same problem and know how to fix it??
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:04 PM   #11
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That's odd. The thing I'm wondering is...where is the immobilizer and how far can the chip be away from it to work?
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:58 PM   #12
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That's odd. The thing I'm wondering is...where is the immobilizer and how far can the chip be away from it to work?
I've heard about the chip needing to be near the green light circle around the ignition, I pulled chip outta extra key and put in key fob thing, no cigar tho

At least I know the immobilizer works tho
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:26 PM   #13
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I've heard about the chip needing to be near the green light circle around the ignition, I pulled chip outta extra key and put in key fob thing, no cigar tho

At least I know the immobilizer works tho
Haha yes, it works quite well! But actually sometimes when I try to use my unchipped key, it just does not want to work but other times, even if in the exact same spot as before, it works perfectly. Chipped key remains in the same place and this remains a mystery to me of why it doesn't work every time haha
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:23 PM   #14
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Haha! That's pretty funny. Depends on your year. I know they had this key on 04 sti...but then in 05, I think they put an immobilizer in the car.
Hmmm well I do have a 2005, this just isn't something I've ever thought of. So i guess it's just a good thing that i never took my old key out of my car! I'm glad I never clean out my center console!
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:54 PM   #15
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Hmmm well I do have a 2005, this just isn't something I've ever thought of. So i guess it's just a good thing that i never took my old key out of my car! I'm glad I never clean out my center console!
Only the 32bit cars have immobilizers. IE not yours. 04+ STi and 06+ WRX.
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:15 PM   #16
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05+ Sti actually the 04 is where this key comes from it does not have the immobilizer.

The chip in my remote works but my remote is the only thing on my key ring other than an Sti fob and the key (all on one ring) so my remote is very close to the ring of doom.
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:55 AM   #17
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considering how that key was designed for the New Age GDB/A in 2000 I'm not quite sure how it's not a JDM piece ?????
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:18 AM   #18
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i don't think its worth carrying the extra key. even though i have the same one
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:54 PM   #19
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I'd just tape the original key under the dash, and then never lose it or worry about it not working with the sti key. Also, thats not "jdm" per say, because my usdm 04 sti uses that key, and the dealership sells them.
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:58 PM   #20
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I'd just tape the original key under the dash, and then never lose it or worry about it not working with the sti key. Also, thats not "jdm" per say, because my usdm 04 sti uses that key, and the dealership sells them.
You'd tape a key to your car under your dash?
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I have a programmable blank jdm Subaru key if anyone needs one.
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