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The American Key Supply Guide to Cloning

The Benefits of Cloning

Investing the money needed to be able to clone keys is not for everyone, but understanding the benefits will help you decide when it's time for your business to make the jump.

The Myths

Limitations

Good Things to Know

Your Options

Cloning Machines

KeyLogic US900

KeyLogic US900

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Extremely easy to use
  • Touchscreen operation
  • Stand-alone unit (no PC or Internet connection required for almost all features)
  • Will clone fixed code (T2, T5, Tex 4C)
  • Will clone Texas Instruments encrypted code (4D)
  • Will clone Philips 46 encrypted code
  • Will clone Toyota G-Chip! (optional purchase)
  • Clones onto CN chips, TPX chips, or EH2/TK60 electronic head keys
  • Supports transponder production, including VW CAN, Toyota 4D-67, Lexus 4D-68, and GM PK3+
  • Can write custom values to fixed-code chips
  • Detects remote frequency for testing
  • Includes some key writing from EEPROM BIN files (dumps)

KEYS: Very open system, supporting as many cloning key types as possible. The most important thing to note is that it supports writing to CN chips, so your per-key cost is extremely low. Use CN chips with any manufacturer's key shells (JMA, BlueRocket, etc.) for a cloning key under $10 that looks very similar to the factory original.

PRICING: $1495 and includes over $300 in FREE cloning supplies (chips & keys).

SUMMARY: Definitely one of the more advanced cloners on the market. Relatively inexpensive to buy when free keys are noted and supports the very inexpensive CN chips, keeping key costs very low. A great option for any business with a medium volume of cloning services. Also a very good option for automotive locksmiths looking for advanced features like chip manipulation, especially by those providing reflashing services for their customers. Manufacturer is actively developing new features.

KeyLogic US600

KeyLogic US600

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Extremely easy to use
  • Touchscreen operation
  • Stand-alone unit (no PC or Internet connection required for almost all features)
  • Will clone fixed code (T2, T5, Tex 4C)
  • Will clone Texas Instruments encrypted code (4D)
  • Will clone Philips 46 encrypted code
  • Clones onto CN chips, TPX chips, or EH2/TK60 electronic head keys
  • Can write custom values to fixed-code chips
  • Detects remote frequency for testing

KEYS: Very open system, supporting as many cloning key types as possible. The most important thing to note is that it supports writing to CN chips, so your per-key cost is extremely low. Use CN chips with any manufacturer's key shells (JMA, BlueRocket, etc.) for a cloning key under $10 that looks very similar to the factory original.

PRICING: $595.

SUMMARY: Etremely inexpensive to buy and supports the very inexpensive CN chips, keeping key costs very low. Very easy learning curve. A great option for any business looking to start provide cloning services. No advanced features so maybe not a good choice for the advanced or ambitious locksmith.

The Diagnostic Box
Cyclone
(Starter)

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Stand-alone unit (no PC or Internet connection required)
  • Will clone fixed code (T2, T5, Tex 4C)
  • Will clone Texas Instruments encrypted code (4D)
  • Will clone Philips 46 encrypted code
  • Clones onto CN chips (also supports TPX2 chips)
  • Cannot clone onto TPX1 or TPX4 chips, nor any electronic head keys.
  • Can write custom values to fixed-code chips

KEYS: Supports writing to CN chips, so your per-key cost is extremely low. Use CN chips with any manufacturer's key shells (JMA, BlueRocket, etc.) for a cloning key under $10 that looks very similar to the factory original.

PRICING: About $1100.

SUMMARY: A relatively affordable solution for those wanting cloning but nothing else.

The Diagnostic Box
Cyclone PRO

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Stand-alone unit (no PC or Internet connection required for most features)
  • Will clone fixed code (T2, T5, Tex 4C)
  • Will clone Texas Instruments encrypted code (4D)
  • Will clone Philips 46 encrypted code
  • Will clone Megamos 48—GM only
  • Will clone 8C (Mazda MPV & Miata 2000-2004)
  • Clones onto CN chips, TPX chips, or EH2/TK60 electronic head keys
  • Supports transponder production, including VW CAN, Toyota 4D-67, and Lexus 4D-68
  • Supports some VW CAN chip pre-coding
  • Can write custom values to fixed-code chips

KEYS: Very open system, supporting as many cloning key types as possible. The most important thing to note is that it supports writing to CN chips, so your per-key cost is extremely low. Use CN chips with any manufacturer's key shells (JMA, BlueRocket, etc.) for a cloning key under $10 that looks very similar to the factory original.

PRICING: About $2000.

SUMMARY: Definitely one of the more advanced cloners on the market. A little pricey to purchase but does support the very inexpensive CN chips, keeping key costs very low. A great option for an business with a fairly high volume of cloning services.

JMA TRS-5000 EVO

JMA TRS-5000 EVO

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Extremely easy to use
  • Stand-alone unit (no PC or Internet connection required)
  • Will clone fixed code (T2, T5, Tex 4C)
  • Will clone Texas Instruments encrypted code (4D)
  • Will clone Philips 46 encrypted code
  • Clones onto JMA's battery-less TPX chips/keys (about $20-$25 each).
  • Cannot clone onto electronic heads or CN chips.
  • Cannot write custom values to fixed-code chips

KEYS: Must clone onto JMA's TPX chips which are typically inserted into shells that are shaped like the factory originals.

PRICING: About $1700 and includes around $500 in FREE TPX5 cloning keys.

SUMMARY: Extremely easy to use system, perfect when minimal training is needed. Per-key cost is relatively high.

Keyline 884
Decryptor Ultegra

Keyline 884 Decryptor Ultegra

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Extremely easy to use
  • Stand-alone unit (no PC or Internet connection required)
  • Will clone fixed code (T2, T5, Tex 4C)
  • Will clone Texas Instruments encrypted code (4D)
  • Will clone Philips 46 encrypted code
  • Will clone Megamos 48 (optional purchase)—GM and VW!
  • Clones onto Keyline's proprietary electronic keys (about $30 each).
  • Cannot clone onto TPX or CN chips.
  • Can write custom values to fixed-code chips

KEYS: Must clone onto Keyline's TK100 cloning keys (about $25 each). It can also clone Megamos 48, including VWs (up to 2005), with the purchase of the TKM-KIT (about $280) and use of TKM cloning keys (about $27 each). Keyline cloning key blanks are horseshoe blades with universal heads. They do not use batteries anymore, so limited key life is no longer a problem. The keys work well but are not shaped like the factory originals.

PRICING: About $950 and incudes around $190 in FREE cloning keys.

SUMMARY: A very capable and easy-to-use cloning system. If combined with the TKM-KIT, especially helpful for those that work with VW vehicles. Because the cloning keys are extremely expensive, this is a very good option for the automotive locksmith needing to do the occcasional key cloning.

Keyline 884
Decryptor Mini

Keyline 884 Decryptor Mini

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Requires operation using a connection to an Android mobile device or PC with an Internet connection
  • Transponder identification not perfect yet, cannot tell the difference between different 4D chips
  • Will clone fixed code (T2, T5, Tex 4C)
  • Will clone Texas Instruments encrypted code (4D)
  • Will clone Philips 46 encrypted code
  • Will clone Megamos 48 (optional purchase)—GM and VW!
  • Clones onto Keyline's proprietary electronic keys (about $30 each).
  • Cannot clone onto TPX or CN chips.
  • Can write custom values to fixed-code chips

KEYS: Must clone onto Keyline's TK100 cloning keys (about $25 each). It can also clone Megamos 48, including VWs (up to 2005), with the purchase of the TKM-KIT (about $280) and use of TKM cloning keys (about $27 each). Keyline cloning key blanks are horseshoe blades with universal heads. They do not use batteries anymore, so limited key life is no longer a problem. The keys work well but are not shaped like the factory originals.

PRICING: About $580 and includes around $300 in FREE cloning keys.

SUMMARY: An extremely inexpensive way to get into cloning but cloning keys are extremely expensive. This is NOT a stand-alone unit, so setup may be difficult for someone not comfortable with computers. If combined with the TKM-KIT, especially helpful for those that work with VW vehicles. Because the unit is so inexpensive but the cloning keys are so expensive, a fantastic option for the automotive locksmith looking to do a small volume of cloning services.

Ilco RW4 Plus
w/ Snoop

Ilco RW4 Plus

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Extremely easy to use
  • Stand-alone unit (no PC or Internet connection required)
  • Will clone fixed code (T2, T5, Tex 4C)
  • Will clone Texas Instruments encrypted code (4D)
  • Will clone Philips 46 encrypted code
  • Clones onto Ilco's proprietary electronic keys (about $27 each).
  • Cannot clone onto TPX or CN chips.
  • Can write custom values to fixed-code chips

KEYS: Ilco cloning key blanks are horseshoe blades with universal heads. The "electronic head" keys use batteries so when the battery dies, customers will need to replace key battery to get they key working again. The keys work well but are not shaped like the factory originals.

PRICING: About $1800.

SUMMARY: Extremely easy to use system, perfect when minimal training is needed. Both machine and per-key cost are relatively high. Solid machine, but few advanced features.

   

Cloning Chips / Keys

As we mentioned earlier, you cannot clone onto just any ordinary transponder chip. You must use the right cloning chip/key for the job. Start by identifying what kind of chip your customer's original key has and use this chart as a guide for what cloning chip/key you'll need to clone to.

Customer's Original Chip Cloning Chip/Key
KeyLogic
US900
KeyLogic
US600
TDB
Cyclone Pro
JMA
TRS-5000 EVO
Keyline
884 Ultra or
884 Mini
Ilco
RW4 Plus
Megamos 13 T5
(sometimes called PT5, sometimes marked with "RW")
Texas Instruments 4C

CN1
or TPX1

CN1
or TPX1

CN1/CX1
or TPX1

TPX1
or TPX5

TK100 Ilco electronic
head keys
Texas Instruments 4D CN2
or TPX2
CN2
or TPX2
CN2/CX2
or TPX2
TPX2
or TPX5
TK100 Ilco electronic
head keys
Texas Instruments 4D-64 (Y160) CN64 CN64 /CN64 TPX2
or TPX5
TK100 Ilco electronic
head keys
Philips 46

CN3
or TPX4

CN3
or TPX4

CN3/CX3
or TPX4

TPX4
or TPX5
TK100 Ilco electronic
head keys
Megamos 48 Not supported Not supported R/W 48
(GM Only)
Not supported TKM
(GM & VW)
Not supported
Temic 8C Not supported Not supported TK5561
(discontinued)
Not supported Not supported Not supported
Toyota G-Chip CN5 Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported

 

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