'92 Custom, '95 MAF 5.0
I hadn't considered either of those angles.not exactly sure what the logic behind it was but one cool thing is that you can use a hide-a-key on the outside of the vehicle and not have to worry about someone driving off with your bronco. another cool thing is you can come outside on a cold morning and crank up the truck to warm it up then lock it.
1) Wouldn't you still have to hide the ignition key somewhere inside? Otherwise, you're still carrying one key and accomplishing nothing over any other vehicle. And if you do hide the ignition key, then that's nothing the '92+ Broncos couldn't do by hiding the ignition key inside and carrying the tailgate key.
2) You've got me there! '92+ would have to use a spare key to get back in, which would then mean they're carrying two door keys and increasing the likelihood of losing the spare.
I mentioned earlier, I did find a brand new (still had the cutting service label on it; Ace Hardware, I think) door/ignition key tucked away in the cargo area. I wonder if that's what a PO was doing with my truck? Then again, the tailgate lock seems to have been removed long ago, so probably not.
Correct. Ditto for the '94 parts car I got a matching set off of, to replace the broken collar on my ignition cylinder.while typing up this post i realized something that may explain why ford used a different key for the tailgate/glove box for 92+ broncos. fodder, you said your bronco uses the same key for the ignition switch and the doors, right?
That adds up, as the '86 tailgate lock I picked up was reversed from my ignition/door locks, so the reversed tailgate lock would fit your door locks.well, on mine and greasmonger's broncos, thats not possible because they keyway is reversed between the ignition and the doors.
I can buy that. More efficient parts bin pricing.what it sounds like ford did is they redesigned the door locks for the 92+ broncos and f-series to use the same key for both. my guess is that because the bronco was the only vehicle that would be using the tailgate lock, and since it was so unique of a design, ford didnt want to waste the time redesigning the tailgate lock, so they just reused the old design and gave the customers 2 keys, one for the doors/ignition and one for the tailgate/glove box.
That sounds conclusive!i found a parts listing on rock auto that confirms that the 92 broncos use a lock cylinder where the keyway is reversed of the 91 lock cylinder.
Ha, I often post stream-of-thought while figuring stuff out, too.sometimes i can be a little bit dense, i feel like it shouldnt have taken me this long to reach this conclusion.
I would say yes with 80% certainty. The assembly seemed just like my '92 locks, with the same side clips and actuator rod attachment. If I can find where I put that '86 spare, I'll be able to compare against my original '92 locks and give a more definitive answer.now, another question this brings up is can you retrofit 92+ door locks onto the 87-91's?
Like me, dealing with smaller stuff while figuring out how the hell to address the engine puking up its guts when I add coolant... That has proven quite daunting.maybe one day ill look into this but for now i have bigger fish to fry on my bronco.