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Universal Change Key for Thule Locks

Universal Change Key for Thule Locks

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Remove your unlocked Thule lock with this master key and replace it with a Thule One Key System lock (sold separately) to make all your Thule locks keyed alike. Call 800-298-8924 to order Thule accessories and parts part number 853-1251 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Thule products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Universal Change Key for Thule Locks. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Remove your unlocked Thule lock with this master key and replace it with a Thule One Key System lock (sold separately) to make all your Thule locks keyed alike.


Features:

  • Universal change key for factory lock cylinders on Thule products
    • Allows you to remove unlocked Thule factory locks and replace them with Thule One Key System locks


Specs:

  • Works with all Thule One Key System locks

Note: Only those lock cylinders and keys with part numbers that begin with an "E" or "N" are compatible with the Thule One-Key System Lock Cylinders.



8531251 Universal Change Key for Thule Locks





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Video Transcript for Thule Roof Rack 853-1251 Review

Today we're going to review part number 853-1251. This is the Thule universal change key for Thule locks. This key will allow you to remove your Thule lock with this master change key and replace it with a Thule one key system lock, which we sell separately. This will make all your Thule locks key to like. This will work with all of the Thule one key system locks. Basically I want to show you how this would work is if you have let's say this is a foot pack off of a Thule roof rack.

It already has a lock in it. You have a matching lock cylinder. The number on it is N115, this is a N115. So you want to be able to put this into another Thule product you have on your vehicle. In this case let's say you have, I got an example here of a lock housing for a Thule snug tight hitch lock that you might have.

If you look at it the key says N140. It's a different lock. Instead of having this key and this key you can change it all to the same key basically. You will unlock the lock and then take this universal change key, stick it in, and as you can see it'll remove the locking cylinder. Take the one you want to replace it with, stick it in there, hold it in, pull the key out.

Now it is changed to the N115, which will match that one. You can use this key that works in the roof rack and you can use it to lock your snug tight hitch lock. That's the way this universal change key would work. You can use it to change out locks on any Thule one key system products. That should do it for the review on part number 853-1251, the Thule universal change key for Thule locks..


Customer Reviews

Universal Change Key for Thule Locks - 853-1251

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (127 Customer Reviews)

Remove your unlocked Thule lock with this master key and replace it with a Thule One Key System lock (sold separately) to make all your Thule locks keyed alike.

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Yup, does what it's supposed to do. If you need to install a lock core or remove a lock core to key everything alike, you will need one of these. I did have a Yakima blank on hand and surprisingly I was able to use it to install a Thule lock core. Unfortunately the Yakima blank would not work on the Thule core that I needed to remove to key my T2 rack all alike - needed the official Thule blank to remove the old core. Works as it should. 300213



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With this key, I was able to move four sets of Thule locks from an old set of car rack covers to a new set. No instructions were included, but it was so easy that none were needed. Use key lock to unlock the lock mechanism, use the universal key to remove the lock from the plastic cover, insert the lock in the new plastic cover, remove the universal key, and test lock (turn) with lock key. As short as this is, it almost takes longer to read it than it does to do it. 420428



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The Thule OKS (one key system) is brilliant! In under a minute the cylinders on my new to me roof box were swapped to match the cylinders in my rack. Shipping from etrailer was really quick and inexpensive too with the First Class USPS option for my small and light weight order. 346667



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Product accomplished what I had been looking for. The customer service people were a lot of help. 719302



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just what I needed -in the nick of time 717709



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Excellent product and price with fast s hipping. 714067



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Product works great. Just as advertised. 703742



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Worked like a charm! I was able to change out the locks to all my bike cables to the same lock. Took less than a minute. 688600



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Excellent product. 686661



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Exelent 681957



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Product is as advertised. Locks went in easy and stayed secure 677182



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Easy to navigate website. Product available and shipped fast. 672972



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The key did not work even though the lock number appeared on the list of recommended locks. 671870


Comments
The Thule Change key is meant to be used to remove and replace an existing lock core. It will only work if the lock is already unlocked.
-- Mike L - 07/20/2019

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Works just as described 661913



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Swapping lock cylinders with the Thule system is easy. I have several Thule products including bike rake with built in lock, locking cross bars for our cars, cargo box, and bought cylinders and the Change Key to replace cylinders so I only need one key for all our Thule products. 661827



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Perfect. Nothing else to add 662303



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Need old parts for your old Thule ski rack or old Thule bike rack?!!! Look no further than etrailer. I found everything I needed in order to throw away some old parts and hardware that was so sun damaged and time to get new. etrailer had every part and hardware items I was looking for. Definitely recommend this Seller to anyone! 658452



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Great product. Instructions would be handy, but not required, as they can be easily found on the web. 656426



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Works great 651293



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A great experience. I couldn't find exactly what I needed on the web site. When I asked for help the folks at etrailer sent me a link to exactly the products I needed. Very easy and I got the products I needed. 650836



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We bought Thule lock cores/keys/masterchangekey from etrailer - GREAT experience. The customer service team was attentive and wonderful - we made a mistake ordering online, which c.service helped us identified/isolate/fix. Our order arrived in a timely way, packed well, exactly as ordered and at a great price. Nicely done etrailer! 649394



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I needed to replace cargo box cylinder lock and this helped me a lot. I had accidently gotten half the key stuck which wasn't easy to take off, but managed and now I'm here writing this review stocked that it worked. I would recommend this for those wanting to change or replace - it worked as previous reviewers had commented, much appreciated. 634312



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This was my first purchase from etrailer.com and it will not be my last. What a customer focused group. I received the order in two day and the key worked perfect. Thank you! 628718



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Picked up a used Thule bicycle rack for my truck but it was missing a couple of locks. This "key" let's remove/install the locks. Works great, still have it. etrailer has been awesome to purchase from. They always seem to go above and beyond! 625582



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Worked great. Must have product 614422


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    For your replacement lock, I recommend the Universal Change Key for Thule Locks # 853-1251. This will allow you to remove any unlocked Thule lock cylinders and will be used to insert a new Thule lock cylinder. I've attached a video to assist. If you didn't already order a replacement, I'd recommend the Thule One-Key System Lock Cylinders - Qty 2 # TH450200. This will give you the master key to install and remove an unlocked cylinder. This will also give you two matching cylinders...
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    If you have the correct key for the lock core on your Thule Cargo Box Atlantic Cargo Box 686 and you are able to unlock this then you can use the Universal Change Key for Thule Locks part # 853-1251 so you can remove the old lock core and install your new lock core. The Universal Change Key for Thule Locks will be needed to install the new lock core as well.
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  • Thule Universal Change Key for Lock Core Installation and Removal
    Thule racks and carriers use replaceable lock cores that do require a special control key for removing and installing the (unlocked) cores. This key is included in lock core kits like # TH450200 (two lock cores) and # TH450400 (four lock cores). It is available on its own as part # 853-1251.
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  • How to Get Matching Thule Lock Cylinders
    In order to have all your Thule lock cores keyed alike, all the locks should use the same lock core. The number on the lock is the key number. If one of the locks you've got has the number "N082" stamped on it, and you'd like additional locks that use that same key, you'd order part # THLOCKN082. The locks are sold individually when you specify a lock number. You'll also need the change key, part # 853-1251 if you don't already have it.
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  • Why Doesn't Thule Cargo Box Allow Removal of Key When Unlocked
    That's actually by design. Thule doesn't want you forgetting that the box is unlocked and then accidentally drive off and have the lid fly open and the contents go everywhere!
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    Can you get the lock unlocked? If so you can insert the Thule change key # 853-1251 into the core and then pull the core out all the way and replace it with a new one like the part # THLOCKN166 and then use the new key part # THKEYN166. To install the new lock core you'd just reverse the process described.
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  • Replacement Lock Core and Key Recommendation for Sears X Cargo Box
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  • Installing Replacement Thule Lock Cores
    In order to remove or install a Thule Lock Core, the Change Key is needed. The core cannot be inserted without it. We offer a replacement change key as part # 853-1251. The core must be unlocked in order to use the change key to remove it. If you click the provided link, you can see a video showing how the change key works.
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  • What does the Thule Universal Key Do?
    The Universal Change Key for Thule Locks, # 853-1251, will allow you to remove your Thule lock and replace it with a Thule one key system lock, which we sell separately. The lock core does need to be unlocked in order to remove it with this key. The Thule One-Key System Lock Cylinders - Qty 2, # TH450200, comes with this universal key and two cylinders with keys. I've attached a video to help. If you are looking to simply replace a key, there is a number on the key lock itself that...
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  • How to Swap Lock Cylinders in Replacement Railing Foot for Thule Tracker II
    To change your Thule lock cylinders you will need to insert the Universal Change Key for Thule Locks # 853-1251 into your current, unlocked cylinders on the Thule foot for your Tracker II and work them loose until they are free. Once your cylinders are free, you can put them in your new Replacement Railing Foot for Thule Tracker II Foot Pack 753-2152 in the same manner you would with a new lock core. I have included a video for you showing how One Key System Lock Cylinders get installed...
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  • Thule Universal Change Key 853-1251 Compatibility with Lock Cores
    I confirmed with my Thule contact that the Thule Universal Change Key parts D1251 and # 853-1251 are indeed one and the same item. This key should work to remove your unlocked core # THLOCKN061 but it will NOT remove a core R048. Only cores that start with the letter code N are removable with the Universal Control key. Be sure your core N061 is unlocked before trying to remove it.
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  • Parts Needed to Remove a Thule Lock Cylinder and Replace it with a New Lock Cylinder
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  • How to Remove a Thule Lock Cylinder using a Universal Change Key # 853-1251
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    The lock core number isn't stamped on the outside of the core so the only way you could order a replacement key would be to get a locksmith to unlock the core and then use a change key like # 853-1251 to remove the core. Once removed the key number would be stamped on the core and with that you could order the correct replacement key. I wish that info was available with the serial number like what you listed but it is not. For example, if your core had 038 stamped on it you would want...
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