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Old 25 March 2010, 06:12   #1
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Help with Locked Roof Bars

I am looking for some advice. I have bought a new (to me) car which has some roof bars attached and locked. No key was provided for the bars and I want to remove them. I don't mind wrecking them as they are pretty crap and i have another set in the garage. There are no numbers on the locks to get replacement keys so I am considering drilling the locks.
Has anyone done this ? and helpful hints or tips?

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Old 25 March 2010, 07:44   #2
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A big screw driver and a big hammer would be my first try.
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Failing that jwalker has a special key that will open most things
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Thats an awkward one, so as not to damage the car roof ... I think you would have to drill the lock out, its bound to be a fairly simple lock, which secures the clamp that holds the bars on. It might be stainless though so its weatherproof
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If your not bothered about them, then surely hacksaw/angle grind them off from the other side (or is that too destructive?)
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If your not bothered about them, then surely hacksaw/angle grind them off from the other side (or is that too destructive?)
Angle grinder might be a bit harsh, the sparks will soon rust into the paint if its not completely covered.
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Thanks for the help

Combination of drilling, hammer & screwdriver and brute force did the trick.

Didn't have to resort to angle grinder

Thanks you all for your advice.

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Failing that jwalker has a special key that will open most things
is that a pikey
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