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TUFTY 25 March 2010 05:12

Help with Locked Roof Bars
 
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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?

Many Thanks

Tufty (Paul)

chewy 25 March 2010 06:44

A big screw driver and a big hammer would be my first try.

John Kennett 25 March 2010 07:25

Failing that jwalker has a special key that will open most things :D

Bigmuz7 25 March 2010 13:11

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 :]

RAD 25 March 2010 14:29

If your not bothered about them, then surely hacksaw/angle grind them off from the other side (or is that too destructive?)

chewy 25 March 2010 14:57

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Originally Posted by RAD (Post 345068)
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.

TUFTY 26 March 2010 09:33

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.

Cheers

Paul (Tufty)

biffer 26 March 2010 09:39

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Originally Posted by John Kennett (Post 344995)
Failing that jwalker has a special key that will open most things :D

is that a pikey


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