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Old 01-25-2011, 09:43 PM
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PLASTIC! and of course I got robbed

Ok so I live in texas and of course carry a handgun, I don't always carry it on me but will hide it in a case. Well of course my gun came up missing, I looked all around the truck trying to find it, figuring it slid under the seat. Nope, no where to be found. I didn't think my truck got broken into since my H&S mini max was still hanging on the windshield. Thats when I looked at the driver's side door.

Low and behold, the lock cylinder had been pushed in allowing someone to jimmy open the door lock. Well after reporting the break in and the stolen hand gun to the police. I took the door apart to prevent someone from breaking into my truck again. What did I find, the freaking cylinder is only held in by a small piece of plastic.....WTF?

So I didn't even bother replacing the door handle with a new lock and cylinder, I just ordered the back driver's side door handle. Since it does not have a locking cylinder and I disabled all of the brackets within the door. I also disable the mechanical lock/unlock on the inside of the door. So the only way to unlock the door is electronically. gonna suck when the battery dies, but at least for now no one can get into my truck without the remote or code.

I sent a lovely email to Ford customer service, they didn't have much to say other than I should contact my insurance company!!!! Are they certious? I am very upset with Ford, my truck cost over $64,000 and they could care less, they already got their money out of me.

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Old 01-25-2011, 09:52 PM
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Bummer dude.
Before I get broken into (has not happened yet)
I did the same Door mod back when I got my truck.
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:00 PM
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Around my area there has been over 20+ ford superdutys stolen in the last 2 weeks in my county for this reason...Its hard to believe that these trucks cost so much and they are relatively easy to break into....
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:24 PM
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Do I hear class action law suit?
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How hard was it to change the door panel with no lock cylinder??.. What a joke about the plastic...
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:35 AM
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They have been breaking into these trucks the same way since 1999. Now since you removed the door lock they will just pry behind the door handle and mess up the door skin. Your best bet is an alarm and a GPS tracker.

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Old 01-26-2011, 11:00 AM
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How hard was it to change the door panel with no lock cylinder??.. What a joke about the plastic...
Very easy modification. the hard part is getting the replacement one painted to match as Ford does not sell them pre painted.
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Old 01-26-2011, 11:03 AM
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They have been breaking into these trucks the same way since 1999. Now since you removed the door lock they will just pry behind the door handle and mess up the door skin. Your best bet is an alarm and a GPS tracker.
This is very true, If a thief has identified your truck as their next target.
This mod will only slow them down. it wont stop them. I will say though if a thief is use to breaking into these trucks he will be confused when theirs no door cylinder to pry out. and when/if he does pryy out the handle assembly their will be no rod to pull upwards either. making it just that much harder to break in. these few seconds could be the difference
between a loss and a NON LOSS.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:13 AM
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Plastic behind the lock cylinder or not, They want in your truck they're getting in your truck... I'm sorry this happened and I understand your frustration but putting metal behind the cylinder is only going to slow them down.

And to whomever said class action lawsuit YOU are exactly what is wrong with this country. After that you can start suing glass companies for allowing it to break?

Good idea on the rear door handle for the front, hopefully it will deter them next time.
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That's why I installed the aftermarket Ford alarm in my SD. Very sad that these are so easy to steal. No excuse with today's technology. Although in this case, it's bad design/material that is causing the issue.
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