If desired, you may use this list to significantly reduce the number of foreign auto keys to stock since many keys are the same except for the bow. In some instances the substitute directly following the blank number must be used because of a longer neck or other differences. In certain other cases, many blanks may be interchangeable and the recommended substitution is just a matter of preference.

Keys that you don't need to stock are marked with an asterisk (*), even though you may wish to with some keys. Many of these keys are not very common and you may wish to purchase small quantities.

It should be noted that not all foreign keys have an "X" designation. There are many keys with other than "X" designations which have interchangeable substitutes.

- Early Blank Substitutions -

X1 use FT6R X7 use X114 X20 use X86 X54 use X121 X105 use KW14 X131 use X178
X2 use X4 X9 use X88 X26 use X178 X69 use X119 X106 use KW14R X139 use X203
X3 use X5 X10 use X114 X37 use X159 X77 use X120 X123 use X210 NE9 use X109
X6 use X115 X11 use TA6 X50 use X157 X85 use X92 X128 use X181 T61C use X137
See Notes at bottom of page regarding X105 and X106

-BMW3-BMW. This is an 11 wafer version of the X59 (10 wafer). May use for X59 if shortened.
*X145-B55-Use X159. NOVA. This is standard old Toyota bitting specs.
*X146-B56-Use X137. NOVA secondary. You can also use up your old T61C(T80R) blanks for this one.
 X147-RN30 RENAULT Ign. Some '86+. Slot in tip of key.
 X148-PG5-PEUGEOT secondary. Used on some '85 - '91 505 models.
*X149-RN30-Use X147. Same as X147 except with square bow.
*X150-RN27-Use AMC/Chrysler/Jeep key. RENAULT secondary. Domestic AMC/Chrysler key w/Renault bow. Strattec 60 groove.
 X151-TR39-TOYOTA. '86+ Celica Liftback, some other models 1988+. Key has 7 depths. Odd depths used in odd spaces, even=even.
 X152-FT46-YUGO Ign. only, all years. Some Fiat and Alfa Romeo models. Sub for NE59.
 X153-YU1-YUGO secondary key on early models. Are there any Yugos still on the road?
 X154-B54-ISUZU Tiltmaster and GMC Forward trucks 1984+. (Reverse X123/X210).
 X155-IV1-IVECO Trucks. Same profile as X152 but longer blade. If you really had to, you could shorten and use for X152.
*X156-????????? Non-existent number.
 X157-LF17-Replaces X50. ROVER, MASERATI, etc. (Longer neck than X50).
 X158-B57-ISUZU Tiltmaster and GMC Forward trucks 1986-'89. Longer neck version used for later trucks. You must trim down width at the shoulder so it will enter the door locks. This is a X245 etc. without the center grooves. It will work, but is weaker. See notes on Isuzu truck.
 X159-TR37-TOYOTA various models. Sub for X37 and X145. (Same as X37 with longer neck). Makes X37 obsolete.
*X160-HY2-Use X196. HYUNDAI. X196 has longer neck for Excel.
*X161-HY3-HYUNDAI. Suggest do not stock. May use X187. Not used on cars in U.S.A.?
 X162-B59- CADILLAC Allante secondary. X8 will substitute if shortened. Use all those X8 keys you mistakenly bought in the '70's.
 X163-BL11-MACK truck etc.
*X164-HD86-Obsolete. Was HONDA valet. Use X181, or X190 if valet desired.
*X165-HD84-Obsolete. ACURA. Use X181.
 X166-FT48-1986-'89 ALFA ROMEO Milano.
 X167-YU2-YUGO secondary. Used on later models. (The earliest Yugos used the Fiat keys for secondary application)
 X168-B61-Pontiac LEMANS (Korean). Same bitting specs as BMW/Mercedes. Use as a mechanical key for Cadillac Caterra (transponder).
 X169-WB3-FORD CARGO VAN. Same key as WB2 for JAGUAR. (Same profile as X55 but shorter + different shoulder offset).
*X170-NE48-Use X239. STERLING (Same profile as X29 Volvo but milling farther back). Can use for Volvo, but X29 is really better.
?X171-RN31-RENAULT Mediallion wagon secondary. (Same as X147 without the slot). Can use X147. Only used 1 or 2 years.
*X172-HD88- Obsolete. HONDA Civic. Use longer X214.
*X173-HD89-Obsolete. HONDA Civic valet. Use longer X215.
 X174-TR40-TOYOTA Popular keyway. Same bitting specs and reverse of X176/245.
 X175-RN32-'88-'92 EAGLE Premier/DODGE Monoco ignition only.
*X176-MIT1-Use X245. MITSUBISHI Popular keyway. Same bitting specs and reverse of X174.
 X177-JA2-JAGUAR.. Used only on '88 - '89 XJ6 Ignition and doors.
?X178-M16-Use X202 or modify for Capri .See X202 and notes at the end. MAZDA, PROBE, etc. Same profile as X131 but with #4 tip cut.
*X179-SUZ12-Use X241 (which is much longer neck and large bow, so maybe stock this anyway).Later SUZUKI motorcycles.
*X180-B69-Use X198. GEO TRACKER. Can sub for X186 and X198.
 X181-HD90-HONDA Car. Longer. Makes X128 obsolete. Use for all 3001 to 4481 codes applications.
*X182-HD91-Use X214. HONDA '90's+. This shorter key may get stuck if used in later locks .
*X183-HD92-Use X181. ACURA.
*X184-B65-Use X245. GEO Metro.
*X185-SUZ15-Use X245. SUZUKI Swift.
*X186-SUZ17-Use X198. SUZUKI Sidekick. Can sub for X180 and X198.
 X187-HY4-HYUNDAI 89-94 Sonata. (This is a 7 wafer Toyota X159 keyway). Can use for X159 if shortened, but ugly bow.
 X188-MZ17-MAZDA 10-cut. The preferable blank to use for applications with center grooves. Later cars use X244 (no center grooves).
*X189-HD93-Use X190 or do not stock. ACURA valet. Is X183 w/precut tip.
?X190-HD94-Pref. do not stock. HONDA valet. This is X181 with precut tip to #3 depth.
*X191-HD95-Use X215. HONDA valet. (Thicker blade).
*X192-B72-Use X174. GEO Prizm 1989-'92. Later Prizims use X217.
*X193-HD96-Use X214. ACURA Integra.
*X194-HD97-Use X215, ACURA Integra valet. (Thicker blade).
*X195-HD98-Use X214. HONDA Accord.
 X196-HY5-HYUNDAI Excel/Scoupe. Sub for X160 (Longer neck). Same bitting specs as old Toyota (X137,etc.), but 7 spaces.
*X197-DA30-Use X123 or X210. NISSAN 300ZX. This is an X210 with a goofy offset bow. Yech.
 X198-B74-1990+ ISUZU pickup. Sub for X180 and X186 (or X224 if you precut tip to #4). Blade is slightly longer than X180 and X186. You should trim back slightly if used for these, because the key tip stops in the glove box. All of these keys use Mazda 10-cut bitting specs.
?X199-MZ20-MAZDA. Valet for X178. (Tip not precut). Who needs a valet for a Mazda?
*X200-MZ22-Use X230. MAZDA. Valet for X201 and X188. (Tip not precut).
*X201-MZ19-Use X188. MAZDA some.
?X202-H59-FORD Probe, Festiva, Tracer, Capri. The Ilco version doesn't have the widened portion near the bow like the X178 etc. This key can be safely used on the Capri where this matters. See notes below on this. I prefer to stock X178 and modify for the Capri.
 X203-V37-VOLKSWAGEN and AUDI. Use for X139. May use X88 if desired, but X203 is a better choice becaue of strength.
*X204-HD99-Use X214. '91+ ACURA NSX master.
*X205-HD100-Use X215. '91+ ACURA NSX valet.
*X206-MZ25-Use domestic Ford 10 cut blank. '91+ MAZDA Navajo.
*X207-H63-Use X202. '91+ Capri convertible secondary. Same keyway and specs as primary, just a different bow.
*X208-HD101-Use X181. ACURA Legend master.
*X209-HD102-Use X190. ACURA Legend valet.
 X210-DA31- '91+ Nissan/INFINITI. This and the X243 are identical. See note under X243.
*X211-TR44-Use X174. '91+ TOYOTA Celica coupe.
*X212-TR46-Use X151. '91+ TOYOTA Celica Liftback.
?X213-MIT2-Pref. do not stock. Valet for X176. This is X176 w/precut tip. You may make your own if desired.
 X214-HD103-'91+ HONDA Accord EX Wagon master. Longest version. (X182/172 keyway).
?X215-HD104-'91+ HONDA Accord EX Wagon valet. (thicker blade). Do you need a valet? Must have if you want valet.
*X216-HY6-Use X236. '92+ HYUNDAI Elantra.
 X217-TR47-TOYOTA '92+ Camry. '93+ general Toyota/Geo many models. Rotten split wafer design that is prone to failure.
?X218-TR49-Pref. do not stock. TOYOTA valet. This is X159 w/precut tip. Make your own.
?X219-TR48-Pref. do not stock. TOYOTA valet. This is X174 w/precut tip. Make your own.
?X220-TR50-Pref. do not stock. TOYOTA valet. This is X217 w/precut tip. Make your own.
*X221-H65-Use X188. FORD Probe '93+.
*X222-MZ27-Use X188. '93+ MAZDA 10-cut. Center grooves are wider than X188, but apparently X188 will enter all applications of this key
 X223-TR53-93+ TOYOTA Corolla Wagon. New keyway! (Why do they do it?). Limited usage.
?X224-MIT3-May us X198. '93+ MITSUBISHI Mirage master. Tip is precut to #4 depth on this key but not on X198.
*X225-B80-Use X217. '93 GEO Prizm. Same as Toyota Camry
 X226-HYD12-HARLEY DAVIDSON. Thank you finally! Not popular, but around many years.
*X227-DA32-Use domestic 10 cut Ford. '93 NISSAN Quest.
*X228-DA33-Use domestic 10 cut Ford.
?X229-MIT5-May use X198. '93+ MITSUBISHI Mirage valet. (Tip not precut). Do you really need this key?
?X230-MZ29-MAZDA Valet for X222 etc. Must have to make valet key. (Tip not precut). How often do you need a valet for Mazda?
 X231-H70-1994+ FORD Aspire. Nice THICK key blank. They still break easy.
 X232-HY12-HYUNDAI Sonata '95+. Reverse of X216, X236.
?X233-KK1-Kia Sephia. May use X240 even though the X240 has a small bow.
 X234-HYD13-HARLEY DAVIDSON New. Super Glide, Sportster.
 X235-HY13-1995+ HYUNDAI Accent. Same bitting specs as X216 etc.
 X236-HY14-1997 HYUNDAI Tiburon, Elantra. Use for X216.
*X237-DA34-Use X251. 1997+ NISSAN 10-cut. New keyway. Tip stop. Same keyway and specs as X251. Tip angle not as steep as X251. All codes in the Nissan series use a 2,3 or 4 depth for tip cut. May use for X251 by blunting tip.
?X238-DA35-Valet for the X237. Blade slightly thicker than X237. Do you really need this key?
 X239-RV4-LAND ROVER and FORD Cargo Van ignition. Will replace X170 Sterling and X29 Volvo if you wish. Key is big and ugly.
 X240-KK2-1995+ KIA Sportage. Same specs and keyway as X233. Neck is longer. You may wish to use X233 when possible. Key is ugly.
 X241-SUZ18-SUZUKI Cycle '96+. Later 7-cut key. Same bitting specs as X248. Can sub for X179.
*X242-DA37-Use Ford 8-cut. 1996+ NISSAN Quest and others.
*X243-DA38-NISSAN. Use X210. This key was introduced to be a nickel silver version of the X210. Then they (Ilco) changed to nickel silver on several other keys, retaining the number. Then nickel silver was discontinued on some. I know not, the future composition of this key.
?X244-H76-'96+ ESCORT, TRACER. May use X188 etc. Same as X188, only two center grooves missing. This key much stronger and really should be used where applicable. See notes Mazda 10-cut.
 X245-MIT4-CHRYSLER, MITSUBISHI. Use for X176, X184 etc. Reverse of Toyota X174.
 X246-HD105-HONDA Cycle. Reverse of X252. Same code series is used on the X84. Better know your application when coding a key.
*X247-MZ30-Use Ford 8-cut. MAZDA Pickup.
 X248-YM63-YAMAHA cycle '93+. Later 7-cut key. Same bitting specs as X241.
*X249-MZ31-Use X244. 1997 MAZDA Protege. May also use X188, but the X244 is much stronger.
*X250-B101-Use X214. Isuzu, Honda sport utility vehicle.
 X251-SUB1-1998 SUBARU Forester. Same keyway and specs as X237. The tip angle is steeper to allow a #1 depth to operate in the tip position. All the keys in the Subaru code series use a #1 depth in the tip position.
 X252-HD108-Honda Cycle. Reverse of X246. Same code series is used on the X138. Better know your application when coding a key.
*X253-KK3-Use X267. Obsolete. '98 KIA Sephia.
*X254-KA20-Use X120 or X77. '95+ Kawasaki ATV. Code series 101K to 175K.
*X255-KA21-Use X119 or X69. '95+ Kawasaki ATV. Code series 176K to 250K
*X256-KA22-Use X117              '95+ Kawasaki ATV. Code series 251K to 325K.
*X257-KA23-Use X118              '95+ Kawasaki ATV. Code series 326K to 400K.
 X258-KA24-'97+ Kawasaki ATV. Code series G113112-144342                            *
 X259-KA25-'97+ Kawasaki ATV. Code series H113112-144342                            *
 X260-KA26-'97+ Kawasaki ATV. Code series J113112-144342 - See notes for more on this 5 key series.
 X261-KA27-'97+ Kawasaki ATV. Code series K113112-144342                            *
 X262-KA28-'97+ Kawasaki ATV. Code series L113112-144342                             *
 X263-MIT6-'99 Mitsubishi Galant. Later years are transponder.
?X264-MIT7- Valet for X263. Thicker blade. Do you really need a valet key for a Galant?
 X265-HD109-Newer 8-cut long Honda cycle. Same bitting specs as the Honda auto X181 etc.
*X266-KA16-Use X103. Kawasaki. See Notes - Kawasaki "Z" codes. Will not work for all locks on the bike.
 X267-KK4 KIA. Longer neck than X253. Bitting specifications are the same as old Toyota (X137, etc), but 8 spaces instead of 6.
*X268-DA39-Use X251 (or X237). '02 Nissan truck. Has rectangular bow.

---- NOTES -----

Old Datsun and Nissan. X114 may be used for all the old Datsun X7 applications. When introduced in '81, the X114 became the master and X7 remained as a valet key. X114 will enter all the earlier locks. The same may is true for the reverse keyways used on Subaru and some Datsuns (X115 and X6). Do not use or confuse X6 with X210, etc. They are different.

Mazda 10-cut. X222 has wider center grooving than X188, however X188 may be used for X201, X221, X222, X244 and X249 Mazda/Ford applications. These are all the same bitting specification and code series. The X244 and X249 do not have the center millings and therefore much stronger and better to use where possible, such as 1997+ Escort, Protege, etc.

Mazda 7-cut. The Ford Capri from about '91 on uses the Mazda 7-cut key and will not allow blanks such as the X178 etc. to enter the ignition all the way because of the widened portion of the blade near the bow. These ignitions may be identified by ears similar to typical domestic Ford locks. You can use the Ilco X202 in these because it does not have this widened portion, or you may easily trim down the widened portion on the other blanks. Even though I listed the X202 as preference because it will work all the applications, I actually use a modified X178 because it looks better.

Hyundai. Keys such as X236 etc. are very similar to the X176 etc., and may be mistaken as interchangeable. There are two differences. The keys are slightly different milling geometry leaving a thicker blade with other differences in the profile, and the bitting specification uses a smaller increment leaving more metal on a deep cut. The same is true of the reverse keyways X232 etc. and X174 etc.

Isuzu Truck. The large diesel trucks from 1986 and up use X158 which has a precut tip not found on the original keys. It is also slightly longer than the original keys and can be trimmed easily. It is important to note the shoulders are too wide to enter the door locks and must be trimmed slightly. The later trucks use the same blade, but with a much longer neck. As far as I know, there are no replacement blanks available for the later key. You can use the X245 which is really the same bitting specifications, and uses the "N" code series for this key is the same as one of the code series' used for the X245 application. You may also grind back the bow on the X158 for later trucks, but it looks horrible.

VW and Audi. X88 will work for X9, X139 and X203 applications with exception the bow will stop against the dash on some later model Audi's preventing full insertion. X139 and X203 are slightly stronger keys. You may also use X9 for all, if it is the later version (milling changed in early 80's). Many late model Audis have transponder antenna coils attached to the ignition, but the equipment is not active. This adds dimension to the front of the lock, which may require you to trim back the bow on some keys to operate properly.

Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha. The relationship of a few of these key series would suggest some are the same lock manufacturer. One of the old Suzuki and Yamaha series in the 1980's used a group of six keyways. The first character of the code was a letter (A to F) which specifies the keyway, followed by five numbers which are either a reverse direct digit code, or a conversion code. At the time, Taylor produced four blanks (X117 thru X120) to use for these six key series. The X117 was milled to enter both the C and E series, and the X118 was milled to enter the D and F series. Ilco still makes the X117 and X118 but the catalog illustrations suggest they are not composite milled anymore. There is some confusion here because blanks I have purchased very recently are milled to pass two keyways each, unlike the catalog illustrations. They now also make two keys specific for the other two keyways (YH50 and YH51) which completes the group of six.

The five latest Kawasaki keys X258 thru X262 appear to be the same keyways as five of the original six keyways used for Suzuki and Yamaha. Both the Yamaha/Suzuki and the newer Kawasaki use a letter to indicate the blank, and the Kawasaki series is followed by the actual cuts in reverse order just like the old series'. Other than different keyway letter designations, this series uses six cuts instead of five. The older keys have a longer neck, so it would be possible to file the shoulders back one space and use the older keys for the X258 thru X262.

Additionally, the four additional Kawasaki ATV keys (X254 thru X257) are the same keyways as the old X117 thru X120, and the old blanks may be used for the newer application. The bitting specifications for all these keys are identical (4-depth system). Earlier Yamaha keys (X62, X63 etc.) use the same spacing, but a 3-depth system with a greater increment.

Kawasaki "Z" series keys. The X103 has been used since the 1979 on certain Kawasaki motorcycles, and the applicable code series is Z5001-6000. In 1999, a new ignition lock appeared labeled KM-8, and it also uses the Z codes but requires a key with a longer neck. The newer X266 is a longer version of the X103, but it will not work for the new locks because the neck is too short. Additionally, the X266 will not operate all the locks on a bike which would use the X103, because the thickness of the shoulder stops are the same thickness as the blank, unlike the X103 which has the stops thinned. The only known replacement blank for the KM-8 ignition is the Silca KW16CP which is steel. This is somewhat obscure in this country, but one source is Blue Dog Keys.

Kawasaki X105 and X106 keys. These were originally for the A and B direct digit code series. The current version of these two keys are milled different than the old Taylor versions. The difference is the center web, which is thinner on the old version. Use the newer KW14 and KW14R blanks which are milled like the old X105 and X106.

Honda X42 and X43 keys. The current versions of these two keys are very different from the original Taylor blanks, and they will not enter locks of the old intended applications. It appears you can use HD65, HD66, HD67 and HD68 as replacements where needed.


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