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Old 09-16-2002, 19:39   #1 (permalink)
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Tibbe Lock Conversion

I am thinking about converting my EA to Tibbe locks. Will the new locks just fit in the existing holes? I may even put EF/EL door handles in, I never use the passenger side lock from the outside. Will there be any problems fitting the ignition barrel? Does anyone know if its best to get the locks from a wrecker or if Ford sell lock sets? Is it possible so set up a smartlock system in an EA?? The central locking is already in place.
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Old 09-16-2002, 20:17   #2 (permalink)
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Not sure about smartlock, but the Tibbe locks are available from Ford - apparently the all-up cost is only $80 or so. This thread may offer some assistance.

http://discussions.fordforums.com/sh...ighlight=tibbe
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Old 09-16-2002, 22:13   #3 (permalink)
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I converted my ea s-pak to a tibble lock system. I bought the plastic poles and tibbles from ford and it only set me back $20 if not less. If you already have the central locking actuators the only thing I would suggest is buying new door trims so the tibbles fit flush. Converting them is a pain. I bought EB fairmont trims from the wreckers, cleaned them and installed them for about $140, all four. Hope this helps.
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Old 09-18-2002, 08:43   #4 (permalink)
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Nah don't buy new door trims... just get out the old trusty stanley knife and dodgy the door trims up a bit so the tibbe lock thing sits in there flush like I did. Just make sure you cut it out decent like, because the old non-tibbe hole will show if you don't cut it evenly.
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Im with donuts there, just cut the lock holes square so the lock buttons fit. I also did this. Be careful tho cos the length of the EA lock is axactly the same as the EB locks so dont go cuttin lengthwise or you will have small gaps on each side of the button.
You only need to make them wider towards the inside of the trim.
Dont bother with smartlock... it would be a pain in the ass to install coz u need to get an ECU with smartlock built in and only EB2 had them and was with the 4.0L so i dont know what kind of trouble you might get there. Just get an aftermarket alarm/immobiliser installed. Most alram systems now have a shock sensor built in so they far out do the smartlock system..

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Old 09-19-2002, 05:30   #6 (permalink)
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I just had a chat with my mate whos a Ford mecho, and he reckons that the tibbe locks are a pain in the rear end to put on a steering column of an EA/NA, and as with the smart lock, not to waste you time because it involves alot to much work, and it isnt really worth it
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Anyone have any definite prices for doing this?
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Old 10-06-2002, 03:25   #8 (permalink)
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The ignition barrel will wire up to the standard 6 pin in the car you just leave the smart lock wires disconnected.Use 2 shere bolts to fit the assembly then buy the lock and slide it in.

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