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#1 chorbats



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Posted 20 June 2007 - 09:18 PM

How long does a bumpkey last until one has to retire it? I've noticed that my key is looking pretty rough and isnt working as well as it first did. I think about a 1000 bumps is all it will last. Any comments?

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Posted 20 June 2007 - 11:18 PM

I don't think there really is a generic life span for a key. I will say it depends on the type of key. Usually the WR5's 'go' before, say, the SC keys do.

It also heavily depends on the user - I wish I could say 'after 500 bumps replace keys' but that answer just doesn't exist. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful :cool:

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#3 BLK


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Posted 21 June 2007 - 08:13 AM

My bump keys usually last about 1 or 2 uses. Then I lose them in the van somewhere and one day when I clean it out I will probably have a massive bump key sale!

I think (from personal experience and from talking to others) the 2nd bump key lasts longer due to the fact that practice and experience with a variety of locks makes the new bumper wiser and better able to finess a lock open instead of beating the crap out of the key trying to open a lock.
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Posted 21 June 2007 - 12:53 PM

If you're pounding on your bump key, give it a life of about a half-dozen uses. If you're gentle, it should last through thousands of bumps. The shape and size of the peaks is also a consideration... the sharper the peaks, the sooner it's going to get worn down.

#5 MrLocks


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Posted 03 May 2011 - 10:53 PM

That depend on the type of key and the way it is used. If it is used normally it can server last longer but unnecessary tension makes the life shorter.