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Old 11-04-2012, 04:51 PM   #1
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I own a good size "Liberty" safe with an electronic locking mechanism. Has anybody here ever looked into how hard it would be to switch-out this and re-install a spin-dial combination lock? Dealer wants $175 to do the job. It seems easy enough to buy the new parts, but the DIY is my question.

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Old 11-05-2012, 06:47 PM   #2
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Good question! I would bet you need at least a local locksmith.

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My users manual says the warranty will be voided if you don't use a locksmith for any lock work. I went with a spinner on my Liberty because I wanted it to be working long after I had quit. We'll see I guess. Well maybe I won't.

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What did this change cost you jeff56?

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You will need the services of a qualified Locksmith for the lock conversion.

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I own a good size "Liberty" safe with an electronic locking mechanism. Has anybody here ever looked into how hard it would be to switch-out this and re-install a spin-dial combination lock? Dealer wants $175 to do the job. It seems easy enough to buy the new parts, but the DIY is my question.

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Its simple to do. my dad did the change this weekend bought the lock at a gun show from a dealer he explained how to do it and it took 5 minutes if you have any mechanical sense dont waste your money on locksmith.
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Took the spinner off of my Diebold vault door and replaced it with
a digital. Took about 30 minutes. No magic involved. I realize
you are asking the opposite----but it's probably just as easy
going the other way.

I kind of liked the spinner--but my wife COULD NOT operate it
consistently. Now? Picked a 2 word phrase for the combo,
and she has no problem.

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I didn't change mine. It came as a spinner. I had to look far and wide to find what I wanted with a spin lock and when I did I found a great deal on it too. $1100 for a Fatboy Jr. plus $150 delivered and installed and that's about a 100 mile delivery. I would have liked some heavier steel but I couldn't pass up the deal. It's good enough for my gun collection I guess. I'll be adding on extra security measures.

I really like spinner locks because they last longer. Electronics don't last that long from what I hear.

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I didn't change mine. It came as a spinner. I had to look far and wide to find what I wanted with a spin lock and when I did I found a great deal on it too. $1100 for a Fatboy Jr. plus $150 delivered and installed and that's about a 100 mile delivery. I would have liked some heavier steel but I couldn't pass up the deal. It's good enough for my gun collection I guess. I'll be adding on extra security measures.

I really like spinner locks because they last longer. Electronics don't last that long from what I hear.
Where did you get yours from?
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Borders in Ashland, Kentucky.

http://www.borderssportinggoods.com/

They have higher prices on the web than they do in the store usually. But I found this safe online at the price I paid for it and that's the curbside price. I guess I paid just for installation. I've bought a lot of stuff from them over the years. I've bought several guns there and they have treated me exceptionally well on all of them.

Here's the safe I bought:

http://www.libertysafesofappalachia.com/safe-fatboy-jr-safes-ps-10.html?tab=colors

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