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Swapping Ignition / Lock Cylinders?

I own a 2003 Ranger 4.0 4X4.

I am wanting to swap a tilt steering column for my not-tilt column. I think everything is pretty straightforward, except I'm a little unsure of the ignition cylinder.

I want to keep the same key to my truck after switching columns. Can I just switch-out ignition cylinders?

Is it pretty easy to swap-out cylinders? Anything I should watch out for?

Any help is appreciated. AC.
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yes just switch the cylinder over, i believe all u have to do is pop off the black cover on top and bottom of the column and then on the underside of the cylinder there should be a release pin.
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you need to have the key in the tumbler to pull it out.
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Don't you also have to swap the PATS unit over too ?
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^ I think he's right. The older ones were just a straight swap... but not the newer trucks.
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yeah, i posted something about the pats deal on his post on rps. i would think that you do.
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what the heck is a pats unit, and is it an easy swap?
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pats is fords security thing i believe.
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Passive Anti Theft System? I think that's what it stands for anyways...
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