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I have an 08 EX-L. I am interested in locking the in-floor storage compartment. The '08 compartment latch handle does not have a lock, but the '07 does. In the service manual, The '08 handle looks the same as the '07, except with a blank trim piece over the cylinder hole instead of the surround trim piece on the '07, and of course there is no cylinder. Pulling the mechanism, it looks the same, minus the cylinder and trim piece that surrounds it.

However, the manual does not show enough detail of the mechanism to be sure if I order the parts.

Does anyone know if I can buy an '07 cylinder and retainer clip and trim piece and use it?
 

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Per the parts guy at my local dealer, a new latch and cylinder for an '07 Touring should work, total $60. I'll find out next week.
 

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What color interior is it? (If you don't know give the exterior) Depending on what it is, you could check a bone yard, but it depends on the color. If this is an option you should have a pretty big selection since all 05 and 06 EXL's have them. Then all you'd need to do is switch out the cylinder with a glove box one. Also, keep in mind you will need a new carpet if you want the smaller door.
 

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Cntrtwnltd said:
What color interior is it? (If you don't know give the exterior) Depending on what it is, you could check a bone yard, but it depends on the color. If this is an option you should have a pretty big selection since all 05 and 06 EXL's have them. Then all you'd need to do is switch out the cylinder with a glove box one. Also, keep in mind you will need a new carpet if you want the smaller door.
You are THE MAN!

After reading your post, I pulled the entire glove box latch assembly (two retaining screws) and installed it in the in floor storage lid. It works! Except for the plastic handle piece and the plastic trim piece around the lock cylinder, the basic mechanism is the same (with one internal part different as noted below). The glove box handle and trim pieces are a little small for the grab hole (and are textured versus smooth) and show a little of the mechanism, but they work!

So someone could order the glove box latch/lock assembly and be able to lock their in floor storage compartment. Get the proper handle and lock cylinder trim pieces, and you are aesthetically good to go.

Looking at the two assemblies, there are 5 differences:

1. Handle is smaller and textured for glove box.

2. Lock cylinder trim piece is smaller, textured, and has a hole for cylinder for glove box.

3. Glove box has a lock cylinder in the cylinder hole.

4. Glove box has a retainer clip to hold the lock cylinder in place.

5. Most importantly, the glove box has a different interface plate at the bottom of the cylinder hole. This connects the lock cylinder to the arm which locks/unlocks the latch. In the glove box latch it is smaller in diameter and rotates between the limiter ridges that run the length of the cylinder. In the storage latch (that has no lock cylinder) it is larger and fits the entire cylinder hole. To add a lock cylinder this piece would have to be replaced with the same one as the glove box latch, or it could be filed/Dremelled to the correct shape given the time and patience.
 

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So I guess you don't care about the smaller storage door? And also just to clarify, the only the 07 Tourings had the lockable storage. You have to go back to 06 to find it in the EX & EXL's.
 

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Cntrtwnltd said:
So I guess you don't care about the smaller storage door? And also just to clarify, the only the 07 Tourings had the lockable storage. You have to go back to 06 to find it in the EX & EXL's.
I'm not sure why I would want a smaller storage door - I just want to lock the door I have. The parts guy at the dealer said he was ordering the storage compartment latch/lock mechanism for the '07 Touring and that should work, along with a lock cylinder. Parts total is around $60. I would prefer to order the 5 pieces I need (handle, lock cylinder trim piece, retainer clip, cylinder, and rotating cylinder plate) and upgrade the existing mechanism, but not sure if you can order the parts separately.
 

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The main idea of the smaller door is to provide access from the front seats, but you would also need a new floor mat with the cut out. Also remember that if your dealing with a gray interior, the most common, an 08 interior is a different color than an 07. Just something to keep in mind when you are ordering parts.
 

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The 2007 Touring infloor storage latch/lock assembly works perfectly for this application for my 2008 EXL. Supposedly it can be rekeyed to your regular or valet key, but it costs $60 at my local locksmith and I am not going to have this done.

The two part numbers ordered (gray interior) were:

Lock/latch assy - 84530-SHJ-A21ZC

This part, as mentioned before since it was for a 2007 Touring, was a little darker than my 2008 EXL.

Lock cylinder (includes 2 keys) - 84531-SHJ-A21

Total $49, before tax.
 

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My 2008 Touring came with a slightly messed up storage compartment handle/latch so I assumed it was mostly a lock cylinder that I was missing, but after reading this thread I think mine also came with no lock. Here's what mine looks like:

View attachment 147035

Was there just a blank cover over the circular area that in previous years contained a lock cylinder? If so, I think I'll pick up the two part numbers mentioned above to add a little security to that compartment.
 

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Just noticed another thread that someone mentioned posting photos in 'quick' mode doesn't work, so trying again in advanced mode.

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