So the first thing to do before you begin installing keys to your KeySmart is to take apart the KeySmart. To do this, simply use a penny or some other coin to turn the screws counter clockwise and remove them and expose the key posts like shown below.
It’s hard to capture the installation process but it was pretty straight forward, install a key with a rubber disc in between each one. Below is with 3 keys installed as one key is being taken up by the keyfob ring (to the left). All of the keys were easy to get to and swung open without any issues.. I’m impressed so far! I installed the keys a bit differently than directed. Instead of maximizing the amount of space for keys, I spaced the keys in a way that they all could store nice and neat on top of one another. The instructions and documentation that I’ve found, along with images show the keys being closed into the KeySmart touching each other, instead of on top of each other. I prefer the neater look below that you get when you space the keys properly.
Below is a different view so that you can see the thickness of the KeySmart with (up to 4 keys) installed. Again, not quite as thick if the keys were not on top of each other.
Below is with my keyfob attached as well. This also gives you an idea of the actual size of the KeySmart.
Next, we’re going to install the extension posts which provides an additional six key capacity which gives us a total of ten keys that could potentially be installed. The posts screw on to the existing posts very easily. It literally took me three seconds to install these.
Below is the KeySmart with four keys, the USB drive installed, and the Keyfob hook. To be fair, this is equivalent to seven keys as the keyfob takes 1 key spot and the USB drive takes 2 key spots. I did find that it took a bit more work to get the USB drive on the KeySmart with the Keyfob hook and other keys. I had to utilize several spacers across from the USB drive to give enough clearance for the next key to be installed. I found that with this setup, it was very difficult to install even additional keys. While I was able to install two additional keys, it was very difficult and I do not see the 10th key fitting no matter how hard I tried. Again, the reason for this is the way that I had installed the keys on top of each other, rather than the way that KeySmart advertises, next to each other.
Without the USB Drive and the Keyfob I was able to install the 10 keys without too much effort but only when you add the USB drive, it seems you may begin losing an additional key in addition to the two that they state it takes up. Regardless, I am happy with the results. Just keep in mind when ordering one, you may want to go with two expansions to ensure you have enough space for all of your keys if you are looking to install the keys on top of one another.
Here is the USB drive extended. If SmartKey is able to reduce the length of the USB drive just by a fourth, some smaller keys could actually fit across from the USB drive, preventing the USB drive from taking up two key slots, when smaller keys are used. With my “on top of” installation of the keys, the USB drive takes up two key spots for the drive itself but also another two key spots on the left side (pictured above). So yeah, my way of installing the keys is probably not the best of ideas 🙂
Here is a look with all of the keys opened along with the USB drive.
To be completely fair with the review. I reinstalled my keys the way the KeySmart was meant to be used. You can see below how the keys look when they are touching each other, instead of on top of each other. It’s not quite as streamline as the on top installation method but the keys do not protrude outward too much. You’ll be able to maximize the amount of keys that can be installed with this method that KeySmart recommends.
Here’s a view with the keys opened.
Lastly, a side profile view to see the thickness.
The installation was actually much easier using the KeySmart method of installing keys as you do not need to “shim” and make adjustments for different thickness of keys.