2017 Ford Explorer Make Key with XP005L and Lishi Solution

One customer said, “I used a Lishi to decode a 2017 Ford Explorer lock, then my Xhorse Dolphin XP005L skips 2016-2018, so I chose the 2019 key. Pins 1-4 were missing, so I set them as 1, and Cut key doesn’t open door. Concerned if pin code choice (1 for pins 1-4) is the issue, I’m a new, small independent dealer entering key programming.”


  • Progression Cutting: To tackle this common locksmith challenge, let’s explore progression cutting. High-security systems don’t typically respond well to pins set at 1, so it’s important to understand this concept.
  • Navigate Xhorse’s Setup: If you have an original dolphin xp005l, great! Navigate to the vehicle database, choose Ford, then Explorer. Among the four options listed, the last one (HU101) is the correct choice.
  • Entering Data from Lishi: For the first four pins, leave them as question marks. Enter the data you obtained from your Lishi tool and hit “find bitting.” This will display matching results using the factory pinning, including your question marks.
  • Reducing Key Variations: By working with factory pinning results, you can narrow down your key options and minimize the number of keys you’ll need to cut during the progression process. This step simplifies finding the right key for the ignition.
  • Start Cutting: Begin by cutting the first key indicated by the progression. If it fails to unlock the door, double-check your Lishi readings; there might be a mistake in your input.
  • Cross-Verification: If you encounter a “NO results” scenario, cross-reference with other sources like online gcode to confirm the issue. It’s always good practice to verify your data in such cases.
  • Lishi Accuracy: Assuming your Lishi reading was accurate, the first key you cut should successfully operate the door. Proceed to the next step for ignition progression.
  • Ignition Progression Cutting: Continue the progression process, focusing on the ignition. You can save time and reduce errors by using the ‘cut by single-bitting’ method.
  • Patience is Key: Keep in mind that progression cutting might require cutting multiple keys, even five or more. This process takes time, but it’s crucial for achieving success.
  • Handle Sloppy Locks: Occasionally, door locks can be imprecise, and even being off by one cut might give you a working door key but not one for ignition. In these cases, reevaluate yourLishi readings for accuracy.


Remember, practice and patience are key in this process. By following these steps, you’ll improve your accuracy and effectiveness in dealing with decoding and cutting challenges. Good luck!