Well everyone; just wanted to provide an update to anyone that ventures into this post searching for a solution to this problem. Basically I was able to remove the old lock cylinder WITHOUT drilling it by sheer luck. Here is how I did it:
1) Remove the entire shifter cover assembly. (You can find instructions on Evolutions website on how to do that)
2) Remove the lock security assembly. It's plugged in and it's the plastic portion that sits around the lock cylinder itself.( When functioning, it senses your key fob and is programmed to your fob.)
3) With this removed, you can attempt to remove the lock cylinder by depressing the tab at the base, however this usually can't be pressed in until you are able to turn the key. Thus the cyclic issue of not being able to remove th cylinder. What I did here was originally plan to drill out the cylinder. When beginning that, I noticed that the plastic around the cylinder seperated into two sections that split in half. All I did was gently used a flathead screwdriver and pried the two halves apart while pulling up on the cylinder and eventually got it free. Be careful though because you can save the cylinder housing. Once you get the old one out, you can slip the new one in without issue.
Note: I didn't have the cylinder on hand, so I was forced to improve when driving the car. Of you want to be able to drive the care by using a screwdriver then this is what you can do:
- Once the old cylinder is removed, reconnect the security assembly and plug it back in.
- Place the key fob ON TOP of the cylinder housing hole. (it will not sense the key anywhere else)
- Turn the ignition using a flathead screwdriver.
Note: Once the car starts you can set the fob aside. Your good to go.
I'm going to write up a tutorial for this repair because I've never found a suitable solution in any forums I scoured and I'm positive others will want help on this. Until then; just message me and I can assist you.
Glad to finally have the issue resolved!