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Lost MC Key: Had one made from tank lock but not working for ignition..

The key was made from the tank and now it's not working to start the bike. Has anyone else experienced this? The locksmith said there should be code or number on the ignition somewhere that is for making keys. Does anyone know where this code is?
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The key was made from the tank and now it's not working to start the bike. Has anyone else experienced this? The locksmith said there should be code or number on the ignition somewhere that is for making keys. Does anyone know where this code is?
Not sure on the code, but I think the ignition uses 5 pins and the gas cap only uses 4. Not sure on the helmet locks.

If its not written on the lock itself you might need to take the whole ignition lock to the locksmith to get a key.

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The key code is located on the backside of the helmet lock. You have to bend the lock plunger to get to one of the screws.

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send me the year and ill have one of the locksmiths look it up on monday

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Since the key goes deeper in the ignition (5 pins) than the fuel tank (4 pins) a key made for the ignition will work the tank but a key made to fit the tank will not work the ignition.

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Since the key goes deeper in the ignition (5 pins) than the fuel tank (4 pins) a key made for the ignition will work the tank but a key made to fit the tank will not work the ignition.

I did not know that....thanks Fool for the education !


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JM2001, what exactly is the 'lock plunger' on the helmet lock? Goofin, it's a 1993 vn750.

So, as long as I can get the code, I will be able to get a key made without having to remove the ignition?

I ran into something while i was trying to put my tank back on: First, to get the tank off, there are 3 tubes running from the petcock on the gas tank to the carbs. The 2 tubes running off the side of the petcock were literally stuck on the metal nipples. I live in PA so it's cold and they were really on there. So I removed those 2 tubes from the carb ends. The other issue was while I was putting the tank back on, I had to finesse the tubes back on so I had to remove the petcock and then awkwardly fit the tank back on the petcock...(pain in the ass...). I got gas everywhere, lol. Anyway, when I was fitting the tank back on, I noticed the 2 side screws only screwed in so far, leaving the tank wobbly. I don't know if I lost a piece on each side or what. But I had the 2 screws, the metal-washer sleeves that go over, and the big circle on the tank to secure the screw to. Well I tightened both screws and the tank is still wobbly. Any ideas on that?
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Oh, yea, one other quick question. Will the petcock drain gas while it's removed off the bike? The locksmith that I took the tank to told me the tank wouldn't drain gas out of the petcock and he tried each petcock position.
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First, the tank bolts on the sides have two rubber washers each. If you are missing one or both the tank won't bolt solid.

The petcock is vacuum activated. Which means unless there is negative pressure in that third hose the petcock won't flow gas. This was meant as a safety feature so when the bike is not running it turns off fuel delivery.

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ok, great. Thanks. I will begin looking for a couple rubber washers. Do they remain on the tank or come off with the bolt and sleeve?
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