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I have a question regarding all the locks on our bike. I got a new Lock set off of eBay because i am having problems with my ignition switch, I broke a key off inside the Gas cap, and wanted to replace the helmet locks so I could continue to use one key. Once the set came in... I found that the Ignition switch housing is broken and had been repaired with JB Weld at least once. So I plan on separating the Lock tumbler from the plastic switch and using my old lock tumbler and switch housing and the "new" switch. Now on to the gas Cap and the Helmet locks... whats going to be easier... re-keying the locks on the gas cap to match the rest of my locks, or re-keying the ignition switch
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ohh and any information on how to do this would be a great help
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I worked at a building supply business 30 years ago, and watched home door locks being rekeyed a few times.
You could check at a stealship to see if they do it.
Or try a locksmith.

What you really need is the assortment of little cylindrical pins in the right length and diameter, that index against the cuts on the key.
OH, and how the lock cylinder slides out of the body. I think you are back to a lock smith.

I think some one here a few months ago rekeyed his helmet locks, and just used 1 or 2 pins that he salvaged from each lock to match up with the new key. The security is reduced, but if you don`t talk about it, no one is likely to know your lock is easier to pick.

Sorry I can`t give you any solid answers slim, just more questions to ask.


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cant u pull the key out ... i use a lock pick kit but any thin pice of metal with a barb on it can pull out a key ??? or was the other lock buggered ??? can pull a key code of the lock cylinder to get a key made if it was your last key that broke ...

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DuPont Teflon Multi-use Dry Wax Lubricant, available at Lowes, is an excellent lubricant. I've used it on locks, motorcycle chains and my Vulcan kickstand. Comes in a spray can with a straw. Doesn't attract dirt.

Might make it easier to slide the broken off key out as well as lubricate the locks.

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got the key out..thats not the issue...uppon getting the broken key out i fubared the gas cap. the reason that the key broke is that the locking mechanism is rusted solid...i alried tried tearing it apart and cleaning it, but it still binds, so i need new locks. The dealer will sell me a new gas cap, ignition switch, and the helmet locks and the tool box lock... but they want a small fortune for them... i found what I thought to be a deal on the lock set on eBay, but when it got here the ignition cylinder housing is broken beyond repair and doesn't turn all the way, but the switch itself checks out good, as does the lock tumbler... the gas cap is very pitted and in poor condition..., but I can take the locking mechanism from the eBay cap and put onto my cap and make a good cap, and the helmet locks look like junk, but the key opens and closes them very smoothly.

So what I am trying to do... is re-key my eBay gas cap to my old key configuration. I know I read on here some where that some one re keyed all the locks... I just can't find it... I wanted to print off the pictures and instructions so I could fallow the procedures very closely... I will figure this out on my own though and then post a write up for those who might need it in the future.
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Just my $.02 .... I've come across that the tank lock can be opened by almost any Kaw key. I opened mine with my friend's KZ1000 key and opened his with mine .... just a thoiught. I find it hard to imagine that the same lock tumblers are on a 79 and 87 bike of different models. Someone please prove me wrong!

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i have had wierder one... my moms old 83 toyota station wagon key opened the doors and started my Mazda B2000 Sundowner, but my keys didn't work on her car.
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How much security do you need on your gas tank lock? (I'd go with a single pin if I were in your shoes.)

And I think you're thinking of this thread on rekeying locks:

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that's what i was looking for
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