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Old 09-23-2009, 11:35 AM   #1
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NooB- Lost Keys/Ignition Replacement

Hi,
I need help/advice with my lost key situation. The locksmith is telling me it will cost $300, no way!!! I am looking into replacing the ignition/gas cap/ fork lock/ and helmet holder.

Has anyone here done this? Will I be able to take the lock off my fork, it is currently in tho locked position.


Any thoughts and/or encouragement welcome...


Also, do they make an automatic ignition, that would be rad?!

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Old 09-23-2009, 12:37 PM   #2
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Don't suppose you wrote down the key code that's on the original keys? If yes, a locksmith can duplicate one. Have you contacted a Honda dealer? They may be able to get the key code or match it to the VIN.

If worse came to worst, you could buy a matching set of used locks (ignition, tank, helmet, forks) from ebay or a salvage yard. Probably gonna have to take a hacksaw to the fork lock though.

PS: ALWAYS HAVE A SPARE KEY!!! Preferably on you, hidden on the bike, or at home.
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:13 PM   #3
 
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Hi,
I need help/advice with my lost key situation. The locksmith is telling me it will cost $300, no way!!! I am looking into replacing the ignition/gas cap/ fork lock/ and helmet holder.

Has anyone here done this?
I haven't, and I wouldn't attempt it. Of course, I am a locksmith, so I'd just fit a key to it. Still, what you're thinking of doing is hours of work, coupled with frustration, and in the end you'll end up with four different keys to lose, and that's only if you get the correct properly working used locks (with keys) to begin with.

It sounds to me, judging by the quoted price and by the fact that the fork is locked, that the locksmith is going to charge you a service call to come to the bike. Can you and a buddy muscle your Rebel onto a trailer or truck bed and drive it in to get serviced? You might save some money that way. Also, call around to get different quotes - prices in this industry vary greatly from shop to shop. Still, it's not terribly hard to impression a key to a Rebel, so you shouldn't have to pay more than an hour's labor.

One last thing, if you have to have a locksmith come to you, watch out for a nationwide scam that's been growing. Try these tips to protect yourself:
0) Be wary of full sized ads in the yellow pages with many different phone numbers listed, especially ones that don't list a business address. If a lock shop is successful enough to afford all that, you should be able to easily find out more about the company via search engine.
1) If an address is provided, look it up on Google street view or MS Live Bird's-eye view. Does it look like a lockshop? If it looks like a gas station, or a library or an empty lot, etc, don't bother.
2) Ask to talk to the person that will be coming to meet you. If that's "not possible", keep calling around.
3) When the locksmith arrives, and before they start working, have them tell you again how much it's going to cost. If it doesn't jive with what you were told over the phone, politely decline service. If they try to collect money from you at this point "just for coming out", offer to call a police officer to explain to them what "bait-and-switch" means.
4) Get a recommendation from a friend, family member, or co-worker.
5) Of course, do not provide any payment information before the work is done.


If you want, you could send me a PM with your town and state, and I might be able to recommend someone.
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Old 09-24-2009, 09:56 AM   #4
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I found the parts I need online and I think I am going to try and do it myself. The locksmiths out here in Brooklyn all seem very shady and I would rather take a stab at myself before I wake up one day and my bike is missing.

The ignition set comes with an ignition, gas cap, fork lock, and set of keys. Trust me I wont be losing these.

I will post a new thread about switching out an ignition and any difficulties I may encounter.

Wish me luck!
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:36 AM   #5
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Sounds like a solution. I called the local Honda shop and learned that the key code is stamped on the ignition switch. If you can remove it and locate the numbers/letters of the code, a locksmith or Honda should be able to cut a key for it. You may need to provide proof of ownership (title/registration) before they'll do it. Good luck!

There are no guarantees that a bike won't be stolen. If there is a likelihood of that happening, be aware that the Rebel is light enough a couple of guys can pick it up and put it in the back of a truck. A good sized chain and tamperproof lock are good insurance.
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Old 09-29-2009, 05:28 PM   #6
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thx

I was coming back to say that exact same thing, i found out that th code is stamped on the bike under the ingition and/or helmet holder. so i will be checkin this out tonight and I am hoping to have a key soon!!!

Thx again!
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IF you do get a set off the interweb, depending on what year your bike is, the gas cap may not be vented...
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IF you do get a set off the interweb, depending on what year your bike is, the gas cap may not be vented...
And if your tank isn't vented, ya got a problem!
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For sure.

So now that i have the code, all the shops are saying they can make a key from a key code.

How frustrating. I am looking at getting an ignition set online, any have any recommendations as to where I can buy one?

I have tried the ebay route and have been scammed, I am going to make a claim with paypal for that.
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For sure.

So now that i have the code, all the shops are saying they can make a key from a key code.

How frustrating. I am looking at getting an ignition set online, any have any recommendations as to where I can buy one?

I have tried the ebay route and have been scammed, I am going to make a claim with paypal for that.
They CAN make a key, or CAN'T make a key? I just called the local locksmith I use and they tell me if it's a valid code, they can make a key with proof of ownership. Are the shops telling you the code is no good? Have you tried a Honda dealership? I would explore some more avenues before buying an ignition set. How are you going to unlock and lock the front forks?
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