Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Reno, NV, USA
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Next remove the two 8mm bolts holding your ignition plate in place, rolling it and the speedometer away from you and out of the way so you have access to your ignition housing;
Using a #3 Phillips or JIS Screwdriver, remove the two screws holding your ignition in place; Hey – you’re almost done already!
Tilt the ignition housing over and remove the plastic, protective plate from the back of it (often you can just hook the edge of your fingernail under it where shown, or just pull back one of its corner tabs to release). This is actually easier from the front of the bike due to short cables.
Bingo! The arrow shows where the identification number is located on your ignition. Write down the last 3 digits which should be a letter and two numbers.
Here’s a close-up of the housing showing my number (last two digits are purposely altered in photo). Give this code to your locksmith together with Year and Make of your motorcycle and they can cut a new key for you. One word of caution based on previous experience: Other manufacturers also use the same codes, but their key blank and the number of “cuts” for that code are determined by manufacturer. Be sure your locksmith knows you’re keying a Honda. For example – a Kawasaki owner with a key code of C25 may have four notches. A Honda owner with code C25 may only have three.
Ahh … great success! Back on the road again with my first-gen Rebel 250 (and I’ve owned it since ’85).
Final Note: There's also a code printed on that rear cover plate itself ... usually beginning with an "H". This is NOT the ignition key code! Safe riding!
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