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post #1 of 19 Old 04-18-2013, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Lost Key – Removing Ignition Plate to Find the Key Code (with Photos)

The Honda Rebel has four separate locks … all utilizing the same key: Ignition, Gas cap, Steering lock pin, and Helmet lock. Many of us have either lost our keys over time or purchased a used bike without them, but almost any locksmith can create a new key for you utilizing the KEY CODE stamped behind your ignition, and it takes just a moment to get to that code.

Locksmith prices generally vary between $20 - $45 for this, but those prices tend to fluctuate from person to person within the same shop, and even from day to day ... so call around to find the best price! Some Honda dealers will also order a new key based on your code, but two of the three I contacted only offered to sell me a new lockset. Far less expensive and quicker to just have a key cut locally. I zipped downtown and had my replacement key less than 20 minutes after first touching a wrench to my ignition.

The key code for older generation Rebels is comprised of three characters. (That may still apply for current Rebels as well, since Honda used the same series of codes for more than 20 years.) It begins with a letter, followed by 2 numbers, and is the last 3 digits of a longer identification number stamped into the back of your ignition housing.

To get your ignition code, first unscrew the speedometer cable;

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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Hey - thanks for the sticky! I know this topic has been hashed in a number of threads but I hadn't seen photos before ... and get irritated fellow riders might be talked into full locksets when a workaround is so fast and simple.

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Quite true.
It had been explained many times to folks who lost a key but never with a pictorial.
The photos are a great touch

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Others have mentioned the keycode is also on your fork lock of Rebels. Since I'm breaking mine down for a Bobber conversion - I pulled the fork lock (just 2 screws) and it DOES appear there on my '85. Due to its small size, the stamped numbers fall off the edge of the housing so you may or may not be able to make yours out, but here's a location image. (One of the digits has been purposely altered in photo.)


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Applying this technique to newer models

Hey guys! i love the use of pics on this model, but sadly i sold my 87' and got an 07', and just recently lost my keys in an antiques mall, so i was wondering if this still works on newer models like a 2007?
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Yes it does to the best of my knowledge.




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thanks! started working right away. sadly gonna have to buy a new ignition anyway but at least i will know where to get the number on the new one. someone stripped the one of the #3 Phillips head screws and the ignition switch casing was cracked so i have a sneaking suspicion that someone has tried this before, but this is still very helpful!
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Thanks Stollio, this will help a lot!!!

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local(Springfield IL) lock smith had blanks for my 1981 Honda Passport(C70) about 2 years ago, and since I have time to kill between medical appointment and my bike safety class, think this old woman will see about having several back up keys made. I am a huge fan of back up sets of keys. So, great info on where to find that code but making extra keys is often far cheaper than being stranded, buying new ignition, and so forth. Check with area locksmiths if/when you have a chance, especially with a used bike and only 1 key.
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Ordering a replacement for a lost key online

I was able to obtain a replacement of a lost key in the mail by doing the following online:

1. Obtained the number of the type of key blank by using the reference book available at the following link:

ILCO Key Systems - Key Directory & References

2. Ordered a replacement key from keys4urride.com by ordering the appropriate key blank and entering the previously mentioned 3-digit key code from the back of the ignition.

I suspect that keys4urride.com is the website of a locksmith, and that there are other locksmiths that operate similar websites, but I did not look any further. I paid approximately $10 for the key and $3 for shipping, and paid through Pay Pal. The key arrived within a week (to Hawaii), and it has worked perfectly. I previously contacted a local locksmith, but he seemed uncertain of whether he had the correct blank, and was generally an unpleasant sounding fellow. In addition, by ordering online, the key was essentially delivered to my home, which may be important if you have no other means of reliable transportation or little time to be hunting down a local locksmith. Based on other threads, $13 seems like a fair price. I could have paid another $10 for an additional key without any increase in the shipping cost, but a local key shop can make a copy for under $5. Anyhow, I hope this helps anyone without access to a locksmith locally, or whose local locksmith is charging an unreasonable price to replace their lost key. Aloha.
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