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Unread post by vampfiend687 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:08 pm

So a couple weeks ago, I bought an 82 Suzuki GS 750. I got home from getting my motorcycle permit and somehow lost the keys. I called the local locksmith and he was gonna charge me $200 if he had to come out and make a key for the bike or $30 if I brought him the ignition switch. I was wondering if anyone knew how to get the ignition switch off and what tools I might need.
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Unread post by High_Side » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:21 pm

I'm not sure about Suzukis of that era but with 80s Hondas at least you could get them from a dealer if you knew the serial number. It's long shot, but worth a shot nonetheless.

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Unread post by HYPERR » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:25 pm

I'm not sure about your exact bike but aren't most Jap bike ignition switch of that era mounted with like two phillips screws? The wiring is usually a plastic quick disconnect as well.
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Unread post by Wrider » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:41 pm

Yup, yours are mounted from underneath with two bolts that come up from underneath the triple tree and screw through the ignition into it.
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Unread post by HYPERR » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:45 pm

Wrider wrote:Yup, yours are mounted from underneath with two bolts that come up from underneath the triple tree and screw through the ignition into it.
I hope for his sake, it's a 8mm or 10mm bolt and not a phillips. :laughing:
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Unread post by Wrider » Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:08 pm

HYPERR wrote:
Wrider wrote:Yup, yours are mounted from underneath with two bolts that come up from underneath the triple tree and screw through the ignition into it.
I hope for his sake, it's a 8mm or 10mm bolt and not a phillips. :laughing:
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Unread post by vampfiend687 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:18 pm

Thanks guys, I probably wont get a chance to work on it until this weekend but I should be able to solve my problem
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Unread post by Wrider » Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:31 pm

vampfiend687 wrote:Thanks guys, I probably wont get a chance to work on it until this weekend but I should be able to solve my problem
If you decide to go the cheap route, you can get a different gas cap and wire in a pushbutton/flip switch somewhere hidden and not need a key at all!
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Unread post by HYPERR » Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:49 pm

You do realize that once you have the new keys made, the old ones will show up..... :lolsign:
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Unread post by vampfiend687 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:00 pm

if they do show up, I'll have a new set of spare keys and my favorite keychain back
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Unread post by vampfiend687 » Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:13 pm

Well, I just pulled the ignition. Now I just have to wait for the keys to be made. It took me about 20 minutes, a phillips screwdriver, a size 12 socket wrench and an allen wrench, not sure the size. I removed the headlight so I could get behind it, took the 2 allen screws out of the ignition switch, pulled that loose and opened the headlight housing to unhook the wiring harness. It was a fairly easy job and I'm kind of worried about the security of my bike now. Anyone have a reccomendation of a good security system for an older bike?
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Unread post by ceemes » Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:54 pm

vampfiend687 wrote: Anyone have a reccomendation of a good security system for an older bike?
Yup, but you will need the following.

1) Heavy duty padlock
2) 6 to 12 feet of heavy duty steel chain
3) a rabid pitt bull with AIDS that is seriously peed off.

Padlock one end of the chain to the bike and attach the pitt bull to the other end. Trust me, no one will want to even touch your bike let alone steal it. And if they do steal it, well you can console yourself with the knowledge that they wanted even more then you, all tho now they can probably sing soprano with the Vienna Boys Choir. :devil:
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Unread post by Wrider » Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:12 pm

Believe it or not there are some that are even easier to grab. Don't worry about it though because most thieves don't even understand basic concepts such as "connect wire A to wire B to complete the circuit". Oh and use your fork lock. Not infallible, but not useless either.
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