Airhead ignition switch module with no keys

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by sigpe57, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. sigpe57

    sigpe57 Been here awhile

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    Does it belong in the trash can?

    Has anyone ever fit a new key to an airhead ignitions switch?

    TT
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  2. rambozo

    rambozo Been here awhile

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    Iv stripped one down and taken the tumblers out, of course then any
    key will open it, I would think new barrels are bound to be available
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  3. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    A long time ago I removed the tumblers from a 1974 switch and used it with any key for a couple of years. This works because nobody knows it is not really locked unless you tell them. It looks like an ignition switch.

    On my current 1975 bike I lost the keys. So I tried to do the same thing. I ended up with an unusable mess. Was able to reinstall the switch parts that show on the outside so it looks like I need a key but the ignition is controlled with a toggle switch on the left battery cover. There is also a keyed switch that controls the power to the toggle but I never use it. Nobody notices that I turn the ignition off and on with this switch.

    There is only one wire needed to go to the headlight shell from the switch.

    If you really want to save this switch you could try a locksmith. I'm always amazed at how good these guys are.
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  4. Stan_R80/7

    Stan_R80/7 Beastly Gnarly

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    I also want to know how the ignition lock disassembles. My '78 has a seat lock, fork lock, tank lock, and ignition switch lock all keyed together. My ignition switch contacts were loose and were re-tightened, but I think that was a one time fix.

    I was concern about the contacts and another ignition switch was purchased. However, even with information on how to re-key a seat lock (http://www.ibmwr.org/r-tech/airheads/rekey_seatlock/lock-rekey.shtml) the frame and fuel cap locks remain. So, re-keying the ignition lock is needed instead of rekeying the other three locks.

    The lock is a simple pin cylinder arrangement and new pins can be made from ~1mm brass rod. The tricky part is disassembling and reassembling the lock (without breaking anything).
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