Alternative to BMW dealer cutting new key?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by psypiral, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. psypiral

    psypiral Adventurer

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    Someone told me about buying a blank key then bringing it to dealer to have it cut to save some cash. Anybody done this? Where did you get blank key with chip?

    Thanks in advance.
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  2. MJS

    MJS Long timer

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    The dealer doesn't "cut" the key. They order it from BMW with the chip already programed to your VIN. My dealer wants / needs to see the registration or the bike prior to placing the order.
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  3. Some Dude

    Some Dude what attitude problem???

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    x2 the dealer has no access to blank keys nor the ability to cut internal grooved keys, BMW NA is the only one who can program the chip for your individual bike and provide the correct cut key to match. The dealer has to fax in both proof of ID and ownership/registration before BMW NA will even send the dealer the key, fairly strict protocol.
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  4. MJS

    MJS Long timer

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    Hi Bobby:wave,

    How's the knee?
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  5. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    Have fun with that. My dealer took over a month to get my spare key in so I ended up trading that bike in for new one with 3 keys:D
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  6. Some Dude

    Some Dude what attitude problem???

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    Now that's a shady technique!!!! lol


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  7. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    Be glad it isn't a Volvo. I lost my key/fob for my wife's car. $500 and two visits later, it was replaced/reprogrammed by the stealer. :eek1 I chased every viable option - there are none. At least on my Ford, you can program the keys yourself!

    I know that the insurance companies insist on them but chipped keys on motorcycles are a PITA!
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  8. jotunheim

    jotunheim Junior Achiever

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    I think you are stuck with the dealer, but it is not that bad. I ordered a spare last month and only took about a week for it to come in from BMW and wasn't terribly expensive. About $80 I think, which isn't that bad considering the brand.
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  9. mtbenson

    mtbenson Been here awhile

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    The purpose of the chipped key is to ensure that your stolen bike is parted out rather than kept whole.
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  10. yellowbirdrs

    yellowbirdrs Been here awhile

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    clever! :D
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  11. bob393

    bob393 Been here awhile

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    +3 just got a new one for mine. I think it was $57 but took less than a week from MAX BMW
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  12. Callisto224

    Callisto224 Long timer

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    Which Bobby?

    2nd AC Bobby? :huh
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  13. Mike in Atlanta

    Mike in Atlanta Oh Noes

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    It's possible to disable the EWS system in the software with a flash. I don't know if anyone is selling such a solution commercially yet but it was defeated in the vehicles years ago. It's a simple $100 flash to remove EWS in certain BMW vehicles so you can use any key/ECU in other vehicles etc.
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