Broke my only key.

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Yachtie, May 27, 2013.

  1. Yachtie

    Yachtie Been here awhile

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    Hey guys. Been away for awhile. I got the bike running great. Fluids, timing, and some fuel flow fixes sorted her right out.

    Well I went and broke my only key in my wheel lock assembly.

    What are my options?
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  2. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    Locksmith. And have extra keys made.
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  3. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    Turn the bars hard? Supposedly you can break the wheel lock assy and keep riding.

    Or dig the remains of the key out. (toothpick and superglue surgery) then take to a locksmith.

    or take to a locksmith with tape over it so you don't lose the thing and have them repair.

    Or abandon it and put in a kewl hidden ignition switch somewhere.

    Know what tuition is?
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  4. Yachtie

    Yachtie Been here awhile

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    Had a brain fart. Stuck the key in the wheel lock and turned the wrong way. Snapped like a twig.

    I can try and fish the remnants out. If I can't get it out. Can A Locksmith use my ignition key slot to make a new key. And can you find blanks with the plastic bmw housing?
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  5. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    Blanks from any parts house.

    Ask the locksmith. try very carefully supergluing the part you have to the part that broke off.
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  6. ME 109

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    +1

    otherwise the key might get stuck to your finger.
    It's not all bad tho' I can still ride. I just can't use the clutch.
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  7. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    I did that way back in about 1977 or 78.......never done it since. :D
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  8. ME 109

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    You too! :freaky

    I thought I was the only one. Things are looking up!
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  9. Yachtie

    Yachtie Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys. Will try the superglue technique. Not sure it will be successful cause its so flush in the lock assembly. Will look for blank online
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  10. _cy_

    _cy_ Long timer

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    use a dental pick ... betcha you get it out. here BMW keys are hard to find... only one locksmith in town that's got special BMW blanks. save your pieces, locksmith can use pieces to help make another key.

    [​IMG]
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  11. hardwaregrrl

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    Nother option.....buy another switch with keys. Just an option. Not sure what a locksmith charges these days.
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  12. Yachtie

    Yachtie Been here awhile

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    I'm searching for key blanks. I've found the folding keys. Will they work on my R90? I'd love to get a exact match to the round plastic cap bmw emblem key I have. Any suggestions.
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  13. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    Keep looking. Try Bobs and Capitol Cycle, both regular dealers.

    Also get some cheap flat blanks as spares.
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  14. Kai Ju

    Kai Ju Long timer

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    The folding keys are easy to find, the knob keys not so much.
    BTW, the folding keys will clear when left in the steering lock, that's why the left headlight ear has the dents on the inside.

    Anyway, my buddy did exactly what you did but luckily had a spare. But like you wanted the knob key.
    Here is what I did. Clamp the remaining portion of the broken key into a vise, leaving enough room to get fuel line pliers between the vise jaws and the knob. Squeeze the pliers and the knob will come off. The key is vaguely shaped like a T which is what holds it in the knob. Take the new key and duplicate the shape of the old key. Insert the key into the knob using the vice or an arbor press.
    Lube the key with epoxy glue so that it goes in easier and stays in once it's in.
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  15. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    We had a number of customers do that exact same thing. We were usually able to get the remains back out using a dental pick or a straight nut pick (yeah, the ones you use at Christmas).

    Things NOT to do, DON'T try to snap the lock by turning the bars hard, you will ruin any chance to get it back out PLUS you will damage the steering stem.

    DON'T try to use "super glue" you will end up making the remainder of the key impossible to get out.

    A locksmith may be able to extract the old key from the lock but it will cast about $60. You can do it yourself with a pick.

    If you can't get the old key out, Just leave it alone and use a screw driver to opperate your steering lock.

    A locksmith CAN'T make you a new key without the code and he will still charge an arm and a leg!

    If you want to pull out the lock out, just drift off the chrome cover (held in place with a rivit, use a drift from the back-side), turn the tunbler with a screw driver and it will "pop" out.
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  16. garthg

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    Folding keys are available, but pricey ($12). More important, they are hard to cut correctly. (I think it's difficult to fit the blank in the machine). Sometimes, they don't work correctly, or don't work at all without a lot of jiggling.

    I suggest that in addition to a folding blank, you get a couple of regular blanks, and have your locksmith work with those first.
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  17. orangebear

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    do you mean the steering lock?
    u can buy new lock kits on line for a good deal then you can change the starter key and the fuel tank lock in a short time then drill the steering lock. then you can just carry a U lock to lock the front wheel when you park up

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