Re-keying BMW System Cases

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Axel White, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. Axel White

    Axel White Lone Rider

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    I have bought a new 08 R1200GS Adventure. I traded in an 06 Adventure but kept the BMW bags so that i could move them up to the 08.

    Dealer now tells me that it is a three hour job ($255) to re-key the side cases and top case for the new ignition key on the new bike.

    Has anyone done this before and what was their experience?

    Thanks in advance.
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  2. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    Are you shitting us?? :huh

    Three hours to key the locks??!! Try 30 minutes.
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  3. HUD

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    I've had BMW cases re-keyed a few times by a local locksmith. He only charged $15.00 a lock. It's easier if you have a key that fits the original cases.
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  4. Swinefahrt

    Swinefahrt RooteR

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  5. Grape_Ape

    Grape_Ape It Feels Good

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  6. Sit

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    My dealer has always rekeyed for free. You spent how much on the new bike and he cant take 15 minutes to rekey? Find another dealer.
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  7. Pugnacious

    Pugnacious Life is good at 4,200'

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    When I traded my 2005 GS for my 2008 GS I too kept the bags. A guy in the parts department rekeyed mine for free in less time than it took to do the paper work. I had been given a very attractive difference figure over the phone by the sales manager (I have known him for over 20 years and it was the third GS I have bought there) and was in and out in less than 35 minutes. The rekey took less than 20 minutes.
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  8. PegasoPat

    PegasoPat General Smart Ass

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    I bought a top case off the web and it came to me unlocked and with out a key. Took dealer a few minutes to re-key it to match my ignition key. No charge!! I took the lock itself out and took it to the dealer so they would have as little to do as possible. I watched, and believe me it is easy and no special tools required!!
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  9. gfspencer

    gfspencer Been here awhile

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    Your dealer is giving you a load of BS. It takes about 15 minutes to re-key the cases. I kept my old side cases when I switched from an '05 to an '08. The salesman did the re-keying for free.
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  10. Axel White

    Axel White Lone Rider

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    I want to thank everyone for their comments. I have asked the dealer to go to this thread and review what has been said.

    Hopefully there has just been a misunderstanding. This is the fourth new BMW bike that I have bought from this dealer in 6 years.

    Regards
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  11. XB12R

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    I found the thread on rekeying the Vario cases but I need to rekey my new adventure top case. Can anyone give me a good link on how to do it?
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  12. crowos

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    Once you get the lock cylinder out, it is the same process. On the adventure cases, unlock the lock and pop it up, you will have to look on the back side of the lock for a metal spring loaded tab that you need to press in. When you do this, you should keep the key in and if I recall twist it and pull it out towards you. Then you should be able to rekey from there.
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  13. cug

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    Same way. Insert the key and get the lock cylinder out. Then do the same. The lock cylinders are the same.
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  14. XB12R

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    The lock cylinder was not installed when I got the new case. I have the little tabs and springs installed in the new cylinder but I'm not sure how to install it now.
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  15. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    I did a K-bike once.

    Once you get it apart you can see how it works.

    You can just swap the pins around to where they are level and the cylinder will turn.

    If you a pin or two that doesn't work just don't use it. The lock will work fine with only a few pins. It's not Fort Knox.
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  16. cug

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    On my Adventure cases they did just slide in as soon as I got them aligned correctly.
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  17. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    :nod Turn the key to bring in the tabs, and then you might have to puch the bottom one in to get it to slide in. IIRC the last tab is spring loaded.

    Jim :brow
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  18. Wander4Days

    Wander4Days Where am I?

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    for anyone else landing on this thread trying to figure our how to get the barrels out of GS Aventure cases to begin the re-keying process- i just figured it out...

    You need to push the little metal tab that protrudes from from the side(perpendicular to axis of rotation)of the barrel in the back inward(toward axis). It's hard to see in behind there but once you hit it it's easy. I used a knife tip. With the key in, pull outward on the barrel as you press and they'll pop right out.

    Then follow the tumbler shuffling process, the same as the vario cases listed before.

    Hope that saves someone a little head scratching!

    Cheers
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  19. portablejohn

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    I took some quick pictures. With the case upside down on a table, insert key in lock and open. With the key horizontal, you will find a tumbler that sticks out. gently press that down so it is flush with the lock barrel (small screwdriver or something), and the whole barrel will slide out toward the key.

    The second pic is of the lock barrel, where you can see the tumbler that needs to be depressed protruding.
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  20. diter

    diter BMWKTM-Duc,Duc,Duc

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    my R11S came with only one bag. Bought the other side on Craigslist and trudy over a Keycrafter here in SF rekeyed it for me for $10, took her about 10 min. If you are from the area, Keycrafters is awesome, only people I know that have Ducati blanks (even the dealer doesn't carry them).
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