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Replacement keys

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Mailman, Aug 12, 2017 at 12:35 PM.

  1. Mailman

    Mailman XS650 Junkie

    My bike only came with one key when I bought it.
    A long time ago I posted the question about where to source a new one. A lot of suggestions were made at the time. I thought I'd share with you what I wound up doing.
    There is a guy on eBay that, if you send him the number off of your key, he will send you a replacement , guaranteed to work for $30.

    I thought that was pretty expensive, so I went to every hardware store near me , but no luck, they all carried Yamaha blanks but not the one for our old bikes.
    Then I went to a local locksmith, I held off going to a locksmith because I thought they would be expensive. Well I walked out of there after 5 minutes with a new key that worked perfectly, all for $4. Less than the cost of a Big Mac!
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  2. xjwmx

    xjwmx XS650 Guru

    I did the same. The only problem was when he tried it in the ignition it wasn't smooth enough for him and before I could stop him he squirted WD-40 into the switch which gummed it up in about a month.... So take igntion switch apart time #1.

    My original key has a slot cut through it where that groove goes down the middle. That is all just cut away with a bandsaw or something. What it does is it lets you get pull your key out in any postion, so you can use your other keys if you need to. I keep it in my wallet.
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  3. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru

    I did a bit of key research a few years back. I found the 650, and most '70s & '80s Yamahas for that matter, use about 6 different key blank styles. Here's the info .....


    On the 650s, I've found mostly YH48-49 and 50-51 keys. The YH46-47 style, with no groove on the side, seem less prevalent.
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  4. xjwmx

    xjwmx XS650 Guru

    Mine is an Ilco YH48. Looking at the cross sections, you wouldn't want to slice just any of them down the middle (if any of them) :)
  5. mrtwowheel

    mrtwowheel Honda Etched On Brain

    I have a locksmith nearby that carries most old blanks, great price too, can even cut a key with only the code.

    On one of my Hondas I have a non matching tank and ignition, but they use the same blank. These are double sided keys, just like the XS's. I had the locksmith cut a blank for the ignition on one side of the blank, and the tank on the other side of the blank. The locksmith would not cut the key unless I agreed to pay with no guarantee, he said it wouldn't work. It works great.

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  6. Mailman

    Mailman XS650 Junkie

    It's funny, the locksmith I went to struggled to find the right blank for a few minutes and then told me that someone must've changed the ignition switch at some time because according to his references, my key was used in 1984 and up models. I think he has bad info. The one key works everything, ignition , seat, steering head lock. Everything looks to be original.

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