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    Thanks for the idea. It was a 15 minute job after the key was cut (and overnight drying time for the JB Weld).
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrapDog View Post
    Well done Paul.
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    Prices in parrantises are from cheapcycleparts.com.


    I notice that the non-airbag bikes use knob 39113-MCA-671 ($4.62) and the airbag bikes use knob 35601-MCA-A81 ($7.53) that cost quite a bit more... a difference of $2.91 each.........

    I need to park my airbag bike next to a non-airbag bike to see the difference in the knobs.... and if the price difference is worth it.

    Does anybody have both models of bikes and is willing to post some photos??????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucfan11 View Post
    You are correct. The keys I made will NOT start the bike.
    However, if a guy is real worried, it is possible to go to the unattended bike. remove the key knob, from the key, jam it in the ignition, and then use a flat screwdriver to push down and turn the short key to start the bike.

    I know, I won a gentlemans wager for a bbq lunch, to prove it.

    I have used the colormatched knobs for 6 years and never a theft issue, or worry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loren View Post
    However, if a guy is real worried, it is possible to go to the unattended bike. remove the key knob, from the key, jam it in the ignition, and then use a flat screwdriver to push down and turn the short key to start the bike.

    I know, I won a gentlemans wager for a bbq lunch, to prove it.

    I have used the colormatched knobs for 6 years and never a theft issue, or worry.
    I can't argue that point because I have never tried it myself. I do know that I completely fill the knob with Devcon epoxy and have later wanted to take the key out of the knob. I can promise that no one will remove the key from the knob without bringing some tools because I about destroyed the key getting it out of the knob.

    My solution (well, probably everyone's solution) is to remove the knobs and throw them into the locking glove box anytime I'm worried about someone stealing the bike. I usually do it when parked at a hotel or if I'm leaving the bike in a lot for an extended period or just when I get "that" feeling.

    I think most people are honest and most criminals aren't too bright so the chances that a criminal smart enough to know that that knob on the top of my gas tank has a key attached that, if he's able to remove it and he happens to have a screwdriver, he might be able to crank a motorcycle that is seldom stolen and there is likely not much of a market for the parts, is pretty slim. If it all comes together for him then Progressive Insurance has a problem, not me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trekbiker61 View Post

    I think most people are honest and most criminals aren't too bright so the chances that a criminal smart enough to know that that knob on the top of my gas tank has a key attached that, if he's able to remove it and he happens to have a screwdriver, he might be able to crank a motorcycle that is seldom stolen and there is likely not much of a market for the parts, is pretty slim. If it all comes together for him then Progressive Insurance has a problem, not me.
    I totaly agree

    One point I would like to throw out is, lets say its been stolen and they used the gas cap key, would the insurance pitch a fit, or deny a claim, on the fact a key was left in plain sight ??????????

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    Me likey this idea. Thanks to the OP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loren View Post
    I totaly agree

    One point I would like to throw out is, lets say its been stolen and they used the gas cap key, would the insurance pitch a fit, or deny a claim, on the fact a key was left in plain sight ??????????

    I would say.........WHAT KEY?!!!



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    When I made my knob key I went to Home Depot and got two keys cut. When I got back home and tried the keys, one worked perfectly. The other one would open in gas door and the side pocket but it would not work in the ignition. I don't know what the difference was, but I used that key to build the knob key.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pauln View Post
    Someone posted on another board that swapping the lock cylinders for the fuel door and right pocket with a GL1800 friend would be a good idea. Sounds good, but then you have the security issue that each of you has the other's ignition key.
    I purchased a set of cylinders from a board member and kept my originals. He lives far enough away that I not tempted to find him and I still have my originals so if and when I trade/sell the bike I can replace the originals and have the knobbed keys/cylinders for the new bike

    You could maybe find a spare set from a wrecked wing or boneyard with a little bit of effort
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    Did mine in chrome knobs. Have one on the gas tank and the right glove box. Keep a 380 pistol in the glove box, but I take that out at night when I am on the road.

    No one know they are keys, but they are too short to start the engine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danbgt View Post
    When I made my knob key I went to Home Depot and got two keys cut. When I got back home and tried the keys, one worked perfectly. The other one would open in gas door and the side pocket but it would not work in the ignition. I don't know what the difference was, but I used that key to build the knob key.

    Quite simply, the key part blade which fits into the slot is shorter for the gas tank and the left glove compartment. It is not long enough to activate the ignition. The ones for the glove box and the gas tank are deliberately cut shorter to fit snugly on the face of each component.

    If it were long enough to start the engine, then the knob portion would sit between 1/4 and one half inch above the tank door. You want the knob to sit flush with locks to give the impression they are just knobs. As I said, I keep a gun in my glove box and take it out at night with the key knob.
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    1 5/8 is too long
    1 1/2 is better
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    Honda GL1800 OEM 39113-MCA-671 radio knob and blank key set-up

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    What are you using to cut the key? Just a hacksaw or cutting wheel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dellangary View Post
    What are you using to cut the key? Just a hacksaw or cutting wheel?
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    You could use either, but I just used a hacksaw.


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    TY Great idea and good instructions, Just did mine and they came out perfect!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dellangary View Post
    What are you using to cut the key? Just a hacksaw or cutting wheel?
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    Dremel with a cut-off disc.

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    I use vise grip to hold the key and a 32T hacksaw blade to cut

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    Having difficulty locating the Axxess #27 Key blank...guess I'll try the other options....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tankereng View Post
    Having difficulty locating the Axxess #27 Key blank...guess I'll try the other options....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingleader09 View Post
    OK to make this perfectly clear, I've included a picture.

    All three of these keys are identically cut. The one on the left is my original Honda key which is the same as an Axxess 27. The one in the center is an Axxess 27R.
    The PO for my 2003 had a spare key hidden behind one of the panels, it's a Curtis HD-90, I tried it in the ignition and it was too short so I'm using it for my gas door key and hid a good ignition key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tankereng View Post
    Having difficulty locating the Axxess #27 Key blank...guess I'll try the other options....
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    I used the already assembled "kit" from Shinhopples's web site on this forum. I did not remove the metal sleeves. I cut the keys to length and then filed the edges to the correct shoulder length and JB welded and pressed into the metal sleeves in the knobs.
    This was a great idea for my new 1800.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranch55 View Post
    I used the already assembled "kit" from Shinhopples's web site on this forum. I did not remove the metal sleeves. I cut the keys to length and then filed the edges to the correct shoulder length and JB welded and pressed into the metal sleeves in the knobs.
    This was a great idea for my new 1800.
    Ranch55, thank you for the different technique. I am the original poster of the how-to (it is important to point out, however, that Fred H came up with the original idea). One of the nice things about starting a how-to thread is that other people come up with different and often better ways to get the job done. I can see how you could grind the edges of the key to get it to fit tightly into the metal insert in the knobs and then JB Weld it. I never thought of that when I did mine.
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    Got mine made up....One for the fuel door and one for the right pocket....
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    Ace Hardware uses a Hillman key blank. B101
    The last several Home Depot's and Walmart said They couldn't make that key because they do not have motorcycles loaded in their computer ?? Go figure !!
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    If you don't tell walmart and Home Depot that its a motorcycle key they should have no problem. HDepot had made me a number of keys.
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    Default key knobs

    If they ask what it is for just say a honda. No need to to say a motorcycle. I think it is the accord.

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