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    Keys lost, need to buy new ignition switch and gas tank cover?

    Hey all,

    In the process of pulling my Hawk out of deep storage. The keys are not in all the spots I thought they would be and I have at this point given up.

    Therefore, I need to go buy a new ignition switch and gas tank cover with keys. Looking on eBay there seems to be a glut for that combination but only for newer bikes (ie late 1990s and on). Is there some place else selling '88 Hawk ignition switch / gas tank lock, or is there a recommended set that's compatible with an '88 Hawk?

    #2
    Why don't you just pull the ignition switch and read the key number off of the body? Have one cut and be done. You can do it it by mail if you don't have a locksmith near you.

    You can also remove the seat latch and read the number off of that. Really easy if you were still on the same key for all 3. The break away bolts are actually really easy to remove with some fresh small vise grips. Replace with some M6 bolts if you're not worried about theft of your seat or what's underneath it. Or get some torx head metric bolts for a small deterrent.
    Last edited by Captain 80s; 07-19-2022, 10:55 AM.
    "I couldn't afford NOT to buy it!"

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      #3
      Oh damn, had no idea I could do that. Seat / Ignition / Gas tank are all original so still under the same key. Will check that ignition switch number this weekend. Thanks!

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        #4
        It is stamped in the aluminum portion of the ignition body where it is not visible when mounted. Usually on the rectangular portion near the parking lock shaft. Last 3 digits. Something like "C24".
        "I couldn't afford NOT to buy it!"

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          #5
          Order keys cut to code

          Honda Motorcycle Cut to Code Keys READ ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE YOU BUY | eBay
          Acta non verba


          '88 Blue 99% stock SOLD
          '88 Restomod
          '22 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT

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            #6
            the key # is stamped on the ignition lock also, a letter followed by a 2-digit #. "D-68" for example.

            6-29-22 009.jpg
            (sorry this is repetitive, i didn't read posts aboveb4.......)
            "It's only getting worse."


            MY rides: '97 VFR750, '90 Red Hawk, '88 Blue/Black Hawk, '86 RWB VFR700 (3), '86 Yamaha Radian, '90 VTR250, '89 VTR250 (2), '73 CB125, '66 Yamaha YL-1

            Sold: '86 FJ1200, '92 ZX-7, '90 Radian, '73 CB750, '89 all-white Hawk, '88 blue Hawk, '86 FZ600, '86 Yam Fazer 700 , '89 VTR250, '87 VFR700F2, '86 VFR700F.

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              #7
              Any REAL locksmith can make you a key, REAL locksmiths don't need no stinkin' CODE.
              Take him/her the ignition lock assembly (leave it on the triple), and he'll "pick" the lock, that tells him the "cut " depth , which he uses to cut you a new key. It has to be the ignition lock as the tank and seat lock only have a couple of tumblers, the ignition has 5 or 6 (IIRC I can't lay my hands on a Hawk key at the moment) (if this doesn't make sense, go watch a youtube video about lock picking)
              It used to amaze me how fast this could be done... like 5-10 minutes.

              OH... take the ownership for the bike with you to see the locksmith. He SHOULD ask to see it.

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                #8
                I had a similar issue. You can see the code WITHOUT removing the ignition removed. Handlebars hard to the left, good light and some cleaning of the area will make it visible. There's a post on here somewhere with pictures, and if I weren't such a search dummy I would post it..

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                  #9
                  I had a key made by a local locksmith for one of my Hawks. All he needed was the code and his cutter spat out a key. So easy and no need to disassemble anything. I knew I chose the right place when I pulled up and saw his 1098 Streefighter parked outside.
                  My Hawk Build:
                  https://www.hawkgtforum.com/forum/ho...832331-build-1

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                    #10
                    Originally Posted by FFWD View Post
                    I had a key made by a local locksmith for one of my Hawks. All he needed was the code and his cutter spat out a key. So easy and no need to disassemble anything. I knew I chose the right place when I pulled up and saw his 1098 Streefighter parked outside.
                    Awesome. Glad that one is solved!
                    Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                      #11
                      Originally Posted by 6 View Post

                      Awesome. Glad that one is solved!
                      I'm not the OP, was just illustrating how easily a key can be made form just the code.
                      My Hawk Build:
                      https://www.hawkgtforum.com/forum/ho...832331-build-1

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                        #12
                        Originally Posted by FFWD View Post

                        I'm not the OP, was just illustrating how easily a key can be made form just the code.
                        Damn you... trying to fool me like that aint cool.

                        Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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