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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-05-2011, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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does anyone know how to get the ingnition switch out of a 1988 gl1500 i just bought one and the dealer says they need numbers off the switch to make a spare key.The one i have is usable but not to make another key thanks
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I have not done it, however Per the manual (and my recollection of it):

1) Remove the front housing (eg the Front fairing and dash)
2) Hammer a Chisal into each of the two bolts holding the ignition switch, then usal the chisal to Turn (eg Unscrew) the bolt --The bolts are the "anti-theft" type, hence this unusual method of removal.
3) Replace with new anti-theft bolts... I believe they come with hex-heads, that snap off after reaching the proper torque. Myself, I'd just use normal socket head allen bolts.

I wonder if you could more easily use a Dremal-Cut-Off-Wheel, to grind off the bolt heads, rather than using the chisal?... If so, then probably could remove the switch without having do do much dis-assembly at all.

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Welcome on Dan...

Generally I'll avoid the dealer like the plague fo "spare keys" and head to a reasonable locksmith or other key-shop.

I the smith / shop can cut a useable key for ya (test in all tumblers on both sides), then take the pretty new "spare" to your dealer for a fancy Honda key if ya like.

You can also purchase the blank from the dealer or any of a hundred other places to carry with you to your key-guy (BTDT), so you can have a pretty "Goldwing" key like OEM.

(I'd be tempted to grab the right fairing door -- it's got a matched lock, and it's easier to carry :P)

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hi and thanks for the glove box tip. I picked up a blank key and had it cut check it with the glove box now i have a spare key thanks
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I own a 1998 Goldwing 1500.
I have been having trouble with the ignition.
Seems that I need to turn the key to the on position
and find a sweet spot before the bike will start. It
sometimes cuts off when I hit a bump in the road and
I have to pull over and look for that sweet spot again
to get it started. I purchased the replacement, but now
I found that, it appears, the darn thing is riveted to the
bike. Any help greatly appreciated. How many times have I
heard, "Avoid the Dealer"?
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Read the above removal of ign lock.

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