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I'm a newbie here and to Goldwings in general. I just laid my hands on a '78 GL1000 and am looking to restore it. It's not in too bad a shape, but the simplest fix seems to have me befuddled. I can't get the cover off to put gas in it. The ignition key doesn't fit very well. It turns the cylinder a bit, but not all the way and I can't get it open....to be honest, I'm not sure if it should open from the front or the back...any help would be appreciated and I'm sure I'll be back with more questions. :waving: thanks in advance!
 

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Being a locksmith by trade, I'll suggest to you the following:

Spray some WD-40 or penetrating oil in the cylinder key hole. Push the straw that comes with the spray right in the key hole and flush it out. Sometimes this can take a couple of shots.

GENTLY work the key in and out and side to side.

That usually will do it unless the cylinder is corroded or damaged.

You may also have a badly worn key that is not lining the tumblers up like it should.

If this doesn't do it, post again and I can offer up some additional info.

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Thanks for the quicl response....WD-40 was my first choice....I've shot it up good and still nothing....I was thinking about just drilling it out, although I'd rather that be a last resort.:baffled:
 

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O:K,

did you try pushing down lightly on the lid while turning the key?

The latch mechanism (thats activated by the key,) could have been boogered up by a previuos owner?

Drilling with a small bit would work yes,but unless you have a replacement cylinder, I wouldn't suggest that just quite yet.

If you strike-out, take it to a local locksmith and if he's competent with motorcycle locks(most good ones are)
have him pick it open for you and then you can pull the cylinder after he opens it and find out whats causing it to seize on you.

Also, your key is most likely worn so tell him to cut you a NEW key to FACTORY specs. by code. Not duplicate it from your worn one.

Call the locksmith FIRST so you don't make a wasted trip to someone who is incompetent.

These old wings keys and lock cylinders are pretty simple and stright forward to service.


Hope that helps...


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Thanks for the info...I looked down into the lock with a flashlight and it looks like something might be down in there. I can't get the key all the way in....it will turn, but I don't think it's engaging all the tumblers. I think that may be the problem. If I can't get it I'll go to the locksmiths, but I'm trying to do it myself, you know? Thanks again!
 

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You might (should) be able to remove the false tank and then remove the lock assembly from the bottom. Once you have it out you can take it to someone who can disassemble the lock and repair it. Or hold it upside down and just tap it. Maybe whatever is in there will fall out?!

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Did that era have the little white plastic "door" at the opening of the lock? My 85 Interstate has beed a headache in that area. If it comes from hot country, the plastic gets brittle, then breaks up eventually, when one sticks the key in. Gotta get the lockoff, do the tapping thing, to get the pieces out. I had to use a needle several times. Bet that's what it is. Good luck.
 

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No, no plastic door....it's just all crudded up down there. I think I'm going to have to call a locksmith...although I found a tank cover with key on eBay, so if I win that, I'll just demo the old one off.
 

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I had the same problem with the little plastic slot cover on my bike. Luckily I was able to fish it out in about three pieces. Been meaning to take the key and lock to a locksmith and get a betterone with a metal cover like the ignition lock. I thought about shifting the right cubby cover lock to the gas tank, but that one would probably go too with the increased use. Probably replace them both as long as I can keep it keyed to the ignition key.
 

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rOmiLaYu wrote:
No, no plastic door....it's just all crudded up down there. I think I'm going to have to call a locksmith...although I found a tank cover with key on eBay, so if I win that, I'll just demo the old one off.
When & if you get the replacement, take that to your local
locksmith & he should be able to rekey it to match your ignition, that way you'll have just the 1 key (like factory) instead of 2!:grinner:
 
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