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post #11 of 24 Old 05-29-2019, 09:01 PM
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the big box stores (lowes, home depot) won't carry the blanks, but I found a locksmith a block from the motorcycle shop, wouldn't you know they sell blanks there. It was easier than buying online for me. I know I've ordered blanks off ebay and then they were too long or something. My point is see if you can find the blank in person (ACE or locksmith) Rather than ordering and getting the wrong thing.
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post #12 of 24 Old 06-02-2019, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Followup: I tried all of your good suggestions. Ace hardware tried but couldn’t find a blank that would fit. The local locksmith could only produce a short key that would not work in any lock. I tried to order a blank on line- they would not fill the order because it wouldn’t fit my bike! So I went to the dealer- he had to order the blank and promises to cut it when it arrives next week. $28. Good thing i’m Retired and can run this down in my spare time. I ordered a hard copy manual from Kawasaki. Good forum, good help. Thanks
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post #13 of 24 Old 06-03-2019, 03:12 PM
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For future reference. When ordering OEM parts online, I would suggest Partzilla or Rocky Mtn Atv.

Partzilla currently has the keys for $13.89, and Rocky Mtn has them for $15.61. With either retailer, you shouldn't have a problem of refusal to sell you an item because it doesn't match your bike, as you can shop via a bike specific parts fiche.

Of the two, I prefer Rocky Mtn ATV. Though they typically charge a few bucks more, I've always had consistent service from them, and they don't charge your credit card until the order ships. Partzilla will charge your card immediately at the time of purchase, whether the item is in stock or not. Also, Rocky Mtn usually offers free 3-day shipping, but in the case of back orders, you do have to wait until the parts arrive at their warehouse before they ship.

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post #14 of 24 Old 06-07-2019, 10:16 AM
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Don't waste time on ordering it online, hire the locksmith nearby and get the spare key on the same day.
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post #15 of 24 Old 02-12-2020, 01:54 PM
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Thanks alice, many 24hr locksmith experts are always available and i will call them for getting the spare key.
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post #16 of 24 Old 02-12-2020, 07:33 PM
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You should have pm'ed me. I have a serious number of key blanks. They are ebay or amazon. Usually less than 3 for 10.00.

If you get the blank, anyone can cut the key.
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I never thought the back up key was anything worth worrying about. That changed when I broke the only key I had while closing the fuel cap. I was close to home, so I walked over and grabbed the spare. This would have been a disaster if I had not been so close.
The problem of breaking off the key in the petrol cap is not a new one, and there is a modification developed by a Mr. F. Harmon for his Kawasaki Concours, way back in the 1990's.

I did this modification to my 2005 ZRX1200 successfully years ago, and I have just done it successfully to my 2019 N1K. You still need the key to open the cap, but you can close the cap without the key. Just press down the cap with your thumbs.

A full description of the procedure (with pictures) is at Mr. Harmon's website at www.pbase.com/fredharmon/gascapmod The pictures at the website are smallish, but if you click on them, they will be enlarged.

There are a couple of comments I would like to make based on my experiences.
  • I found it easier to remove the fuel cap off the tank completely and work on the latch at a work-bench.
  • To remove the fuel cap, open the fuel cap like normal, and then remove the 3 screws at 12, 5 & 7 o'clock on the cap ring. Make sure you hold & support the fuel cap with your hand so as to stop it falling and hitting/scratching the tank's paintwork. The screws at 10 & 2 o'clock are just decorative and don't need to be removed.
  • Make sure you put an old towel on the work bench so as to avoid scratching the top of the fuel cap.
  • If you do remove the fuel cap, make sure you don't loose the small rubber grommet located at 4 o-clock on the cap ring.
  • There are many small parts inside the fuel cap assembly, so take care and work slowly when you remove the latch plate.
  • Be especially careful when removing and re-installing the latch throw's spring. It is quiet strong and has a tendency to want to go flying off in any direct and getting lost. No spring and the cap won't work anymore.
  • Be accurate with the 4mm measurement, and take your time filing away the surplus metal. Check your progress often. Remember, it is easy to take off a little more metal if needed, but it is impossible to put a little bit of metal back if you go too far.
  • Make sure you re-install the small rubber grommet on the fuel tank before to re-install the cap ring.
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post #18 of 24 Old 02-13-2020, 09:42 AM
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Fred Harmon is a superhero. I'll do the gas cap mod as soon as I can.

Heres a good choice for key blanks. These look and feel like oem.

https://www.ebay.com/i/323879078747?...BoCpfQQAvD_BwE

I like these more. These keys look like the z 1000 key and have a better feel to them.

https://www.ebay.com/p/2101436400
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This one is cool. It has the Kawasaki rivermark.

https://www.aliexpress.com/i/33014911346.html

I just carry the blanks into the local lock and key place. I enjoy the visit, too, as it feels like visiting day in prison. Have you ever been to a locksmith business were the employees were not former criminals?
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The problem of breaking off the key in the petrol cap is not a new one, and there is a modification developed by a Mr. F. Harmon for his Kawasaki Concours, way back in the 1990's.

I did this modification to my 2005 ZRX1200 successfully years ago, and I have just done it successfully to my 2019 N1K. You still need the key to open the cap, but you can close the cap without the key. Just press down the cap with your thumbs.[/LIST]

I've been working on a mod so I could open AND close the OEM style gas cap without a key (I don't like the loose,screw type gas caps and I figure if it looks stock, no one would ever mess with it). I bought a knock off gas cap from China on Fleabay but haven't had time to work on it lately.

If you've seen this mod done before, I'd love to see how other people have done it.
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