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No Key!?!? What do i do?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by klootwyk, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. klootwyk

    klootwyk XS400 Member

    So I've recently picked up a 1983 maxim 400 project bike, problem is it came with no key! Don't worry, it's not stolen. Lived it's life on a farm, hasn't been used in years, keys disappear (sadly)..
    So I want to start tearing this bike apart and see what I'm working with. But I can't open the fuel cap or even turn it over! How do I get into the fuel tank? What's the best plan of attack?
  2. BBS360

    BBS360 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Should be a key code stamped on the ignition cylinder. Side or bottom. Ought to be a letter followed by five numbers.
    I believe Yamaha dealers may be able to cut new ones with the code, some locksmiths maybe too, but I ordered mine from http://www.keys4urride.com/

    How about some pictures or a build thread? :)
  3. butterbeats

    butterbeats XS400 Addict

    I had my key redone in Australia at a locksmith at Sumner Park Qld for around $35..... as long as I knew the number that was written in the cylinder where the key goes. I had one company want to charge me $250 to do it including a call out charge so it pays to ring around.
  4. Jeff0133

    Jeff0133 XS400 Junkie Top Contributor

    Or order a new switch with keys off of fleabay...
  5. BBS360

    BBS360 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Won't get him into the gas tank.
  6. I'd just put a switch in behind the light.
    an SPDT should do it.
  7. Oops! that sort of kills that one. I've always found with older vehicles of same make that another key works with some jiggling.
    I had 4 Ford Cortinas' that would all unlock and start with the same key.
  8. Jeff0133

    Jeff0133 XS400 Junkie Top Contributor

    Ya...forgot about the tank for a minute, a mechanic I know told me that he opened the tanks off of older bikes with a flat blade screwdriver sometimes...but you'd have to change the gas cap afterwards....

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