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Offline asguthrie

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Saddlebag key/knob -- another cheap DIY
« on: January 04, 2019, 05:20:36 pm »
Must be winter, cuz I'm tinkering and daydreaming :motonoises:

Not that I always leave my keys in the bag, but sometimes I don't want to have to scrounge for a key at every piddly moment to open up my side case.  A key left in the bag looks -- well... stupid. So I did this for about $4, not including spare keys I previously had cut.  https://pix.sfly.com/rvbb5f

It consists of an aluminum tire valve cover and a key that's cut-off to the right height to allow it to be inserted and epoxied into the valve cap.  My goal was: when when the key is left in the bag it doesn't look like a key...  therefore I don't look like a tool riding around with keys sticking out.  :)     Yeah, I could have gone with black ones -- still could. 

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Re: Saddlebag key/knob -- another cheap DIY
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2019, 07:59:05 pm »
Yep...

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Re: Saddlebag key/knob -- another cheap DIY
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2019, 04:48:57 pm »
Yup
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Re: Saddlebag key/knob -- another cheap DIY
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2019, 09:14:34 pm »
Nice!  Nothing new under the sun around here.   :beerchug:

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Re: Saddlebag key/knob -- another cheap DIY
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2019, 10:03:22 pm »
I used these, purchased from an independent Radio Shack in John Day, OR. I did the cut off key and JB Weld routine.

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Re: Saddlebag key/knob -- another cheap DIY
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2019, 10:07:12 pm »
Turbo, that's slick..!!! Like the low profile stealthy look, please share,, what did u use for the knob..pl-zzzzzzzz

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Re: Saddlebag key/knob -- another cheap DIY
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2019, 03:39:06 pm »
https://www.amazon.com/Bragg-Organic-Apple-Cider-Vinegar/dp/B00E3B30WW/ref=sr_1_4_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1547224630&sr=8-4&keywords=apple%2Bcider%2Bvinegar&th=1

There you go!  I found an old thread on the forum and loved the way they looked.  They match the look of the bag very well.
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Re: Saddlebag key/knob -- another cheap DIY
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2019, 12:57:30 am »
Lol...that's wild...

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Re: Saddlebag key/knob -- another cheap DIY
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2019, 11:00:57 am »
Love it, very cool and functional. I'm always fumbling to find my key and removing gloves etc..to do it. They all look awesome guys, nice work!
  I like the plain old black plastic cap as it looks factory and does not draw attention to it, although the small size of the valve cap allows you to easily pull it and place in your pocket when leaving the bike. Great ideas.

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Re: Saddlebag key/knob -- another cheap DIY
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2019, 11:20:32 am »
One of the best mods you can do. I used a black cap from a hot suace bottle that matched the black in the bags. I haven’t removed the stove knob key once since doing this.
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Re: Saddlebag key/knob -- another cheap DIY
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2019, 05:27:23 am »
Where do you get your extra keys? On my old Goldwing I had extras cut at Home Depot.

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Re: Saddlebag key/knob -- another cheap DIY
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2019, 11:05:15 am »
From the C-14 parts and accessory sticky.....once you know your blank type, anybody that sells parts can get you one and a local locksmith or store can cut the keys.

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Key Blank - ILCO KW14R  Note: Double check your keys and this information. There seems to be two types of keys, beginning with either an "A" or "B". If you have an "A" key it should be a "KW14R" key-blank.  If you have a "B"  key, it should be an "KW14" key-blank. This was true on the 2008. But I'm not sure how they may be on newer models (so double check).
 http://www.mysecuritypro.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=663
Another key blank is an ilco X254. I used this on my 08. I do not remember if I had an A or B key.


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Re: Saddlebag key/knob -- another cheap DIY
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2019, 01:07:26 pm »
Thanks!!

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Re: Saddlebag key/knob -- another cheap DIY
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2019, 11:56:57 pm »
I ordered aluminum knobs from Amazon after reading this post...they just arrived from China. It's fine, as they were under $4.00 bucks shipped. Painted with the only red-ish paint I had today attempting to match the Candy Arabian Red. (not so much) I will probably paint them solid black. Thanks for posting this great idea.





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Re: Saddlebag key/knob -- another cheap DIY
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2019, 01:02:28 am »
 :)) :)) :)) :)) :)) :)) :))
I made mine from caps off a couple bottles of ISo Heet I had tossed in the trash..
Used up my "old" JB Weld epoxy,(and bought a new package for this year) and smiled.

of course, I never leave them in the locks... that would be silly on my part... but they work nicely.. and go in my Stich pocket.. and work for my gastank lock also...

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Re: Saddlebag key/knob -- another cheap DIY
« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2019, 12:22:56 am »
:)) :)) :)) :)) :)) :)) :))

of course, I never leave them in the locks... that would be silly on my part... but they work nicely.. and go in my Stich pocket.. and work for my gastank lock also...

I'm just silly, I virtually never remove them.

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Re: Saddlebag key/knob -- another cheap DIY
« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2019, 07:12:08 pm »
Good idea! Seems like a consistant complaint from most ST riders. I've seen all kinds of fabricated covers for the locks, but these look at least decent!