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post #1 of 33 Old 06-16-2012, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Went to my dealer to get a spare key, $53 for a blank. Even with the # you cannot get a key that is factory cut. If you lose your keys you must buy a new ignition and seat lock. Anyboby know of a cheaper blank? This for the 2012 and has a different blank than earlier models. I think this will be my last Suzuki.
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post #2 of 33 Old 06-16-2012, 08:25 PM
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I don't know if they have a chip in them, but if they don't try True Value.....I got one for my 2010 Goldwing for a couple bucks............TD

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Go to a locksmith. The local locksmith here in South Boston was able to find a standard blank for the earlier bike.

Many of them can now duplicate chipped keys as well. Even some of the mobile outfits in Boston can duplicate chipped keys.

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My owner's manual says that the 2012 Wee keys are chipped, so any new keys must also have the transponder chip.

My 2004 Aprilia Scarabeo GT also had chipped keys. If you lose both keys, you have to have the ignition, alarm and ECU replaced, to the tune of several hundred dollars.

AL&K | Motorcycle and Scooter Keys and Key Blanks | Transponder Keys This guy has a stellar reputation in the scooter/motorcycle field as being able to clone transponder keys for a reasonable price.

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What ? I considered the stock key to be too big to carry on a key ring, and wanted a spare. I visited the Key kiosk in the parking lot at the mall. He had blanks, standard thin metal, only trouble was the 'shoulder' on the key interfered with inserting it deep enough into the ignition to turn it. He ground the shoulders down enough to make em work. Cost me a whopping $5 each. I carry one in my wallet, with keys for the Givi bags under the seat. If I lose my keyring, the bike key in wallet gets me to the give key under the seat, and I'm back on the road.
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Dealer said nothing about a chip and was shocked at the price. Is it chipped or not chipped, that is the ?
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I have one of these on my key ring for daiy use,
this one stays in my wallet, the extra Givi Key goes under the seat.
It says
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And yet page 2-5 of my 2012 Wee manual states that an immobilizer identification code is programmed into the key and a key made by an ordinary locksmith will not work.

If all keys are lost, the ECM should be replaced. Also on page 2-5.

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What ? I considered the stock key to be too big to carry on a key ring, and wanted a spare. I visited the Key kiosk in the parking lot at the mall. He had blanks, standard thin metal, only trouble was the 'shoulder' on the key interfered with inserting it deep enough into the ignition to turn it. He ground the shoulders down enough to make em work. Cost me a whopping $5 each. I carry one in my wallet, with keys for the Givi bags under the seat. If I lose my keyring, the bike key in wallet gets me to the give key under the seat, and I'm back on the road.
Are you on a 2012 650/GLEE/Gstrom? If so the key is not chipped, correct?
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Are you on a 2012 650/GLEE/Gstrom? If so the key is not chipped, correct?

yes, these are for my

2012 650AL2

Big difference in size, the stock key is nice, but too big. Use that blank, they will not go down into the ignition far enough,
but you can grind or file the shoulders off , it will work. With all our vehicles having remote entry fobs, gigantic keys, and such,
to carry them all I'd need a man-bag, and I don't wanna get teased in the parking lot at work. They also fit in a wallet for emergency.

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