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post #1 of 10 Old 06-03-2010, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Missing keys

So the Wee comes with 2 keys and some sort of tag that tells Zuk how to make a replacement.

My normal set has been missing in action since last October when I had a spill.
I've only been out a few times this season using my spare. I think I dropped it in my garage when I was carrying an arm load of crap into the house but several searches have not turned it up.

Tearing the office apart, I can't seem to locate the key id thing that came with the keys. I can't remember what it looks like. Someone have a photo or verbal description.

Anyone had to get keys replaced from the VIN? Can Zuk do that?

I know both my keys and that tag are at my house as the bike is here but,... No jokes please I'm turning 50 in July and am suffering from CRS.

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-03-2010, 06:59 PM
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Key ID tag.

The tag is just a little sheet metal strip, about 1.5" long. I have also seen a little engrave black plastic tag.
Hope this helps.

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post #3 of 10 Old 06-03-2010, 08:30 PM
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Mine is thin black plastic, about 1 1/8" long by 3/8" wide. Round hole at the top for attaching to the key ring and one side has some very small barely readable characters at the bottom.

Would have lost mine a long time ago if it wasn't attached to the spare key.

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Still no keys but I have the tag. WOO HOO!!!
It's plastic and the numbers are very hard to read for 50 yr old eyes, so I scanned it at high rez and blew it up.

I also recorded the image and number with my maintenance schedule. Word to the wise...

Thought I'd post an image for other CRS'ers


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Missing keys

Awesome.

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I wish I had one for mine.
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post #8 of 10 Old 06-07-2010, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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And now for the rest of the story...

So I call the closest dealer to my office since the dealer near my home closed (2 months after I bought my bike but I'm not bitter, no) and ask if they can make me a key. They say yup and I head out of work an hour early so I can get there before they close. I battle traffic, stand in line at the parts counter only to be told they don't make keys anymore, their machine doesn't work very well.

So then I look on the Internet a bit, but don't come up with anything productive and it was Friday and I was hoping to ride over the weekend so I call the next closest dealer (a very large dealer south of DC in VA who I won't name) and they say they don't make keys. I was floored a dealer that large wouldn't make keys, they pointed me to a locksmith who was closed.

So I Call their sister store that's a bit farther away and low and behold they make keys ($16 for a $4 key). Hot damn. So I take my fiancee down to a National Park in the area and and stop at the dealer to get the key made (save gas, conserve trips) and I'm happy as a clam. Well we hike 10 miles and are exhausted when we get home so we just get food, a movie and showers. Sunday AM while she sleeps in, I head out for a ride and the key doesn't work.

Now pissed as all get out, I call a lock smith, he can do it but the weekend rate will cost me an extra $100. Wait till Monday, I take 2 hours off from work to get there for his last appointment of the day. He picks the lock on the gas tank, removes the gas cap, then the lock cylinder. He puts the key in the cylinder, does a little filing, the key now works. Oh and he did all this in less then 10 minutes, doesn't that make you feel secure locking your bike?

So 3 hours of lost wages, $152 for a non working key and lock smith visit and I'm back on the road.

So if you've just bought a bike or if you have CRS and loose stuff like me, get a 3rd key made, test it and keep it in your safe deposit box. If you ever get down to that last key, the first ride should be out to get more made. Make a 4th and 5th and give them to parent's, friends, anyone who might help you in time of need. I plan to go to Home Depot or a lock smith and have a half dozen made.

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Sorry to hear about your woes my friend. I recently bought a new 09 wee and visited my local locksmith a few days ago because I was leaving on a out of state trip and wished to have a spare along and didn't want to carry my only other spare ! She took one look at my original key, selected a blank from her rack, said each key will be $3.50. I said 2 please, she cut the first and handed it over for me to check as I was on my bike. Checked all three locks with the new key, reported back to her, she cut the 2nd and I was off in joy. I now have it hidden on my wee + one for my wallet so I know it will never be needed

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I love to go to Broadway Lock because they always come out to check out the bike. And their keys always work.

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