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post #1 of 50 Old 03-27-2012, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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I went over to my local locksmith and tried to have a couple of extra keys made but ran into an issue.

The blanks they had for the previous generation are shorter than my 2012 key by enough that I wonder if I could get it into the steering lock position (since you have to push it down and turn.) Anybody else have extra keys made yet?

Also, are the part numbers for the 2004-2011 key blanks the same as the 2012? Can anyone point me in the right direction to find the part number for the 2012 blank?

*Note* - I am in the USA (no chips in the keys)

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post #2 of 50 Old 03-27-2012, 06:49 PM
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So did you give one a try with the old blank ? My local locksmith charges $3 .... I would give one a try

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I ran into the same problem, had them cut one with the old style blank, took it home and hack sawed the "handle" portion at 45 degree angles to get it to fit down into the ignition lock. Works good, not much to look at though, but for a spare...good enough.
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I had a good local locksmith make me a spare key and he too said his blank was too short, but he made me a key. After trying it, I cut about 3/16th of an inch off the part you hold of the key, trying to make it go deeper into the lock. No luck in the ignition, but it did work to unlock the seat.
I asked my dealer to get the proper blank and when I returned a week later,being in my truck, I forgot my original bike key and the parts guy said the key he ordered for my bike, a blank, was the same length as all his other blanks. Haven't yet returned with my original key to see "vas es los." HB
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Hmmm, we must be doing something different here. When I bought my bike, my key had a tag on it with a series of numbers. If I wanted to have any more keys, I would just have to go to the dealer and give the number code and tell him how many keys I wanted. That set of numbers was also on my sales receipt.
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Thanks for the responses, I'll probably modify the older blank to fit.

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Hmmm, we must be doing something different here. When I bought my bike, my key had a tag on it with a series of numbers. If I wanted to have any more keys, I would just have to go to the dealer and give the number code and tell him how many keys I wanted. That set of numbers was also on my sales receipt.
Yep, mine too. I was just trying to save a buck. I don't know how much Suzuki charges, but I am sure it is more than the $3.50 my local locksmith bills.

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Definately write down the numbers on the new keys in the owners manual! Then you can go to the stealer and pay $35 for a new key when you loose yours.

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Hmmm, we must be doing something different here. When I bought my bike, my key had a tag on it with a series of numbers. If I wanted to have any more keys, I would just have to go to the dealer and give the number code and tell him how many keys I wanted. That set of numbers was also on my sales receipt.
I think you have a good dealer. He probably also filled out a predelivery checklist and the number is on there too. A small percentage of shops write down that info like they should. All of you guys should get that number from that tiny tag on the original key ring and write it down. It can save you $100 or more when you lose all the keys you have. A shop with the Curtis key machine can cut new keys just using the number. Without the number you have to disassemble the main switch (after removing it's theft proof bolts) and decode from there. If you start replacing locks instead, you have the main switch, gas cap, and seat lock to replace.

I'm estimating here, but I'd say the factory blanks are $10-$20 each. It makes you nervous when you cut one of those.

If you don't have that number, a shop that does the Curtis key thing can decode the key and write the Cut code down for you so you have that which will work in place of the key code.

If you need the key code and don't have it, you *may* get lucky and a dealer can retrieve it from Suzuki. The only way Suzuki gets the number to start with is when the selling dealer registers the warranty online and tells Suzuki the key number in the process (yes, that's backwards). Only a couple of times that I have needed it did I find the key number available from Suzuki. Most dealers don't record or enter it.

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post #9 of 50 Old 04-06-2012, 11:52 PM
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Ilco Key Blanks

Just checked Kaba Ilco (largest keyblank manufacturer in the world) Online catalogue, the key that looks like it will fit is a transponder keyblank, I will check if they will make a non transponder blank. This is the one that matches the keyway SZ17REH2 but the head is a different shape.

ILCO Key Systems - Literature - Key Blanks
Go to Automotive PDF SEC 1 Page 140.

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The keys for the 650 are like samurai swords...mini defense weapons. I have never seen such a long key. Makes my BMW ADV key look like a nub. The key length leaves me with no doubts that the key engineer used to make swords.

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