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Looking at picking up a salvage title bike to work on over the winter, but the bike in question has no key with it, how hard are these to track down, would I have to buy a whole new ignition, any input would be appreciated.
 

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Take off the helmet lock(you might have to brake the lock part with a bolt cutter to do it). On the back side of it there is a number. That is your key code. A knowlegeable Kawasaki dealer can make you a key from that. But be warned. Two of the idiotic dealers around here told me that they didn't know anything about a "code" or how to use it.
 

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Thanks guys, not really worried about whether or not it runs, in minnesota i'll nothing to do for the next few months but tinker, besides if I can score an 05 with less than 1500 miles for a great price ill take the chance
 

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best bet would be to buy an ignition on ebay that comes with a key. then get a locksmith to make the helmet and gas tank lock to match, those locks are much easier and cheaper to fix
 

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scoring an 05 with less than 1500 miles...heh ive got an 06, with 2000 miles now, and ive only had it a month. so good luck with that.
 

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Hey thanks for all the input, but with the bike I mentioned, the auction end tomorrow so I called the place that was selling to ask a few more specific questions before bidding. turns out the front rim and fork are slightly bent, I've heard mention of swapping 500 parts to a 250 for a better suspension; would that even be possible here or would it be better to replace with original parts. thanks a bunch
 

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so it turns out all the kawasaki dealers up north here know nothing of the code on the helmet lock to make a new key, one guy tryed to sell me a $200 full ignition and lock set! yeah right, looks like im going to have to pull the ignition and bring it in to a lock smith, only $40 there. im not going to get it done until next week so if any of you know of a dealer thats knowledgeable enough to save me the hassle that'd be great, otherwise i'll just spend the $40, thanks, will
 

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Pulling the triple tree out isn't too bad unless the forks are locked. Then it takes some hammer and proper motivation to get it removed. Only reason why I know this is I lost my only key and had the forks locked. After pulling the tree, I found the key. Make sure you get a copy or 4 just in case...
 

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will definately have numerous copies made once I get one, probobly will stash one somewhere sneaky on the bike too. I do that on most of my cars and it paid off once, thirty-five miles north of anywhere minnesota and no cell reception.
 
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