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ducnomore
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gas tank with no key

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Hi lads, i have a question for you.
I recently sold my ns400 to a friend and bought myself another to restore.
So this new bike came with a spare gas tank but no key.
Has anyone had any luck getting a gas cap off with no key?
Thanks!
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Mark
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If it were me, I'd drill out the lock.
If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is.

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Hi,
Your best bet is to take the tank to your local locksmith, together with a trailer strap that you need to wrap around the tank to compress the cap down so he can pick the lock. Once he's got it open take the screws out that hold the cap on and on the underside of the cap hinge there's the code number for the key from which he should be able to cut a new key.
Saying that, you'll also find a key code on the back of the seat lock mechanism and on the underside of the ignition barrell so it might be worth trying that first !
Cheers Ian.

ducnomore
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Thanks for the replies guys.
I thought about drilling the lock but when the cap goes on, 2 little legs pop out and hook under the neck of the tank. I dont think drilling the lock will retract them.
And this tank is a spare from another bike so i will have to rely on the number under the hinge to cut a key. I will try Ians idea.
Thanks!
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Mat Grant
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Hi,

The cap lock can be drilled off reasonably easy. I bought a jap import NS400 that came with no key - once you drill through the lock the top part of the lock comes off (ie the bit the key inserts into, and there are two small tabs that you can turn with a screwdriver to release. Obviously the lock is buggered at this point, but you can open and close the tank with a flat blade screwdriver.

I took the fuel tap off first, and swilled out the petrol, then washed out with water to reduce the risk of fire, befroe doing the above.

This has to be a last resort after looking for the key number and getting a new key!

Cheers, Mat.
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Post by Channel Hopper »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xkkS2p7SuQ

All you need is a duff key with the correct lateral groove pattern, and a tack hammer.

Twist the key clockwise slightly as you tap (everso lightly ).

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Holy smokes Channel Hopper! Now i feel safe in my home! :shock:
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Channel Hopper wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xkkS2p7SuQ

All you need is a duff key with the correct lateral groove pattern, and a tack hammer.

Twist the key clockwise slightly as you tap (everso lightly ).
This method doesn't work with the bike lock. Don't let CH near your front door though. :roll:

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Ian wrote:
Channel Hopper wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xkkS2p7SuQ

All you need is a duff key with the correct lateral groove pattern, and a tack hammer.

Twist the key clockwise slightly as you tap (everso lightly ).
This method doesn't work with the bike lock. Don't let CH near your front door though. :roll:

From memory, the lock barrel can be removed from the lock with a few tiny screw drivers.
Always easier to explain AFTER your've just done one.

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