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Old 03-18-2015, 06:05 PM   #1
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R75 ignition key

I recently picked up a 73 R75. Here's my silly question, how do I remove the key from the ignition? Is there some special technique? It doesn't want to come out and I'm afraid to force it in fear of damage to it. HELP!
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:43 PM   #2
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Pull back on the plastic slider, then pull the "spike key" straight up and out. It may take a little force, the detent spring is typically kind of stiff.
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:55 PM   #3
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put a drop of oil down the key stem, the steel ball detent is probably stuck with a little rust. just a drop should do
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Old 03-18-2015, 08:05 PM   #4
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Would a squirt of WD 40 do the same?
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Old 03-18-2015, 08:44 PM   #5
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Sure thing.
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Old 03-19-2015, 06:42 AM   #6
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Once you have the key out, make sure you never press the key in backwards. The barb on the back of the key will damage or break the back plastic slider.
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:24 AM   #7
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I tend to leave my key half way in the ignition when it's parked at home just so I don't wear the unit out by constantly pulling it out.
Just a little pull up and it will stop on the detent and kill the bike and switched power. Pulling harder past that will pull it completely out.
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Old 03-19-2015, 09:21 AM   #8
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^what he said
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Old 03-19-2015, 02:58 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the good advice. I gave it a shot of WD last night and it popped right out this morning. I plan to leave the key in most of the time, but I need to leave the bike on my porch for a couple of days and was very uncomfortable leaving it alone with the key in the switch.
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Old 03-19-2015, 03:13 PM   #10
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Good news is nobody knows it's a key anymore.
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Old 03-19-2015, 03:27 PM   #11
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Good news is nobody knows it's a key anymore.
Yep, plus around here thieves are mainly interested in HD 's, but they'll steal anything that's not tied down if they think they can sell it for a pain pill.
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Old 03-19-2015, 03:29 PM   #12
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Watch out for your spark plugs too, then.
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Watch out for your spark plugs too, then.
I live out in the woods and my dogs and honeybees tend to keep most folks away.
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Nice. Doesn't sound too bad then.
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I live out in the woods and my dogs and honeybees tend to keep most folks away.
I specifically put bees where idiots were jumping my fence and getting in my basement. The dogs help the keep the main floor of the house safe
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