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Old 10-21-2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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HELP! Changing GS Ignition Cylinder???

I have a '95 R1100GS. I changed the complete ignition switch and harness as a used unit ( 'cause I'm cheap) and solved all my problems. Now I'd like to Key it back to my original cylinder and want to do it myself ( 'cause I'm cheap) without involving a dealer. My original cylinder seems A-Ok (the harness was shorting). Are there any "paint by number" threads or links that will help walk an idiot through it? Thanks,

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Old 10-22-2012, 05:06 AM   #2
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I have a '95 R1100GS. I changed the complete ignition switch and harness as a used unit ( 'cause I'm cheap) and solved all my problems. Now I'd like to Key it back to my original cylinder and want to do it myself ( 'cause I'm cheap) without involving a dealer. My original cylinder seems A-Ok (the harness was shorting). Are there any "paint by number" threads or links that will help walk an idiot through it? Thanks,
In the front of the ignition unit, next to the "fluted" rib about halfway up is a very small hole. Insert the key in the ignition, turn the key to the "ON" position, insert a small pick or pin into the hole and pull out the ignition barrel with key still inserted.
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:12 AM   #3
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Timely. The switch in my 1150 failed yesterday. I hotwired the bike to get it home, and I've got a couple ideas to bypass the key. If I can resurrect the switch, I will.

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Old 10-22-2012, 06:17 PM   #4
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Switch separates from the barrel. Never any need to remove the lock. For obvious reasons we do not post the method in the forum. Inmates with reputation can start a thread to request a pm.
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:35 PM   #5
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Hotwiring the 1150 is stupid easy, and should be in your bag of tricks should you find yourself far from home with a bad switch on a Sunday night...
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