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    I hate the locking Gas Door and Glove Box, a PITA having to shut bike off to get something from glove box, So I found this online, made 2 key knobs, thought I may share how I did this, it does make life easier.... I apologize if you have already read about this.

    I found this online. Purchase 2 OEM Radio knobs, then get 2 keys made put 1 in Gas door 1 in glove box door, mark them to be cut so you can slide them in the radio knobs, about 1/2' longer than where they stick out of lock, heat the key end then push into Radio knob to make a slot. Pick up JB Weld Fill radio knob with it let it set for 2 minutes push key cutoff end into it and hold straight, JB Weld only takes 5 minutes to set 6 hours to cure, Now you have nice knobs for Gas Tank and Glove box, if you forget to take out while stopped they wont push into the ignition or trunk far enough to start the bike, works great!


    Tony C.
    2014 GL1800 Level 3 Black
    Why Black?
    Cause Everyone Knows the Black Ones Are Faster!

  • #2
    I have done this upgrade 4 years ago very nice works well. I also used some velcro on the inside of the lid and gas cap to hold on the lid works great while fueling. Tried to upload pictures but having problems
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    • #3
      I only use one knobby, but find it great when filling up or if I need to dig something out of the left pocket.
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      • #4
        my concern is that the fuel door key/ glove box door key will also start the bike. there are a lot of thieves out there that know about the knobs.

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        • #5
          rcdoc-

          Can't happen. Once the key is trimmed and mounted to the knob, it is too short to start the motor. A truly determined crook could steal it and get a regular key made and then he could start your bike. This is a lot of work, and effort, for lazy people, and I have never seen a crook who is not lazy. For the convienence factor, I have done it and like it, although I only do one, and leave it in the gas door.

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          • #6
            If Im somewhere for a while and know I cant see the bike I throw them in the trunk and lock it.....you could rip the key out with pliers and get the bike started....
            Tony C.
            2014 GL1800 Level 3 Black
            Why Black?
            Cause Everyone Knows the Black Ones Are Faster!

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            • #7
              I do the same, lock me up when away or overnight. Otherwise they stay in all the time. I had these in the '99 (2 bikes ago) and didn't even realize it was standard until someone pointed it out

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Fire trike View Post
                I do the same, lock me up when away or overnight. Otherwise they stay in all the time. I had these in the '99 (2 bikes ago) and didn't even realize it was standard until someone pointed it out
                They make life a little easier.....
                Tony C.
                2014 GL1800 Level 3 Black
                Why Black?
                Cause Everyone Knows the Black Ones Are Faster!

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                • #9
                  I did this on my 2010 with no problem. However, I have attempted 2 times now to have a key made for my 2012 and neither of them work. So will someone please tell me what key blank to buy for the 2012 that can be cut to fit the bike?

                  I even went to Cool Springs Honda in Franklin TN with my key number in hand and they told me that even with the key number you can not order a key from Honda...sucks.

                  Help, Jim

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                  • #10
                    Making a glove box key

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                    • #11
                      That is a nice idea for the keys but is there any chance for the keys to fall out while riding? Seems there is nothing to lock the key into place while it is just sitting in the neutral position.
                      Dave - High up in Arizona - Black Metallic 2019 DCT

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                      • #12
                        150k miles and one hasn't fallen out yet.
                        Richard
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by TravelinLite View Post
                          150k miles and one hasn't fallen out yet.
                          Same here
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 530ktm View Post
                            That is a nice idea for the keys but is there any chance for the keys to fall out while riding? Seems there is nothing to lock the key into place while it is just sitting in the neutral position.
                            I have had mine for about five years, and it has never fallen out or been stolen. The only place it works anyway is in the gas filler cover and the right front fairing cubby. It will not work in my ignition, fork lock or trunk.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Cruiseman View Post
                              Making a glove box key

                              2 attempts using the Axxess 27R and no luck. Any other key blank suggestions?

                              Jim

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                              • #16
                                Jim, not trying to insult but did you try the key before you cut it off? I can't think of a reason it shouldn't work.
                                Richard
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                                • #17
                                  Mine have never fallen out either.

                                  Jim, try 31R. That's what my local Home Depot recommended for me. When they said 31R, I said no... 27R. So they cut that key and it didn't work in any of the slots on my 2013 F6B. I went back in... and sheepishly asked for the 31R which worked.

                                  Like Richard suggested, try them before cutting.

                                  If it still doesn't work, go to a real locksmith to have them cut. A real locksmith will cut much cleaner and precise than anybody at Walmart or Home Depot.
                                  George - 2013 F6B Standard - Largo, FL

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by jprism View Post

                                    2 attempts using the Axxess 27R and no luck. Any other key blank suggestions?

                                    Jim
                                    I don't mean to be insulting, but you DID have the key blanks cut to match your Goldwing key? Not sure how the key could be a matching cut and not work, it is a basic Honda Accord key which is the same as the Goldwing. Unless, they did not cut it correctly.

                                    Also, if you cut it too short, it won't work.
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                                    • #19
                                      I rolled my 2013 F6B. The gas door and cubby keys were still in place.

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                                      • srt8-in-largo
                                        srt8-in-largo commented
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                                        Wowee! Glad your up and around. Did you get another bike?

                                      • sorcerer
                                        sorcerer commented
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                                        The gear did its job. Walked away with out a scratch a bump or a pulled any thing. I got very lucky that it stayed on the roadway. It was about 30feet down and woods at the bottom of the ditch. Took my Insurance co a month and a half to settle. Picked up a 2014 used yellow locally with 7,000 miles on it.

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                                        Cool man. I'd be interested to see pics if you have any; maybe start an accident thread.

                                    • #20
                                      Mine is even cheaper...it's the same knob as you'd use on the dimmer switch for a household light switch.

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