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#3320837 - 03/23/14 12:51 PM Blank Keys -- Are there any good quality brands?
Reddy45 Offline

Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 642
Loc: USA
I'm trying to find a blank key for my Suzuki motorcycle that isn't going to bend or warp. The seat release and the gas tank cap have very finnicky locks that require a bit extra force to engage.

I've got an ILCO SUZ18 that has been OK, but it did warp a little when my seat release was being tough one day.

I see that there are brands like CURTIS, TAYLOR, etc..

Are any of these going to be stronger than others?

#3320841 - 03/23/14 12:58 PM Re: Blank Keys -- Are there any good quality brands? [Re: Reddy45]
Tdbo Online   content

Registered: 08/18/09
Posts: 2433
Loc: Ohio
I'd go to a dealer and spend the extra for a factory key.
You might also check ebay for a factory blank.
You might also try some graphite lube in the locks to see if that makes them less finicky.
I had a Walmart rubber head copy snap in the trunk lock of a Chrysler convertible I used to own.
Not fun when you are 40 miles from home.
2012 Honda Accord LX-P 76K
2008 Ford Mustang Pony Package Convertible 13K
2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L 72K
2003 Ford Ranger 3.0 Supercab 86K

#3320846 - 03/23/14 01:07 PM Re: Blank Keys -- Are there any good quality brands? [Re: Reddy45]
andyd Offline

Registered: 09/25/04
Posts: 4486
Loc: Marshfield , MA
Spend the money for dealer keys. If they're like my BMWs, they are a steel key, not the brass blanks used on the hardware store key cutters. BMW will cut you a new key using the VIN. To get a new key for a 20 yr old car was inpressive
1988 BMW 528e 20w50 dino, STP filter

1994 Ranger ,the Rat, 5w30 dino, STP filter

'09 Camry SE, Valvoline bulk 5w30 and ? filter

#3320989 - 03/23/14 03:10 PM Re: Blank Keys -- Are there any good quality brands? [Re: Reddy45]
sciphi Offline

Registered: 03/24/07
Posts: 9252
Loc: Upstate NY
Spray the locks with some Fluid Film or other long-lasting lubricant. Not everybody's going to have a can of FF laying around, though. Graphite may do the trick if it's worked in there enough.

Otherwise, a little dab of dielectric grease on the surface the locks lock to might make it a bit smoother. The dielectric grease also generally stays where it's put.
2009 Honda Fit Sport
2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

#3321133 - 03/23/14 05:30 PM Re: Blank Keys -- Are there any good quality brands? [Re: Reddy45]
paulo57509 Offline

Registered: 07/13/03
Posts: 1907
Loc: Tracy, CA
I get all my spare motorcycle keys here:
1987 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z 5.0L
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1992 Lumina Euro Coupe 3.1L
1998 Lexus LS400
2003 GMC Safari

#3321661 - 03/24/14 06:49 AM Re: Blank Keys -- Are there any good quality brands? [Re: Reddy45]
Smoky14 Offline

Registered: 04/23/03
Posts: 1101
Loc: Nowhere NM
Disassemble the locks in question and clean the surfaces, lube lightly and you can use any key. Zuki keys are brass for the most part.

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05 Suzuki Bandit 1200.