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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 23rd, 2006, 4:53 pm Thread Starter
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Question BMW saddlebag keyed locks?

Would anybody know how to "re-code" the cylinder locks on BMW luggage so that they work with the ignition key? If it makes any difference I am trying to rekey the saddlbags on my K1200R. I know that the dealer usually does this but I bought the bike out-of-town (no local dealer) and I will not be able to go back there anytime soon.

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 23rd, 2006, 5:26 pm
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Not sure about the KR bags but the KRS is simple. Some instructions here.

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Thanks for the link, Brent. Those instructions seem to be for the normal style key (ridges on the outer edge). Do you know if the instructions are also valid for the new style key which has smooth outer edges and inset ridges?

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post #4 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 24th, 2006, 10:30 pm Thread Starter
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Well I was able to remove the lock barrel and it appears to function similarly to "normal" key lock barrels but I don't see how to remove the wafers. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Greg,

I keyed my new locks for my K1200s luggage. Understand that I was willing to buy another set of unmatched locks and send them to a locksmith if needed so I went nuts. The unmatched were ~28 bucks and the matched were over 100 so I though I had a few swings at the plate .

First, I put my ignition key in the lock. Then I filed the tumblers flat. This step was a little tricky because some have to be held on the opposite side or the file just pushes them down but does not remove metal.

When this is complete insert and remove the key multiple times to make sure it will work and will not stick. Mine was very sticky. This is dependant on how much material you have to remove from the tumblers. I found that one of my tumblers was drastically reduced and would hang up on the outer edge of the cylinder.

Next I used needle nose pliers to "tug" on the tumbler and it came right out. None of the others would move. I did this on the matching set and the same thing happened.

I cleaned all the shaving impregnated grease off the cylinder and regreased and installed them in the bag.

Life is good.

BUT: One of the tumblers is not there from a security point of view (I dont view this as a big deal, but a locksmith would give you a better result).

My projects are usually more detailed but this was very experimental, and I was not expecting success. I also do not know how to get the cylinder back out so I guess I'm done.

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El_Barto,
Thanks for the direction. I have still been unable to remove the wafers and see your solution as the only one available at the moment. Looks like the dremel tool is going to see a little action.

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Greg,

I couldn't find any way to take the wafers out either. They only come out if you have to file off a great deal of the wafer. You can also make the necessary adjustments very easily with only a file. A dremel may be a little intense for the fine work you will need to perform.

If you run into any problems let me know.

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El Barto,
After contacting a couple of dealers, I've found that filing the wafers is the method that they use. I didn't have any small files but I did have a number of small dremel bits that worked very well although I believe that your suggestion on using files would have been more appropriate.
The filing was actually the easy part. Getting the lock barrels out of the cases was a little more of a chore. Oh well, at least it's done and working.

Thanks again for the advice,
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I think your book may tell you that your local dealer will do this at no cost to you.
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Papilio,
You are correct. Unfortunately, I have no local dealer and I am not going to have time to return to the dealer in Austin until mid-May. Thanks for the suggestion though.

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