Sunday, July 29, 2012
Kawasaki Gas Cap Key
So I use a Harley style key switch on the my Vulcan and then I don't always have my Kawasaki key with me. This is a problem, because at least twice I have gotten out somewhere and not been able to open my gas cap. I decided to fix that. It's not a new idea, but I was having trouble pulling off and with being too kitschy.
Start with a fresh key copy and paint it with dye chem.
Mark it in place.
A second mark for about the height of the knob.
Not a good picture.
Here's my knob. I wanted hex stock and simplest way to get it was a cheap set of jumbo hex L-keys for about $10. I will use just a little bit of this wrench and still basically have the full set of L-keys if I actually need them.
Start a nice straight groove with a hacksaw.
Do the rest of the work with a cut-off wheel.
Fit it up and check it out.
Once I like the fit, it's time for J-B Weld.
Cut off what I need.
Sand things down and clean it up. I'll paint it black of course.
It works, but I may try again. It sits a little high and I think I would do a lot more fitting on the bike to get it to sit nice and tight to the cap.