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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Nov 22nd, 2008, 10:17 am Thread Starter
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Question How to get a locked gas cap off with no key?

Just bought a used gas tank, XX9 that came with the gas cap installed and locked. I don't need the cap, I just need to get it off.
Seems that the easy thing to do is just get out the drill and a big bit and drill out the lock mechanism.
Before I do it though, I wanted to check to see if anyone else has done this and gain from your experience.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Nov 22nd, 2008, 1:40 pm
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It should be fairly easy to open with a lock pick set. I am no locksmith, but with a pick set, and a little knowledge of how a lock works, you should be able to open the gas cap without damaging it or the tank in a few minutes.
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In my experience, gas tank locks seem to be the easiest to pick. You're better off picking the lock and taking the cap off than dealing with a bunch of shavings/debris in the tank later.

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Yeah, take it to a local locksmith, have them pick it...I just lost the keys to my 62 Ranchero, cost me $15 to have the locksmith pick the ignition lock...took him less than 5 minutes
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pull the pump out and push the lock back from the inside
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pull the pump out and push the lock back from the inside
+1... I did that when I got my 2nd 748 tank. The hole is pretty big and you can usually hit it with your finger no problem.
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I guarantee this will do the trick.


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i'll have to look at my 749's cap, but i've taken a couple suzuki caps off by breaking off or dremeling around where the hinge pin in--and then pulling the pin out. i didn't worry about wrecking the cap because it's useless with a key
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i didn't worry about wrecking the cap because it's useless with a key
My thought exactly. I have a spare stock cap rattling around in a box that I do have the key for, and this cap was pretty corroded on the inside.
I just got out the trusty "OC Choppers" bit and had at it. I wanted to be sure that no damage would come to the tank itself when I drilled it out, but I rolled the dice, and none did.
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Maybe they change it.

Used to be that any Ducati key would open any tank of similar model. Ie. any supersport key will open any supersport tank. But I could be mistaken.

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