Make a new key, order one, or forgo ignition system?
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    Junior Member Gyawn's Avatar
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    Make a new key, order one, or forgo ignition system?

    So I'm blindly working on my '69 CB350 right now and I can't find the key anywhere.
    I haven't touched the thing since 2015(when it ran briefly before I started messing around with no direction)and I was a lot younger and didn't know what I was doing even more than now.

    I have a shop manual now and am watching a ton of youtube videos so that's been helping a lot with understanding things a bit more.

    Anyway, I'm cleaning up the side cases right now before I get started on the wiring(oh god) and am wondering if I can start the bike without the key, and possibly going just kick start only?

    I've got that Rick's Rectifer(?) the box looking one and Rick's stator(I think?Have the box but can't tell if it's the old or Rick one).

    I'm rather intimidated by all the ignition system/point stuff atm and don't have much money to update parts so I thought it might be easier to just buy a starter motor plug, take out the starter chain, sprockets.

    I was going to just take the ignition lock off but ran into this old wiring housing and it's not budging even with a tiny flathead and light love taps with a hammer.

    What're my options here?


    Ignition Switch wiring
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/14mz...ew?usp=sharing

    Is this wear normal?
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1510...ew?usp=sharing
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/156r...ew?usp=sharing

    Engine Number
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/14ym...ew?usp=sharing
    Last edited by Gyawn; 11-07-2019 at 10:03 PM.
    1969 Honda CB350 K1

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    Supporting Member Yendor's Avatar
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    There are sevral sellers of replacement keys.

    The lock has a number printed on it and that's all you need to get one.
    Here is a lnk to one seller but there are multiples out there.

    Honda Keys.com Your source for NOS Honda Keys
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    1972 CB 350 K4 Red - Now a Happy Rider ! !
    1972 CB 350 K4 Green (My Sons) DONE - YES !,
    1st Bike 1970 SL 350 (Brought home in Parts - Trailer/Trunk/Back Seat - I miss that bike),
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    Junior Member Gyawn's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yendor View Post
    There are sevral sellers of replacement keys.

    The lock has a number printed on it and that's all you need to get one.
    Here is a lnk to one seller but there are multiples out there.

    Honda Keys.com Your source for NOS Honda Keys
    Hey, thanks!I've emailed them about the key
    1969 Honda CB350 K1

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    Just take your ignition switch out and take it to a locksmith. All they need is the number on the lock cylinder and they can make you another key easily.

    It costed about $10 to have a new one made for mine.

    If you know the numbers on the cylinder you wouldn't even need to bring it in either.
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    Remember to always turn the ignition switch OFF after doing a test! Leaving it on by accident is a good way to burn out a coil.
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