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Keys & Key Ring – Is it bad for the ignition switch?
July 21, 2008 at 5:57 pm #1752WeaponZeroParticipant
I keep my motorcycle key on a ring with my house keys (2 keys, 1 for top lock and 1 for bottom), the keys to my craftsman rollaway toolbox, and the key to my guitar case. I have spares of all these keys sitting in a drawer at home. I’ve been hearing a rattling sound coming from the bike when moving at speeds in excess of 30mph and my dad says that it’s coming from the keys on my key ring and that I shouldn’t keep all those on it. He says that I could damage the ignition switch if I don’t have my motorcycle key seperate. Is this true?July 21, 2008 at 6:06 pm #9046ShannonGParticipant
I kknow that a heavy key ring is bad for a car ignition because it hangs. I don’t think you can damage your ignition with that number of keys, but there is the annoyance factor and the paint around my ignition is getting a little scraped up from my house key waving around. Sometimes my house key gets stuck in the gap between the ignition plate and the handlebar mount too.July 21, 2008 at 8:06 pm #9056BuddParticipant
I keep my keys on a d-ring. I have each car and my motorcycle seperate. I can, and do, just take my motorcycle key off when I ride. The D-ring is unobtrusive and can clip on to belt loops and such.
“I am the best I am at what I do, and what I do ain’t nice.”-WolverineJuly 21, 2008 at 8:49 pm #9058ShannonGParticipant
Or, in my case, slip out of my pocket and into key limbo, where all my keys end up sooner or later.July 22, 2008 at 2:29 am #9076AmorylParticipant
you’ve got to have a pretty huge number of keys on your chain before you start causing damage to the ignition, I believe the Car Talk guys figure near enough to a pound of general weight. that’d be like an entire skyrise maintinence man’s keyring. or a league’s worth of crap connected to it. not saying SOME people don’t have all that…but most people don’tJuly 22, 2008 at 2:24 pm #9102AaronMerlotParticipant
I keep my bike key on the small end of a detachable ring. That way all that is hanging from my bike is the small leather fob. I am mostly worried about scratches.July 22, 2008 at 5:03 pm #9105AmorylParticipant
yeah the only harm I can imagine with a normal key ring would be the other keys swinging around and potentially scratching something, weight wise, I don’t see it.July 23, 2008 at 7:02 pm #9184AnonymousGuest
I recently just put my motorcycle key on a detachable key fob, you’re not likely to cause any damage to the ignition switch, but i found a large number of keys had three major problems:
1. Scratches around the ignition
2. Excessive noise, as the keys would vibrate against the triple tree and handlebar
3. Weight – I mad a left turn and the weight of all my keys was enough to turn off the ignition.
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