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Ditch your key lock gas cap?

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For ~20 years, Guzzi has shipped the V7, Cal 11 and now the 1400s with the key locking gas cap shown below. If you live with them long enough, you know they tend to be a little frustrating and can end up bending or breaking your ignition key if you don't keep the internals lubed. For those who don't care about locking gas caps, or have ended up replacing the cap with another keyed version, I'm offering the knob below that will replace the key tumbler assy. Cost will be $49.95 in raw aluminum (as shown), or polished for $10 more.
Purchase info HERE; https://www.guzzitech.com/store/product/gt-gas-cap-key-knob/

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Will they work with the Sport 1100s too?
I believe the Sport uses the flip hinge configuration. If so, I'll have to take a look. This one will not likely fit it, no.
 

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I bought one from Steve Benton, a few years back. Love it!
Don't remember the cost, but $50 sounds reasonable. You won't regret it!
 

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I bought one from Steve Benton, a few years back. Love it!
Yes, I recall seeing his years ago, so I redesigned it as I didn't like the same as the cap size and price.
 

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I bought one from Steve Benton, a few years back. Love it!
Don't remember the cost, but $50 sounds reasonable. You won't regret it!
Didn't mean to make a comparison/connection, just meant to say the convenience is well worth the price!
 

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Hi Todd the gas cap on my sport lifts out like the California.

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Todd I was thinking flip hinge, as in flip hinge for the gas cap on a '78 Lemans. I, literally, just realised you meant the flip hinge for the flap that covers the key hole. The flap would need to be removed and, for aesthetic reasons, the diameter of the top of the knob would need to be a little over 2 1/4". Given the texture and color of the stock gas cap, I think i'll leave the stock cap as is and continue to use the key, and start spraying lithium grease in the key hole occasionally.
 

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I, literally, just realised you meant the flip hinge for the flap that covers the key hole. The flap would need to be removed and, for aesthetic reasons, the diameter of the top of the knob would need to be a little over 2 1/4". Given the texture and color of the stock gas cap, I think i'll leave the stock cap as is and continue to use the key, and start spraying lithium grease in the key hole occasionally.
I meant the one pictured below. Hinged as in, flip up cap, non-removable from the bike. This knob will not work at all of this style. Yes, lithium and disassembly once/year is paramount to it working correctly, even with this knob.

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......i'll leave the stock cap as is and continue to use the key, and start spraying lithium grease in the key hole occasionally.

I would advise against using any grease in the key hole. Grease attracts dirt which can shag your lock.

The only lubricant to use for a key mechanism is powdered graphite.
 

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I would advise against using any grease in the key hole. Grease attracts dirt which can shag your lock.

The only lubricant to use for a key mechanism is powdered graphite.

Kiwi Dave, Thanks, for the timely intervention I was thinking it's about time to "treat" my ignition locks.
 

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....I meant the one pictured below. Hinged as in, flip up cap, non-removable from the bike. This knob will not work at all of this style. Yes, lithium and disassembly once/year is paramount to it working correctly, even with this knob.

The amount of information, and knowledge, on this site never ceases to amaze me. There is is so much I don't know....
 

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The only lubricant to use for a key mechanism is powdered graphite.
Thanks Dave. My recommendation is to pull the assembly apart to lube. Powder certainly is best for down the keyhole.
 

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Thanks Dave. My recommendation is to pull the assembly apart to lube. Powder certainly is best for down the keyhole.

Ah-ha, I'm glad I waited (ok procrastinated).

I'm only slightly embarrassed to admit having reached for liquid wrench to 'fix' the resistance of locks of all types.
 

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There is a product made by the "Dripless Oil company" of the USA which makes a product called 'LockEze'.
This product is a small spray can containing graphite in a non sticky liquid vehicle.
The liquid carries the graphite to all parts of the lock and then evaporates leaving a non sticky film of graphite which does not attract dirt.
Cheers
Brian
 

blakbird

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There is a product made by the "Dripless Oil company" of the USA which makes a product called 'LockEze'.
This product is a small spray can containing graphite in a non sticky liquid vehicle.
The liquid carries the graphite to all parts of the lock and then evaporates leaving a non sticky film of graphite which does not attract dirt.
Cheers
Brian

organfixsing.

Good to know, thanks.

I took the easy way out and brought one of Todds key-less locks. Beautifully made and super easy to install. Added advantage, a reduced tendency for the filler cap to roll off the seat when pumping gas.

Interesting handle you have, I'm sure there's an interesting back story. Might be an idea for a 24x7 thread. ???
 

organfixsing

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G'day Blakbird. The origin of my handle came about years ago, before internet became popular. I think I was connected to a Motorola site and was establishing my credentials. The suggested various things such as hobbies to make a user name. At the time I repaired womens organs (electronic that is) 'organfix' and was in a choir, thus the last bit 'sing'. Sometimes things happen for a reason. Another one I have used in earlier times is 'PEBSAK' which stands for 'Problem Exists Between Screen And Keyboard'.
Cheers
Brian
 
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