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    How to mount ignition switch

    I have a 1982 cb450t and it did not come with keys/ignition. It had a switch and anyone could ride away if I left it in the parking lot. I've since replaced the switch with an aftermarket ignition and I just randomly just mounted in any available hole. I think the original ignition slot was integrated into the cluster. I eventually want a cleaner look and am looking for ideas to mount the ignition key so that it if flush... With something. Ive done a bunch of research and am coming up empty. Does anyone have suggestions? I'll post a picture soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monsier_Mom View Post
    I have a 1982 cb450t and it did not come with keys/ignition. It had a switch and anyone could ride away if I left it in the parking lot. I've since replaced the switch with an aftermarket ignition and I just randomly just mounted in any available hole. I think the original ignition slot was integrated into the cluster. I eventually want a cleaner look and am looking for ideas to mount the ignition key so that it if flush... With something. Ive done a bunch of research and am coming up empty. Does anyone have suggestions? I'll post a picture soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monsier_Mom View Post
    ...I just randomly just mounted in any available hole....
    Dear Penthouse forum....

    J/K

    the stock location was at the bottom of the stock dash just in front of the handlebars. If you don't have a stock dash then you can mount it anywhere. Most 70's hondas have the key mounted under the tank by the front frame downtube. most BMW's have it in the headlight bucket with a trick flat key.


    if you just bought a generic flush mount key switch, most guys in the 70's made mounts like this to mount the key to the top clamp:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-IGNITION-SWITCH-RELOCATION-PLATE-BRACKET-FOR-HONDA-CB750-CB-750-/161690444669

    I did see one once where the owner mounted the key switch in the triple clamp stem nut. he machined his own aluminum nut with a housing for the keyswitch and since steering stems are hollow he ran the wires straight down through the bottom of the triple clamp. Wish I had a pic of it because it was trick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geeto67 View Post
    Dear Penthouse forum....

    J/K

    the stock location was at the bottom of the stock dash just in front of the handlebars. If you don't have a stock dash then you can mount it anywhere. Most 70's hondas have the key mounted under the tank by the front frame downtube. most BMW's have it in the headlight bucket with a trick flat key.


    if you just bought a generic flush mount key switch, most guys in the 70's made mounts like this to mount the key to the top clamp:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-IGNITION-SWITCH-RELOCATION-PLATE-BRACKET-FOR-HONDA-CB750-CB-750-/161690444669

    I did see one once where the owner mounted the key switch in the triple clamp stem nut. he machined his own aluminum nut with a housing for the keyswitch and since steering stems are hollow he ran the wires straight down through the bottom of the triple clamp. Wish I had a pic of it because it was trick.
    Can you link me a photo of the key under the tank. I like that idea and have heard of it in forums but could never find a picture.

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    Here is a pic....

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    Another place could be under the saddle, as Norton did. By placing it there you get a nice cable layout, having it close to the battery.

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    Alternatively you could mount a non working ignition switch in an obvious location as a decoy
    and make the real ignition switch a toggle or even better a magnetic tether switch somewhere no thief will notice it.


    Remember when they used to mount the key on the left side panel where it would hit your leg? That was about the worst location ever.



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    I am going to run into a similar issue when i replace my gauge cluster with a new digital one. My solution will be to fabricate a new mounting bracket that will hold the new speedo/tach, likely from some good aluminum, or Vibranium if I the King of Wakanda ever pays up after losing that poker game. I like the key right above the handle bars so I dont forget to turn pull it out when I get off my bike.
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    I welded a small mount next to the battery box hidden away, but in retrospect, it's better in a position you can easily see and reach when sitting on the bike. Trying to insert a key into a keyhole you can't see is stupid. Flipping a switch is OK...
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    Quote Originally Posted by hillsy View Post
    Here is a pic....

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    So that's how it looks. Yeh I would rather just have it by he handlebars. I ended up finding a bracket on eBay using the link you sent. Hopefully it looks good.

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