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Old 06-25-2019, 02:11 PM
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Angry 1980 XS1100 Remove Left-side cover...

I feel very, very stupid. I cannot (readily) remove the left-side cover from my 1980 Yamaha XS1100. I know I can break the tab holding the !@#$% thing in place but that would break the cover. I want to replace the battery and need to remove this thing. Does anyone know how to do it? Thanks, Bill
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Old 06-25-2019, 03:59 PM
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I feel very, very stupid. I cannot (readily) remove the left-side cover from my 1980 Yamaha XS1100. I know I can break the tab holding the !@#$% thing in place but that would break the cover. I want to replace the battery and need to remove this thing. Does anyone know how to do it? Thanks, Bill
left front of case has a lock assembly you'll see. Ignition key goes in lock part way and turns, which releases catch on cover itself.
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Old 06-25-2019, 04:06 PM
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Old 06-26-2019, 09:50 AM
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Smile 1980 XS1100 Remove Left-side cover...

Thanks a bunch!

I found the sucker!

I have two XS1100's. One of them already has the tank, seat and side covers off (that side cover is broken, though not by me). I can fit the key in the slot with the missing side cover. But it will not go in the one that still has the side cover. I sprayed WD-40 in there, but it still will not go in. I do not want to risk breaking my one and only key. So, I am going to my favorite key shop to get some replacement keys and will try again. At any rate, I have found the solution and am very grateful for your help. Thanks again, Bill
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Old 06-26-2019, 11:34 AM
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Yamaha made right and left hand keys.
There should be a number on the lock face, and if the locks, (ignition and cover), are original, the numbers should match.
If the key that goes in the ignition doesn't fit the cover lock, they are not matching.
The cover lock should have a number stamped on the face. If that number is the same as the number on the ignition lock, then the cover lock is FUBARed.
If the numbers are different, take the cover lock number to a locksmith that has the code book, and they can make a key to fit. Call around and ask if they have the Yamaha code and key blanks before you waste a lot of travel time.

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Old 06-26-2019, 12:57 PM
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Wow! You guys are unbelievable. I have the user's Guide, the service manual, a Clymer's manual and none of them mention any of this.

Given that dissertation, I will forgo the use of a small screw driver and resume examining the bike even more closely. Apparently, with a good pair of reading glasses.

Again, Thanks So Much!
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Old 06-27-2019, 10:20 AM
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Arrow 1980 XS1100 Remove left-side cover...

Success!

I finally got the cover off. The key slot is below the cover AND to the left.
The right cover does not require a key. There is no left and right keys. The prior post was BS. But that is alright. I really appreciate the good advice and will learn to ignore the nonsense.

Thanks again, Bill
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Old 06-27-2019, 11:48 AM
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Success!

(Snip)There is no left and right keys. The prior post was BS. But that is alright. I really appreciate the good advice and will learn to ignore the nonsense.

Thanks again, Bill
I donít think right-handed and left-handed keys were in reference to right and left side covers.
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Smile 1980 XS1100 Remove Left-side Cover...

Sorry, my mistake. I was focused on that issue and thus thought all comments were in reference to that issue.
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Old 06-27-2019, 07:32 PM
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motoman mentioned that the key goes in part way into side cover lock. He is correct. The key goes in just slightly, not all the way like the ignition switch.
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Old 06-27-2019, 08:45 PM
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I donít think right-handed and left-handed keys were in reference to right and left side covers.
Right you are Sid.

When you put the two keys together with the bumps down, the grooves are on different sides, thus right and left handed.
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Old 06-27-2019, 08:47 PM
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I donít think right-handed and left-handed keys were in reference to right and left side covers.
Right you are Sid.

When you put the two keys together with the bumps down, the grooves are on different sides, thus right and left handed.
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Old 06-28-2019, 12:02 AM
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Talking 1980 XS1100 Remove Left-side Cover...

Bottom line: The derned thing is off the bike and it ain't broke.

I really, really appreciate all of the help.

But, when the subject devolves to which side of the key the grooves are on, you are now entering territory that is beyond my need to know. (And, if the turn the key over, the grooves are suddenly on the other side).

Now that I have the cover off, and I have my new Lithium battery, I will swap out the old battery for the new one. I will install leads that will allow me to readily apply my lithium-compatible battery tender when winter creeps back.

This will take me a week. I am retired now. And am very contemplative.
But, next week, I intend to ride the bike!
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