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Ignition and Fuel Cap Locks Preventative Maintenance / Lubrication?
I had to replace fuel cap on my 2008 C50 due to neglect by previous owner. I did manage to transfer the key pins from the old cap lock to the brand new one, so that I did not have to carry two keys or replace the rest of the locks on my bike. It was not a fun or cheap endeavor ($140 for a new fuel tank cap plus hours of work). After much beer and hours of head scratching I did manage to disassemble both fuel caps and the lock tumblers myself down to the bare pins and springs, but even if you find a locksmith willing to do it, it will probably be another $200-$300, and much PITA...
So the question is: how do I extend the useful life of ignition lock and fuel cap locks? Also the helmet and tool box cover locks? I know door locks usually take a bit of graphite lock lubricant (unless you have a Multi Lock or similar - graphite binds locks with high tolerances - learned that expensive lesson myself), but I'm not sure if that would potentially damage ignition lock electrical components. There is much controversy online about using graphite/ WD40/wet lubricants in locks exposed to humidity and dust ingress (I ride in the rain, I wash my bike...sometimes), so I'm not even sure what to do here.
Fuel cap lock will most probably be fine, but considering there is a bit of regular petroleum (?) based lubricant in the lock already, and the fact that it is new, I won't mess with it for a while. My primary concern is oxidation and corrosion of internal components, but also maintaining any water tight gaskets that might be in the ignition. Also, most wet lubricant attracts dirt, and make the matters somewhat worse overtime, unless applied periodically. Basically, once you start, you have to keep going with cleaning and lubricating that (key) hole.
P.S. A bit off topic: are there any threads related to preventative/periodic maintenance of C50 bikes? I haven't reviewed that portion of the service manual closely yet, but I would imagine there is more to it than oil/filter changes and valve adjustments.
2008 Suzuki C50 Limited Edition
Last edited by FireManC50; 06-17-2019 at 12:17 PM.