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    I bought my 2007 midnight star knowing that the ignition needs to be replaced soon. It is sometimes hard to get it to the on position. I want to replace it and was wondering if there is an aftermarket ignition I can use. I saw some amigos ignition but was wondering if I could find one that I could buy besides an oem one.

  • #2
    Ingition switch. Sorry phone is acting up for some reason.

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    • #3
      Just put some graphite dust in it and on the key. You’ll be amazed what that does.

      “The West is the Best" - Jim Morrison

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      • #4
        Before possibly spending a lot on a new switch have you tried cutting a fresh key? My key was worn and sticky when I got my bike used.

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        • #5
          No but I will daveto. Didn’t think of that. Thank you!

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          • #6
            if the problem is like the key is worn and a new key and/or lubing the ign don't fix it there is an easy fix. remove the ign from the bike, when you get it off the bike remove the tumbler from the casing with the key inserted, now with the key inserted you will see the some tumblers sticking out past the tumbler body.they are the reason that the ignition is sticking. file those protruding tumblers down even with the tumbler body so there is no protruding tumblers and no burrs from filing. reassemble and it will work like new with whatever key you used.

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            • #7
              Removing the ignition requires drilling out the two breakaway bolts to remove them. Be ready for that. IDK if you have to use them for re-assembly, I think it's just a theft deterrent, but if you want to go back with them they are only $10 from your friendly Yamaha dealer. I tried the make a new key route...didn't work. Eventually the key won't work anymore, won't go into the switch, even if you hit it 3 times with an 8 pound sledgehammer. This will only serve to lodge the key in the ignition, then you'll have to pay a locksmith to remove it. That also tweaked the key just enough to where it won't open the gas cap anymore. It's cost me $500 for this pearl of wisdom and I still don't have my gas cap off. I ordered a new blank, and hopefully a locksmith will be able to cut a new key off the tweaked one. It's just barely oh so slightly twisted, but it's enough to where the key wont even go into the cap. I thought about trying to smack it in there with the sledge, but it didn't work out so well the last time.

              Mine was wobbly when I bought the bike, I always had to play with it to get it to work. I nursed it for 6 years, but my luck finally ran out. Trying to rectify the situation myself only made matters worse, which is typically the case with me, IDK why I even try anymore, just ends up costing more in the end.


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              • #8
                Originally posted by Father Pobasturd View Post
                Removing the ignition requires drilling out the two breakaway bolts to remove them. Be ready for that. IDK if you have to use them for re-assembly, I think it's just a theft deterrent, but if you want to go back with them they are only $10 from your friendly Yamaha dealer.



                really no need for them. Reg hex head bolts are fine. I doubt that someone is gonna go thru the trouble of removing the tank at the chance that someone installed hex bolts and having an extra ignition for a roadstar to plug in to steal it. If someone does all that they deserve to have it.

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                • #9
                  Can you just install new tumblers when you get it out? It would be nice to not put a lot of cash into a project like that.
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                  • #10
                    I’d sure drive it to a locksmith first before I bought a new ignition.

                    “The West is the Best" - Jim Morrison

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                    • Filthy casual
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                      I am going to go that route first.

                  • #11
                    Filing the tumblers flat will do the same as replacing them and the key will still fit the gas cap the same as it does now. Trust me I have done this. All that is happening is the protruding tumblers won't let the tumbler cylinder turn inside the tumbler body. Once filed flat they can turn. It may only be 1 of them, that is all it takes to make it hard to turn. This repair cost nothing to do except the price of a couple hex bolts at the hardware store. In fact removing the break away bolts by spinning them out with a chisel may even allow you to reuse them if for some reason you wanted to.

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                    • #12
                      I don’t know if I have rhe skills to do that. I guess I could take it somewhere to get it done?

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