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Old 07-28-2020, 04:34 AM   #1
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My wife and I just moved and somehow in all the upheaval we managed to lose the keys to our boat. (Insert swear words and the sound of a man pulling out his hair here.)
It's an 18' Lund with a Suzuki DF140 engine.
I pulled the ignition switch out of the dash and got the numbers off of it so I could buy a set of replacement keys. Easy peasy, right? No. The problem is that the numbers on my switch don't match up to any of the numbers for Suzuki keys that I'm finding online. The code on the switch is 'B2531' and there are no other numbers printed, stamped, or molded anywhere else on the switch unit.
Can anyone point me in the right direction or do I need to just break down and buy a new switch assembly?

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Old 07-28-2020, 05:35 AM   #2
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If you have the switch out, a locksmith should be able to build you a key while you wait.
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Old 07-28-2020, 06:24 AM   #3
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Check with the local dealer. I'm not sure on the Suzuki but there are limited keys for other manufacturers. Basically a big key ring where you just try them until one works.
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Old 07-28-2020, 06:44 AM   #4
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Check with the local dealer. I'm not sure on the Suzuki but there are limited keys for other manufacturers. Basically a big key ring where you just try them until one works.
That would be difficult as the nearest dealer is 2 hours away so it would cost more in fuel than a new switch assembly.
Same situation with a locksmith.

Oh well. Looks like the easy solution is to order up a new switch assembly.
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Old 07-28-2020, 07:18 AM   #5
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Locksmith's have access to a lot more numbers than what the internet shows. I'd at least make a call.If they can get in to a gun safe that the widow didn't know the combination. a boat key should be a piece of cake. My 2 cents.

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Old 07-28-2020, 10:25 AM   #6
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Locksmith's have access to a lot more numbers than what the internet shows. I'd at least make a call.If they can get in to a gun safe that the widow didn't know the combination. a boat key should be a piece of cake. My 2 cents.
I'll give that a shot.
Thanks all, for the replies!
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Old 07-29-2020, 12:37 AM   #7
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boat keys are unusual and even lock smiths have a hard time doing it. special keys have to have a special blank.
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Old 07-30-2020, 09:45 PM   #8
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Just replace the switch. Unless it is something really unusual. Had the ignition switch on my boat go bad years ago. I think I got a replacement at a nearby West Marine.
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Old 07-31-2020, 10:29 AM   #9
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Just replace the switch. Unless it is something really unusual. Had the ignition switch on my boat go bad years ago. I think I got a replacement at a nearby West Marine.
That's what I wound up doing. There's no 'nearby' when it comes to anything boat related here so I got one online. Should be here Monday.

Thanks for all the response/advice. Much appreciated.
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