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Re: &%#$@&!!! Lost the FOB (one whole week!). Suggestions?
« Reply #30 on: April 23, 2014, 09:56:59 am »
There is a very small slot (easy boys!) in a full- sized fob. It is just large enough to take a small tie- wrap or a small steel keyring. Of course you could use something like thin aircraft cable too- but you would have to conjure up a way to connect it to itself (brazing would work well). Then attach the small [ring, tie- wrap, whatever] to a larger ring on the lanyard.

Not my preferred method but I think it is a good method for a couple of reasons: 1) it is NOT likely to fall off or break in use (given a heavy lanyard) once put on, and you cannot start the bike without it. 2) it is not something you would take off while on a ride because it is not in the way, like a fob might be if you needed something in the same pocket as the fob. 3) it cannot 'fall' off without something breaking like a fob can fall out of a pocket. It also has the added advantage of allowing you to carry a few other small, light things you would only need for riding- a flashlight perhaps, a credit card for buying fuel and things like that.

If you go to a COG event, you will see quite a few people carry their fobs that way by the way.

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how would you attach a full-sized FOB to a lanyard?  If I remember correctly, mine didn't have a hole or slot or anything that you could attach to a split-ring/key ring.  (I think I might follow that advice on my spare FOB, that one has a hole in it for a keyring)
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Re: &%#$@&!!! Lost the FOB (one whole week!). Suggestions?
« Reply #31 on: April 23, 2014, 10:17:41 am »
There is a very small slot (easy boys!) in a full- sized fob. It is just large enough to take a small tie- wrap or a small steel keyring. Of course you could use something like thin aircraft cable too- but you would have to conjure up a way to connect it to itself (brazing would work well). Then attach the small [ring, tie- wrap, whatever] to a larger ring on the lanyard.
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That small loop is not drastically different from the small ones on small digital cameras... where you loop the lanyard thru itself to secure it to the camera. Not ideal for a keyring situation, but may afford an opportunity for someone smart to come up with a clever idea (likely not me). I did something similar... but used a zip tie thru the hole to hold a larger metal keyring (but the whole thing stays in my riding jacket for everything but garage maintenance).
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Re: &%#$@&!!! Lost the FOB (one whole week!). Suggestions?
« Reply #32 on: April 23, 2014, 10:25:07 am »
Yep, that would work. Just be careful that whatever is attached to the fob is virtually indestructible because if the lanyard cord breaks, well then all this effort NOT to lose or misplace a fob goes out the window (actually it will slide down your leg and roll onto the highway but that is not important.....  :D ).

Perhaps a piece of electrical tape around the entire fob would help to anchor the lanyard? With a touch of Super glue on the end, the tap won't unravel and should just about last forever. I would NOT anchor the fob using tape but it would be a great 'helper' in addition to the small lanyard loop through the fob's slot (easy boys!).

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That small loop is not drastically different from the small ones on small digital cameras... where you loop the lanyard thru itself to secure it to the camera. Not ideal for a keyring situation, but may afford an opportunity for someone smart to come up with a clever idea (likely not me). I did something similar... but used a zip tie thru the hole to hold a larger metal keyring (but the whole thing stays in my riding jacket for everything but garage maintenance).
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Re: &%#$@&!!! Lost the FOB (one whole week!). Suggestions?
« Reply #33 on: April 23, 2014, 10:27:47 am »


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Re: &%#$@&!!! Lost the FOB (one whole week!). Suggestions?
« Reply #34 on: April 23, 2014, 10:30:19 am »



That looks familiar... tho my zip is black... but, green would compliment ZGs bike nicely!
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Re: &%#$@&!!! Lost the FOB (one whole week!). Suggestions?
« Reply #35 on: April 23, 2014, 11:30:16 am »
Just glue the thing to the back of your helmet!! Or, on the right side so that it balances your helmet with your Bluetooth device.

Actually, I just kept the FOB next to my helmet and stuck it in my front pants pocket when I went for a ride, or to the garage to work on the bike.
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Re: &%#$@&!!! Lost the FOB (one whole week!). Suggestions?
« Reply #36 on: April 23, 2014, 05:01:45 pm »
Is that what you do? I saw a Connie at a BMW dealer where they left the fob in the glove box. I asked the sales guy about that security wise as they rolled it out by the road every day and left it for folks to look at. Seemed to me that with it in the glove box anyone in the know could jump on it and ride. He said no problem as not many folks know bout the active fob situation.....but he asked me how often I had to change the batts in my fob  as they had gone through a couple in just the few months they had it in on trade.

Actually, that IS what I do...except that I never remove the stove knob key, EVER. On the rare occaisions that I am worried about security, I remove the fob from the glove box and take it with me. But honestly, I cannot remember the last time I did that. I ride almost every day, and the fob stays in the glove box, and the stove knob key stays in the ignition. I change my fob battery once a year,  but have never had a problem. My car fob, on the other hand, requires a more frequent battery change.
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Re: &%#$@&!!! Lost the FOB (one whole week!). Suggestions?
« Reply #37 on: April 23, 2014, 05:08:24 pm »
Actually, that IS what I do...except that I never remove the stove knob key, EVER. On the rare occaisions that I am worried about security, I remove the fob from the glove box and take it with me. But honestly, I cannot remember the last time I did that. I ride almost every day, and the fob stays in the glove box, and the stove knob key stays in the ignition. I change my fob battery once a year,  but have never had a problem.


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Re: &%#$@&!!! Lost the FOB (one whole week!). Suggestions?
« Reply #38 on: April 24, 2014, 05:21:55 am »
C'mon Conrad, how hard can it be? Just keep everything like it is until 1 Jan 2015 when you change to the other pants and then swap fobs too. Sheesh!

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Thank goodness you're here Brian! I don't know what I would have done without your advice. I guess I'll change the batteries when I change pants.    ;)
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Re: &%#$@&!!! Lost the FOB (one whole week!). Suggestions?
« Reply #39 on: April 24, 2014, 05:51:50 am »
You could duct tape this to you FOB....
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Re: &%#$@&!!! Lost the FOB (one whole week!). Suggestions?
« Reply #40 on: April 24, 2014, 06:30:07 am »
Well, you should be able to go two pants changes before needing batteries.

We should chat and work out a whole schedule for you....

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Thank goodness you're here Brian! I don't know what I would have done without your advice. I guess I'll change the batteries when I change pants.    ;)
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Re: &%#$@&!!! Lost the FOB (one whole week!). Suggestions?
« Reply #41 on: May 28, 2014, 09:56:26 pm »
Guys, after reading this thread, this is what I did:



For me, keepgin the FOB is about keeping it always in mind and in play. It's the way my brain works. So what I did was I threaded a little cable from a coffee thermos I had, then connected one of thsoe keychains that can disconnect for a different key that I might want to separate from the FOB (like when my GF takes the car). Just my two cents.

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Re: &%#$@&!!! Lost the FOB (one whole week!). Suggestions?
« Reply #42 on: May 28, 2014, 10:08:53 pm »
I just put mine in my pocket and roll with it.  But due to its mad pow-ah, I do put it down to rest each night on a fresh bed of roses

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Re: &%#$@&!!! Lost the FOB (one whole week!). Suggestions?
« Reply #43 on: May 29, 2014, 03:59:26 am »
Not a bad idea, Steve, treating the fob with the utmost of respect.  I have mine on a chain that's attached to one of my belt loops and it stays in my front pocket.  I don't leave home without it.
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Re: &%#$@&!!! Lost the FOB (one whole week!). Suggestions?
« Reply #44 on: May 29, 2014, 04:34:17 am »
Here's my solution.....
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