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Old 03-17-2011, 01:13 AM
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When I replaced the OEM gas cap with a locking one, I really missed having that lanyard that kept track of the cap. After switching to a locking cap, I would routinely place the locking cap on top of the roof, next to the spoiler. This practice worked well for about a year, until one day. On that day, I got to talking to a fellow motorist. We were sharing mileage figures on our cars. Ultimately, I jumped into the Fit and sped off. Somewhere on CA-99, fragments of my $35 locking gas cap could be found.
Not wanting to be without, I bought yet another locking cap. This time I fabricated a hook, fashioned out of a length of wire clothes hanger. This "hooking" system has worked well for the past 3.5 years. As you can see, the metal is starting to show it's age.

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Old 03-17-2011, 01:56 AM
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Good idea. I like these cheap and easy DIYS and this one works fine.
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:12 PM
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Nice work!

Is there a way to retain the stock lanyard though....and swap in a locking gas cap?

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Old 03-21-2012, 02:16 AM
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I also wanted to use the original lanyard, but the diameter of the standard cap is a lot smaller than that of a locking cap. The loop that encircles the standard cap will not stretch over the locking gas cap.
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:22 AM
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Macbuddy- very clever solution!

I have the locking gas gap sitting in my garage since there was no way to attach it. The locking cap is for a Honda Element, I wonder if there is a Honda part # for a matching tether.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:43 AM
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Thanks!

Is your Honda Element locking gas cap from the factory, Susan?
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:44 AM
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I bought it from Bernardi parts- it is a Honda oem cap, though.
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:51 AM
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On another forum, sooznd posted about several gas capt tethers and caddies that she found with a google search. The two examples that she linked are a bad idea. I had tried one of them two years ago (the fuel cap caddy), and the universal fit that the maker claims is a lie. It does not work on Fits with the Stant locking gas cap (and Stant makes the Honda Element locking cap).

The gas cap tether that is advertised on eBay and on Amazon has only one review, and the reviewer warns you not to buy it. I have just learned to put my locking cap upside down in the weld seam on the roof at eye level right above the fuel door, and screw it back on as my last step before leaving the gas station.
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I bought it from Bernardi parts- it is a Honda oem cap, though.
Made by Stant- just FYI.
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:14 AM
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I wish the metal piece that covers the gas cap could open only from the inside like on my Subaru.
For me there is no advantage to a locking cap--it was something I foolishly bought when I first got the car and most likely will never be used--unless I can find some sort of elastic or rubber tether that works. I also had it keyed to my ignition.
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