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I just recently came across a 2003 Ducati 999 that was sitting in my friend's garage. The bike hasn't been started since 2012 but he was giving me an insane deal on it and I thought it'd be a cool project. The only problem is that during his move he lost all of his keys... he also let me know that he is unable to locate the title for the motorcycle which makes things a lot more complicated. I did a VIN check and made sure that there was nothing weird that was going on with the bike in a legal sense and after that came back clean I decided to purchase it. I have been told that the only way to start the motorcycle is to have a matching set comprised of the counter, the ECU as well as the ignition with the matching key. I have been looking around the internet but have only been able to find kits for 999s or r models. I decided to come to this forum to see if I have better luck finding these parts here. If anyone has or knows where I can purchase a set like this I would really appreciate the help.

I'll put a picture of the components I need below:
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Hello everyone,

I just recently came across a 2003 Ducati 999 that was sitting in my friend's garage. The bike hasn't been started since 2012 but he was giving me an insane deal on it and I thought it'd be a cool project. The only problem is that during his move he lost all of his keys... he also let me know that he is unable to locate the title for the motorcycle which makes things a lot more complicated. I did a VIN check and made sure that there was nothing weird that was going on with the bike in a legal sense and after that came back clean I decided to purchase it. I have been told that the only way to start the motorcycle is to have a matching set comprised of the counter, the ECU as well as the ignition with the matching key. I have been looking around the internet but have only been able to find kits for 999s or r models. I decided to come to this forum to see if I have better luck finding these parts here. If anyone has or knows where I can purchase a set like this I would really appreciate the help.

I'll put a picture of the components I need below:
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The ecu from the R model wouldn't hurt your bike. Quite the opposite.
My S4 Monster (916 engine) has a 996R ecu in it.
These ecus should be the 5.9M.
Check this on the stickers on your ecu.
These ecus can have the immobilizer disabled which won't help with the key issue but you wouldn't need to replace the instruments. You will probably need someone to reset the throttle position sensor if you replace the whole lot so you will probably still need someone with the gear to get it running properly anyway.
Your ducati dealer may not want to help unless you are buying new stuff through them which will be expensive.
 

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The ecu from the R model wouldn't hurt your bike. Quite the opposite.
My S4 Monster (916 engine) has a 996R ecu in it.
These ecus should be the 5.9M.
Check this on the stickers on your ecu.
These ecus can have the immobilizer disabled which won't help with the key issue but you wouldn't need to replace the instruments. You will probably need someone to reset the throttle position sensor if you replace the whole lot so you will probably still need someone with the gear to get it running properly anyway.
Your ducati dealer may not want to help unless you are buying new stuff through them which will be expensive.
Thanks for the info I appreciate all the help.

Interesting, since this is my first Duc I wanted to talk to a Ducati mechanic so I contacted Ducati parts unlimited a while back and they told me it needs to match the exact trim and model for some reason. I do believe that my ECU is the 5.9M. Did the bike function properly after you installed the ECU or did you need to do some other work to get it functioning? And what differences do you notice on your bike after installing the R ECU vs. the regular one?

One more thing, are you saying that if I just get an ECU and disable the immobilizer I will not have to change the ignition and the dash in order to get the bike to start?
 

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Thanks for the info I appreciate all the help.

Interesting, since this is my first Duc I wanted to talk to a Ducati mechanic so I contacted Ducati parts unlimited a while back and they told me it needs to match the exact trim and model for some reason. I do believe that my ECU is the 5.9M. Did the bike function properly after you installed the ECU or did you need to do some other work to get it functioning? And what differences do you notice on your bike after installing the R ECU vs. the regular one?

One more thing, are you saying that if I just get an ECU and disable the immobilizer I will not have to change the ignition and the dash in order to get the bike to start?
My bike had it fitted when I bought it 2nd hand. My ducati guy (not a dealer but a specialist in ducs) can tune the ecu settings and disable the immobilizer. I have heard of the monsters being bricked over instrument issues and enquired with him as my dash was erratic when I first purchased the bike and do not have the code card. 5.9m is tuneable hence all of the flash prodramms to suit different exhaust swaps. If your immobilizer was disabled it does not need the matching dash or do the key transponder check. The 996R ecu supposedly just had different mapping and an extra 500 rpm before the rev limiter kicks in, all of which should be able to be done with a tune to the mapping. You should Google who does ducati ecu remapping and repairs. I've seen ads for guys who do it in the US.
 

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Thanks for the info I appreciate all the help.

Interesting, since this is my first Duc I wanted to talk to a Ducati mechanic so I contacted Ducati parts unlimited a while back and they told me it needs to match the exact trim and model for some reason. I do believe that my ECU is the 5.9M. Did the bike function properly after you installed the ECU or did you need to do some other work to get it functioning? And what differences do you notice on your bike after installing the R ECU vs. the regular one?

One more thing, are you saying that if I just get an ECU and disable the immobilizer I will not have to change the ignition and the dash in order to get the bike to start?
There's got to be someone in the US who can do this even.
 

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There's got to be someone in the US who can do this even.
Ok, I will definitely look into that option I'm going to see if I can find a mechanic that lives around me see what he has to say about it. If they end up saying that I need to have the matching set then I guess ill only have the option to buy a matching set or getting some keys redone to match my components.
 
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