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post #1 of 14 Old Nov 7th, 2006, 12:43 am Thread Starter
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Question Fuel tank removal

Can anyone point me to a good thread about fuel tank removal? I can't seem to find anything in the HoW (except reinstall) and searches just turn up bits & pieces about QD's and stuff.

Trying to decide whether to yank the tank or fish wires.

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post #2 of 14 Old Nov 7th, 2006, 1:33 am
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You will need to take off the tip over wings covers, the intermediate piece, the tip over bars, the mirrors, the winglets, the upper body panels, the radio surround (aka stingray), disconnect the antenna, the radio speaker wiring harness, 3-5 connectors under the dash that are connected to the stingray, disconnect two fuel lines, disconnect two vent hoses, disconnect fuel pump connector, disconnect the sending unit wire, remove rider seat with bracketry for such. Then pull the tank off.

Or just fish wires.



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post #3 of 14 Old Nov 7th, 2006, 5:30 am Thread Starter
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Not too bad - already got all the tupperware & stingray off for other reasons. Sounds like it's just a few more hoses & the seat thang. Now if I can just find someone's nice, illustrated step-by-step that calls out all the 'gotchas' not in the shop manual....

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It is pretty straight forward. When I removed mine I did it just by removing the bolts/screws that were obvious and it came right apart.

Just give it a shot. If you have the tupperware off the hard part is already done.

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The hardest part to all of it is starting that first bolt. I always start with the right, front one first. This is the one that goes thru the seat bracket and tank. Once you have that one lined up and in, it's all love.

I bet I've done it easily over one hundred times and maybe ten of them went the first try. Be sure to have a large, phillips screwdriver, or the like, to help with aligning. Also, be sure to notice how the tank inserts, where the bolts live, go.

When removing vent hoses on the front of the tank, be sure to leave the fittings on opposite sides of each hose. That way you won't get them confused as to what plugs in where on assembly. Also, be sure not to crimp or get one of these hoses caught under the tank as it will cause you tank not to vent.

There is a spare plug on the right side of the bike for another power plug. You don't want to get it confused with the plug for the fuel pump.



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Thanks grif & Kevin... maybe I can take my own photos as I go along....

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If the tank isn't mostly empty, you'll wish it was

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Smile LOL, Heck yes, empty the tank.

I decided to change my air filter and found out some German Engineer decided that we should have to strip the bike "Nekid" to get to the air filter. When I saw I needed to remove the fuel tank "Which I had just filled the night before on the way home"...

I figured I better change the fuel filter.... only to find some German Engineer had decided that one should have to strip the bike "Nekid" and remove the fuel tank to replace that piss ant fuel filter.

Getting all apart wasn't all that bad. BUT, getting that tank back in was a bear.
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Cool and don't forget those pesky rubber spacers either side of the tank

G'day,
Be aware that there are a couple of pesky little spacers that fit from the inside out when you pull the tank off, (down low where the bolts fit through the lower part of the tank).

One of these, or if your really lucky, both of them, will jump out when you pull the tank off the frame and disappear into the nearest bush, to blend in perfectly with your aluminium plant. If worst comes to the worst and you cannot find it when the tank is ready to go back on, use the end part of a rubber haddlebar grip as a temp buffer.

Once you have all the tupperware on of course the little blighters come out of hiding, and will sit quite merrily on your sideboard until the next tank off scenario.

How do I know these inane things you ask?????????

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Here are some pics.

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Thanks grif & Kevin... maybe I can take my own photos as I go along....
I took some when I did the Mottos and new throttle Cables.
Not to bad just be cognisant of the quick disconnect fuel connectors. Next time I have mine off I may switch out from plastic to metal.(looking for the thread again on the replacement part numbers )
The hardest part is getting the tank back on and keeping the rubber bushing in the bolt holes. They always move around on me.
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One of these, or if your really lucky, both of them, will jump out when you pull the tank off the frame and disappear into the nearest bush, to blend in perfectly with your aluminium plant. --------------------------
So that's where aluminium comes from, a plant in Australia! Always wondered. Of course I still don't know what aluminium is, but hear Brit's and Aussies talking about it.

In the US, we have a metal called aluminum, but that can't be the same thing, it does not come from a plant. Well, a great big Aluminum plant maybe, but don't think you have one of those by your driveway.

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Take your time on the fuel quick disconnects, you can tear the o-rings and not know it until the tank is on and it leaks! An extra set of hands is one of the best things you can have for this adventure (call a friend). Good Luck.

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Make sure you drain the tank and put it some place cool. If not, its going to expand and you will have a bitch of a time putting the bolts back and getting in straight

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Thanks guys

I ended up pulling the tank out of position just enough to route wiring - only had to disconnect the fuel sensor wire and remove the mounting bolts. A lot easier than I expected! Thanks for everyone's input.

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