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i need to take off fuel tank. Is there anything i need to know about taking off the tank besides unscrewing and disconnecting the hoses?
 

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Just looked at the link provided above. Very helpful. But, sounded like you may not need to fully remove the tank to do some things. Just swing it up. What do people need to fully remove the tank for?
 

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drain the fuel out first.
 

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redoliander said:
drain the fuel out first.

nope... you'll have a problem with that (I know - I've done this).


Remove the tank by removing the head bolts, lifting it up, then removing the fuel pump connection and the over flow hoses. remove rear bolt and then set aside. If you need to remove the fuel, you can either remove the filler cap - or remove the fuel pump. either are not too tricky, but the fuel pump does require a bit more finess (watch out for the release tab on it - don't break it!)


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you dont need to drain the fuel out first, i've removed my tank loads of times! There is lots of things you can do without takin it off but sometimes easier to get it out of the way.

Take your seat off first, then remove the two bolts at the front of the tank by the headstock (if you've got a faired one i think you need to take the two side panels off first) then flip the tank up, i use a old oil container and prop it up on the airbox but anything will do. once the tank is propped up you have to pull out the two breather pipes that run down the right hand side of the bike, they should just pull through but be carefull not to split or break em, you can then just keep em attatched to the tank.

Next you have to disconnect the electrical harness for the fuel pump, just pull off the two connectors but remember which is for which. once thats all off its just the fuel line, theres a little clip which holds it on, this just clips off, then you have the fuel line with two "buttons" on the side, pinch these together (you'll know what i mean when you see it) and you can just pull the pipe off, be carefull not to break the connector but you should be ok as long as you dont force it. you will probably spill a little fuel out of the pipe (its just residual, its not gonna start gushing out on you), so just hold it over the side to drain on the floor, if your bothered about spilling it on your bike i suppose you could put a rag under before you disconnect it.

Next thing to do is carefully place the tank back down and remove the long bolt holding the tank on at the back, after that the tank will just lift off, make sure you've prepared somewhere to place the tank down before you take it off, you cant just lay it flat on the floor as it will rest on and break the fuel pump connector so you have to suspend it on something, i usually get the seat and turn it upside down so the leather is on the ground. i rest the front of the tank on this then use my old oil container to support it at the back, just make sure its stable before you leave it! so there you go, sorted!

i just noticed that you live in california and if you have a cal spec bike it may be slightly different! there may be an extra connector and only one of the pipes on the tank (i think its a breather pipe, the other is a fuel overflow and i dont think its on the cal models) just check this out before you start playin'
 

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vaanen said:
you dont need to drain the fuel out first, i've removed my tank loads of times! There is lots of things you can do without takin it off but sometimes easier to get it out of the way.

Take your seat off first, then remove the two bolts at the front of the tank by the headstock (if you've got a faired one i think you need to take the two side panels off first) then flip the tank up, i use a old oil container and prop it up on the airbox but anything will do. once the tank is propped up you have to pull the two breather pipes up on the right hand side, they should just pull through but be carefull not to split or break em, you can then just keep em attatched to the tank.

Next you have to disconnect the electrical harness for the fuel pump, just pull off the two connectors but remember which is for which. once thats all off its just the fuel line, theres a little clip which holds it on, this just clips off, then you have the fuel line with two "buttons" on the side, pinch these together (you'll know what i mean when you see it) and you can just pull the pipe off, be carefull not to break the connector but you should be ok as long as you dont force it. you will probably spill a little fuel out of the pipe (its just residual, its not gonna start gushing out on you), so just hold it over the side to drain on the floor, if your bothered about spilling it on your bike i suppose you could put a rag under before you disconnect it.

Next thing to do is carefully place the tank back down and remove the long bolt holding the tank on at the back, after that the tank will just lift off, make sure you've prepared somewhere to place the tank down before you take it off, you cant just lay it flat on the floor as it will rest on and break the fuel pump connector so you have to suspend it on something, i usually get the seat and turn it upside down so the leather is on the ground. i rest the front of the tank on this then use my old oil container to support it at the back, just make sure its stable before you leave it! so there you go, sorted!

i just noticed that you live in california and if you have a cal spec bike it may be slightly different! there may be an extra connector and only one of the pipes on the tank (i think its a breather pipe, the other is a fuel overflow and i dont think its on the cal models) just check this out before you start playin'
some piccies might help. In no particular order.

breather hoses, 'lectric connections and fuel line still attached


2 'lectric connectors removed, fuel line still attached. You can see
the clip holding it in place.


Clip removed, you can see "inside" the connector.
 

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thats strange chainzilla, on my bike the pipe on the left of the tank goes through that little V shaped bracket on the fuel pump and down to the right side of the bike with the other pipe. Both are held in a bracket at the bottom of the frame along with the coolant overflow pipe, yours seem to be one on each side??????
 

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I aim to please :lol
Vaanen, I think I took this pic after putting the gas tank on the bike so yeah, most likely that's where the hose goes. I didn't have a problem routing it but I gotta make a note to fix it next time when I have the tank up. Thanks.

Hey bob12312357, we need to organize a nice polar bear ride. Jan. or Feb. NY or PA or somewhere in between. You in ? :cheers
 

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chainzilla said:
I aim to please :lol
Vaanen, I think I took this pic after putting the gas tank on the bike so yeah, most likely that's where the hose goes. I didn't have a problem routing it but I gotta make a note to fix it next time when I have the tank up. Thanks.

Hey bob12312357, we need to organize a nice polar bear ride. Jan. or Feb. NY or PA or somewhere in between. You in ? :cheers
Damn skippy.I bought some nice HD winter gloves. These things rock and they are the only winter gloves that look like they would hold up in a crash. Name the time and place.
 

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Am I the only one who saw chainzillas new Avatar and totally forgot about bikes???
 

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it's a disease....with no cure. I have to live with the debilitating effects the rest of my life. I am doomed to a lifetime of self pleasuring.
 

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Magseal said:
it's a disease....with no cure. I have to live with the debilitating effects the rest of my life. I am doomed to a lifetime of self pleasuring.
Though the hairy palms make heated grips unnecessary... :neener
 

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I consider that a bonus. I also like to see the look on peoples faces when I shake their hands:boink
Breanne got heated grips shortly after Jen showed her how well her's worked, and I was off to get some one day (ran into breanne there too, I think I interupted her chance to chase after some guy who works there :bitchslap ). but then I got busy. I have been too busy of late, and have forgotten to wax the palms for a few days and lo and behold, I'm liking the new warmth and might hold off on the heated grips for now. Well at least until the constant badgering and humilitation from my friends gets to me.:lol
 

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Jeff I think you need a good :bj to end it between you and Palmella!!
 

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Okay since this is a TWL thread now I'll add my on topic comments. :D

When I removed the tank to paint my bike, I had to remove the fuel. I removed the allen head screws that hold the filler cap on, and slid the end of a siphon as far down towards the seat as possible.

Once the fuel is removed, there will be a fair bit left at the bottom of the tank. I didn't find an easy way to remove this fuel without spilling it everywhere. I took off the fuel pump and held the tank over a wide bucket and just shook the thing like crazy for a couple minutes. Gas is volatile enough that the rest evaporated before I started any work on the tank.

A couple notes for removal:

1) remove the breather hoses and leave them on the bike, this makes it easier to reinstall the tank when it's time. I found I only had to pull the tank up to about a 45 deg. angle before I could get in with pliers to remove those hoses.

2) I had a fair bit of fuel spray out of the line when removing it from the tank.. it would be beneficial to have an absorbent spill pad under the tank to catch the drips and prevent them from getting all over your electronics

3) it would be a good idea to wash everything with soap and water after removing the tank, I'm not sure if gas will dry out rubber hoses/seals, but I know it's not great for the paint on the tank, and soap and water will help get rid of that gas station smell!

:grinbounc :grinbounc :grinbounc :grinbounc
 
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