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Great article. Rep to you when it lets me.
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Good write up, but dang, that's a complicated mechanism for just a filler cap.
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Good Job, Good to know.
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Yay!!! I just fixed mine. I gutted it, and put it back together with no springs. That allowed me to line it up easier, since the basket was pretty badly warped.

I drilled off to the side, along the lug as suggested, and used a small allen set screw - I already had the drill, tap and screws from making dice into knobs for guitars.

When I put it all back together, I noticed that the screwed down side stayed put, but the other edge was still creeping up. I grabbed it in some ChannelLocks and screwed it down along the lug as well.

Total time, maybe twenty minutes.

Awesome!

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Looks like useful info.
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Nice fix, thanks,

For my part, i've got another problem : I can't screm my cap completely in position and when I pop it down, it doesn't fit flush with the tank top. I tried with another cap, try to turn it 180 degrees before... doesn't work. I saw others 04 + with the same problem. Is there anyone who have a clue?
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Nice fix, thanks,

For my part, i've got another problem : I can't screm my cap completely in position and when I pop it down, it doesn't fit flush with the tank top.
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One of the first symptoms is that the cap will not stay flush, but will protrude maybe an eighth of an inch above the tank surface.
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Nice fix, thanks,

For my part, i've got another problem : I can't screm my cap completely in position and when I pop it down, it doesn't fit flush with the tank top. I tried with another cap, try to turn it 180 degrees before... doesn't work. I saw others 04 + with the same problem. Is there anyone who have a clue?
You just need to turn the cap a few more degrees. The last bit can be really tough. It helps if you wear some gloves. The big O-ring loses some resilience with age and heat. I fixed that with a real light coat of silicone grease on the O-ring... work it between the inside surface too. Also check the O-ring seat inside the filler neck, it may have a layer of coked oil and grit, carefully clean that off with a dab of solvent and a rag, the goal is to make this as slippery as possible. Make it a habit to check your oil on a regular basis, this seems to help keep the O-ring pliable... maybe it's my imagination, but it works for me, and I haven't had this issue for well over a year now.
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Great write up John. Thanks. I'll know exactly what the problem is when mine decides to give up.
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Hey, John, aren't "Sporty's" a lot easier to work on than "Dakota's"?
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