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Old 19th March 2012
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Great video. Makes it a little easier to know what to expect before you pull a tank the first time. Thanks.

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One benefit of emptying the tank became apparent to me this weekend. While reassembling my bike, I went to reconnect the tank fitting. It must have been misaligned going in, and it immediately starting pissing gas all down the side of the motor. In my panic to stop the gas flow, I pushed the fitting in harder than I should have. This stopped the leak, but also destroyed an O-ring in the fitting in the process. Then when I turned the bike to "run" and the fuel pipe pressurized the line, I had fuel pissing all over my motor again. Fortunately I found the thread on here with the information for a replacement o-ring, instead of having to buy a whole new fitting from the stealer.
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IMPORTANT!! - The Factory Service Manual is very clear about this! Gasoline can kill you. It is dangerous and explosive. After reading the manual, I'm pretty sure most people that do this will die. Please read your FSM for further important information.

most ppl that take the tank off will die? Im confused


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When pulling the fuel line to raise/remove the tank I use a short piece of 1/4" hose plugged on one end to cap it off. A shop rag will catch any initial dribble.

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Nice tutorial Dan, great writeup! This will definitely help someone who has never removed the tank.
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Do you recommend emptying the tank? Curious how many people do that. And I wonder how they manage to do it safely with things commonly found around the house/garage.
You know Dan when I first took my tank off I thought about emptying it out...looked for a way to do around the house...then said screw it and just pulled it off. I've had it on and off a few dozen times now with never a problem. I am with you....the procedure is more dangerous than the benefit.

Another thing I forgot that I do is put a rag between the risers/handlebars and the gas tank when I am ready to remove it. For whatever reason my tank likes to stick a little and I just about smack the riser / stem bolt every time. I think I hit it once...and that was enough to learn not to do it again.

I'll still remove my negative battery cable whenever I pull the tank....just takes a drop of the screwdriver or ratchet or extension down by the starter to create a spark. But that is just me.
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Another good video.

Small tips, like the block of wood under the tank and Cosmo's tip of the rag
up around the riser stem bolt are things most people wouldn't think of the first go around.
And like most have said, draining the tank like the manual calls for is absurd.

Now, if you had just gotten around to a video on pulling the rear wheel before the first time I had to do it,
you would have saved me some cursing...

Again, good videos.
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Another tip I forgot about is I have had my fuel line quick disconnect freeze up making it difficult to push up in order to remove the fuel line. If you simply spin the quick disconnect outer ring around a few times it loosens up so you can push it up.
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Thanks for the awesome video Dan!

I am getting ready to do my coil/ign relo and wire tuck, so this made it look dang easy to get to all of it.
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