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Old 03-27-2012, 01:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How NOT to remove the gas tank on a Phantom

Yikes. Gasoline all over my arms and all over my bike and parking space. Apparently the ol' "how much different could the Phantom be than the Aero video on YouTube?" mentality failed me miserably.

Luckily I had a 4 gallon bucket near me when this went down. Unfortunately, the bucket was out of arms reach at the moment of need. I DID get the tank off...it just cost me about $10 worth of gasoline and 2 hours of cleaning.

I usually learn best by learning the hard way....

I will post some pictures of what NOT to do once I get some food and a beer in me to calm myself down.
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Also...does anyone know how to (legally) dispose of gasoline? The bucket that got used to catch my mess had a little old transmission fluid and some dirt from sitting outside in it. I'm not going to put dirty gasoline in any of my vehicles and I can't burn it.

I've tried searching for a recycling center but most seem to only take used motor oil.
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Just drop a match in it..

If you do it in the garage you might get a nice insurance payout and divorce all at the same time..

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Advance Auto parts accepts used oil and petroleum products. Call them up and see if they will take it.
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Huh huh Fire, Fire huh huh
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Old 03-27-2012, 04:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Tried pretty much every auto center and gas station around. Also tried the TN state hazardous waste removal...they want me to hold it until May 5th and then drive an hour to drop it off for a small fee. Yeah right.

Contacted a buddy who lives on a farm. He said he can take it use it. I choose not to question what he'll do with it.

Fuel is cleaned up but I'm taking the wife to see Carrie Underwood at the Grand Ole Opry so I don't have time for pics. And yes...I'm going to stare at Carrie Underwood's hotness with my wife.


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leave it sit long enough, gas evaporates.
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don't look at her too hard, you might spontaneously combust.
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Sorry, you are a senior member, but that is what shop manuals are for. I would never do anything without one, even if I think I know how to do it.

Even at full retail price of $50 it is still a good invesement if you plan on working on your ride. I have one for every Honda product I own.
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