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Old 01-07-2009, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to remove my tank to run a wiring harness for my light bar. I don't have a repair manual. It looks as easy as; remove front and rear bolts, shut off fuel, run engine to burn fuel in carb down a little, disconnect fuel hose at shut-off valve. What am I missing? What's the suprise? Thanks people.
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You don't mention what bike you have, but I would assume an 1100 from the two bolts you describe, front, and rear. You basically have it! I would run the carbs out of fuel first, by just running it with the petcock off, THEN loosen the bolts, and remove the fuel line from the bottom of the already-closed petcock. Make sure you place a rag on top of your tank, draped over the front, so you don't scratch the paint! AND...make sure you have a place to set it down that is soft. Fuel is about 6 lbs per gallon, so it could be kinda heavy, while looking for a spot to set it down.... (Not that I have ever done that!!!)-----Metalguy
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The only think I see your missing is the vent line from the tank. The hose will be at the very back of the tank. The tube is not very long but holds surprisingly well. That could be quite surprising when lifting the tank off and have it yanked out of your hands by this tube.

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Yes, I have a '95 vt1100c2 a.c.e. The vent tube. Is it connected to the frame? Do I lift the tank off and then loosen it, or can it be unfastened before lifting the tank off? (I was wondering if I should run the carbs dry to prevent the fuel from coming back up the tube.)
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vent tube is secured to the frame somewhere down along the way. It's not held on by anything but friction to the gas tank. Just tug it a bit to get it off.

It's really as simple as it looks. If you got the seats off, you won't have a problem with the gas tank. Go for it.

Watch for pinch points when running your wires back through. There should be an bundle on the left side you can cable tie your wires too, as well as a couple of places to thread the wires through.

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Thanks so much for your input. Now if the garage would just warm up a little bit...
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When I pulled the tank last summer to change antifreeze I never drained the carbs or anything like that. I just pulled the tank! No problems, she runs just fine. Anything I should be aware of when I do this again, as in what can happen if I don't drain the carbs first?
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Nothing is going to happen. It might spare you a few drops of fuel when disconnecting the hose. I never drain them (it) either.

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On mine the petcock does not always shut completely off. Watch for that or you could end up leaking gasoline. I know, I should replace it. Cheap ******* that I am.
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On mine the petcock does not always shut completely off. Watch for that or you could end up leaking gasoline. I know, I should replace it. Cheap ******* that I am.
+1 Mine too, but I replaced it with a new one, and it leaks just the same, a few drips an hour, I just store it with the petcock outside, and covered/protected carefully.
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