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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-15-2007, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Question Topping off the gas tank, technique

I've been filling my bike's tank via gas can since I got it a month ago. Just made my first trip to the gas station. The way the pumps cut off, I found it really difficult to get to a full tank. I blipped the lever a dozen times or so but it still looks like it only got to about 80% full. Are there any tricks or techniques to getting a full tank? Thanks!
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I dont let the pump lock on, Have had one stick and not shut off spilling gas all over my tank. Then I just watch and go slow.
Its less than 3 gallons.

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Same as Ccspinner here.

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It is a little deceiving when the tank starts to get full.
It seems like you're at the top, yet it suddenly seems like it's not filling up as the fuel goes in, then next thing ya know, it's so full that when ya close the cap some gets forced out !!
Not that I know that from experiance, uh, that's what I've heard others say !!

And some nozzles don't like to pump a small amount. They go nearly all or nothing !! I hate them ones.


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It takes practice. I use a slow steady fill. I try to take it to perhaps 1/4" from the top of the lip. The gas guage will go past the "F" line that way.

Be careful when it hits the bottom of the filler neck, go real slow from there up.

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First off, I never just stick the nozzle in the tank. I hold it so I can also watch the gas flow. Gas shuts off once the level reaches the tip of the nozzle so the tip is just at the bottom of the neck area. Once the initial shut off happens I raise the tip a little and do the slower spurts and let the gas fill the flatter top of the tank area.
I've managed to do 3.5 and 3.624 gallon fills this way (yeah I know.. that was cutting it REAL close!)

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same here , i never stick the thing into the tank and never lock the pistol. it is not that big of a tank. as it fills up i gradually reduse the flow. i must admit i'm not obsessed with trying to fill it up to the wire, IMO the few extra squirts you can put in there are not worth the risk of fuel cap pushing the fuel out.

also make sure that the pistol is in contact with the tank during fillup. i guess it is not that important for our little tanks but the habbit stuck with me from the days when we had to fill hundreds of gallons into an Armor. the static build up becaouse of the friction in fuel hose is dengerous so everything had to be grounded during fill-up

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I am still trying to get an owners manual. I am bidding on one on EBay right now and hope to get it. What is the total capacity of the tank, and how much of that is in the reserve? I have run into the reserve several times and the most I've ever put in is about 2.7 gallons.

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Thanks for the info, folks. I should mention I live in Calif. and the pumps here require that there be a seal between the gasket on the nozzle and the fill tube before the pump lever will engage. I wish I could hold the nozzle up for a visual but doesn't seem possible out here. Do any of you have that same problem?
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the black piece around the fuel nozzle...hold that back with one hand while sqeezing the trigger with the other, that will solve that problem

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