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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-06-2008, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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Tank Removal?

I am planning on removing the tank to check the elcetrical connection to the sending unit, and to see what else is under there
I mentioned this to a friend who wrenches her own HD and she said" Are you sure, ever done that before"
Now, that comment stopped me, is it really a big deal to do? Drain tank, remove hoses from petcock, unbolt and pull, correct?
Am I missing something?
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Tank removal on this motor is about a 2 minute procedure, and anybody that has trouble with it (on this bike) has no business with a wrench/ratchet in hand. Go for it.
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Tank removal on this motor is about a 2 minute procedure, and anybody that has trouble with it (on this bike) has no business with a wrench/ratchet in hand. Go for it.
I agree to remove the tank is a while 3 bolts 12 mm I if I remember correctly. There is absolutely nothing difficult about it
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I meant to say Does NOT take a while Woops I guess I should proof read
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Draining the tank isn't just pulling the hose and letting it drain. You need to have vacuum going to the petcock (unless you have the one with "Prime", in which case it will drain by removing the hose)
Otherwise, it's pretty easy. Just be sure you don't lose the collars or rubber dampers at the side mounting points.
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i pull mine all the time without worring about how full the tank is...yes it is easier to do when it is empty, but full isn't that bad either..half full is the worst trying to get it back on...the fule sloshing around makes it a little difficult to line up, but not that bad...but like posted above...if you have the prime instead of the reserve, then you will either have to drain or plug the lines so you don't spill fuel.
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A tank yank on these bikes is really pretty easy, but it's probably a whole 'nuther story on a Harley, which is probably why your "friend" made the comment.
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I have never drained mine to pull it. 3 bolts, 5 hoses( Cali bike, yours may only have 4), 1 electrical connection, and it's off. Takes about 10 min the first time and about 3 thereafter. I do agree with Slim though that half full can be a pain because of fuel slosh but it's still not all that difficult. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being easiest and 10 being hardest) I'd rate it a 2 and that's only because of the hoses around the petcock.

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A bit of advice: when you put the tank back on it, put it straight down vertically onto the frame. Don't put it on the frame and then slide it up into position or you risk breaking the coolant temp sensor that sticks up. Yes - I did that.

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Another tidbit. I pulled my tank last year to check the fuel sender too. When I re-connected the hoses a piece of the hose broke off inside the hose. The piece ended up getting jammed on top of the carb float valve. Ended up having to pull the carbs and disassemble to get the little piece of rubber out. I also replaced all the fuel hoses. If I had replaced the old hoses when I first pulled the tank I doubt I would have had a problem. The old hoses were pretty brittle.

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