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So I am going to have my motorcycle painted but all parts have to be removed. So for the fenders do I have to remove the tires? Also the gas tank is it easy to remove? I am not mechanical in any way shape or form. Looking for some advice and some do's and dont's. thank you!
 

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takeing off the tins (fenders and tank) is very strait forward.

Front fender has four bolts bolts (12mm) IRC

Rear Fender: you have to take off the seat, Open up the tool box behind the seat and take out the two 10mm bolts and the tool box and seat will come off. Use a 10mm socket to remove the fender struts and sissy bar. And you have two more 10mm nuts that hold the fender to the battery box. Again no need to remove the tire.

the Fuel Tank is held on by three bolts. 2 up front (one on the left and one on the right) located just above the ears. and one bolt on the rear of the tank under the seat...

when removing the fuel tank, mark the lines coming off the fuel petcock.
 

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thanks again slim, you are a lot of help. This is something I can do knowing what to take off and where to find it. I appreciate it.
 

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And dont lose the rubber bushings under the front tank screws! They are a bitch to find on the garage floor later!
 

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or wedged in somewhere on the frame/engine. Don't ask how I know. Took me forever to find and it was right in front of my face. LOL
 

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The fenders are easy to get off, but very difficult to get back on without scratching the paint. I took some foil tape, then peeled the backing off, and used the tape itself to tape the waxy paper backing over the screw holes while sliding the fenders back in place. Using the front fender as an example, punch a hole in the paper over one of the mounting holes, so a bolt will go through it. Then put the fender in place, with the tape backing between it and the forks to protect the paint, put in the one bolt where you poked the hole in the paper, and tighten it a few turns. It will help hold the fender in place so you don't accidentally drop it. then one at a time, remove the tape and backing and put the bolts through the fender and into the fork. It should not damage the paint anywhere but where the fender fits against the fork, which is hidden. It can also help to loosen the front axle nut, and wedge a piece of 2x4 between the front lower forks (through the spokes in the wheels) to gain just a little more clearance between the fork and fender.
 

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Dariv is right about the rubber bushings under those 2 front tank bolts, should you drop one you may not realize it and when you go to tighten the bolt, the tank will seem to want to slip or not feel snug, at this point if you keep tightning you can actually put to much force on that wing and crack the tank! I actually droped one and ended up making one only to find it a couple days later , found it between motor and radiator. RB
 
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