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I just recently purchased a 2008 fuel tank to replace my badly mangled stock 2005 tank. Are these tanks interchangeable? Also can anyone point me to a good write up of how to remove a fuel tank and install a new one? I dont see how to get at the hinge bolts, or remove all the fuel lines...

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Sam

Oh and Tugboat is starting to take to potty training! he's the one in my avatar... :)
 

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There is a change between years, i do not know what year they changed. The newer tanks have 2 signals for the fuel light and the old one.

-remove the side panels and seat.
-remove the 2 front mounting screws
-lift the tank and remove all the hoses.
-remove the rear bolt and lift the tank off the bike
 

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California models are different also.
They will fit non California bikes but not vice versa.
I think I have a non california tank, and a california bike. It doesnt seem like there is a conflict here is there?
 

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There is a change between years, i do not know what year they changed. The newer tanks have 2 signals for the fuel light and the old one.

-remove the side panels and seat.
-remove the 2 front mounting screws
-lift the tank and remove all the hoses.
-remove the rear bolt and lift the tank off the bike
There seems to be some crucial steps and or details you may be glossing over. should I drain the tank prior to removing the hoses or can I shut the hoses off with a valve and then disconnect them?

Is it recommended to drain the tank and then run the engine until the fuel level is below the hose disconnect level?

Is there more room to access the two rear bolts when the hoses are disconnected?

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Sam
 

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There seems to be some crucial steps and or details you may be glossing over. should I drain the tank prior to removing the hoses or can I shut the hoses off with a valve and then disconnect them?

Is it recommended to drain the tank and then run the engine until the fuel level is below the hose disconnect level?

Is there more room to access the two rear bolts when the hoses are disconnected?

Thanks,
Sam
When you have a california you have a extra hose for the evap cannister. The non california tank doen not have that any fitting to mount that hose.

You can drain the tank prior to removing, but i don't know how. Maybe it's in the manual.
Last time i have removed my tank i did remove the fuel pump to get all the fuel out. When i already had the tank off.
When you remove the fuel lines there is no fuel coming out the fuel pump.
There are only 2 bolt in front and one rear bolt.
 

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a bit ot, but... wasn't there a recall on the cali tanks? if you have one you can get it replaced i believe... if not, sorry to spread the rumor ;D
 

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a bit ot, but... wasn't there a recall on the cali tanks? if you have one you can get it replaced i believe... if not, sorry to spread the rumor ;D
LOL, this is tank # 3 for this poor bike. first tank was dented up in a tip over and I took it in to have the tank recalled, which worked. That new tank is now wadded up like chewing gum. on to tank #3.

As far as the evap canister & tubing problem. Isn't it true that you can just remove and plug all of that equipment & tubing? I think there have been threads on this.
 

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late post just for clarification sake. yes a non-cali tank fits cali bikes. you'll need to plug evaporation line coming from the air box. I used a threaded bolt and a zip tie.

you can remove the evap canister and the hoses coming from the fuel tank and air box.

so far so good.
 

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Are you on to fitting the new tank or still taking the old one off?

I watched someone do this to my bike 2 weekends ago. I could do it for you but telling you where you could understand it, is another thing.
 

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I'm done actually. just finished chopping the exhaust this weekend. the brand new 2008 rear plastics and tank have been on for like 2 weeks now.

here's how she looked 5 weeks ago:





Here she is on today's ride around the neighborhood:


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close up of chopped Arata silencer:

 

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Very nice.
 

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Wow, very nice.
How much $$ for the Arata silencer label?
hrmmm.. hadn't thought of selling it. its scratched up pretty badly. would require some good detail work to get it back to looking pristine. because I'm lazy I'd say 20 bucks should be worth the trip down to the post office.
 

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hrmmm.. hadn't thought of selling it. its scratched up pretty badly. would require some good detail work to get it back to looking pristine. because I'm lazy I'd say 20 bucks should be worth the trip down to the post office.
I was hoping more like $10....
Does that smaller can sound louder, deeper, higher than the original?

Oh yeah and it does look very clean,, good job.
 
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