Figuring out how to remove a motorcycle gas tank might not be as difficult as it sounds. A motorcycle's gas tank is located in between the handlebars and the seat. Most riders rest their hands on the gas tank while stopped, making the location extremely convenient. Knowing how to remove the motorcycle gas tank can be useful for many reasons for a motorcycle owner, such as inspecting or changing the spark plugs or air filter, inspecting the wiring, performing other important maintenance or repair tasks. With very little time, effort and a little elbow grease, this can be done effectively and efficiently.
Things you will need:
- Pair of pliers
- Socket wrench
- Old, dirty towel (in case the fuel spills while being taken out)
- Getting started There are special cap screws that hold the side panels around the gas tank into place. These screws need to be removed but with caution. The front and rear gas tank bolts, which hold the gas tank to the bike frame, must also be removed. Once the bolts are removed, lift the tank and gently pull off the fuel tank overflow hose underneath the right gear.
- Getting dirty The left side has a petcock, which allows fuel to flow into the bike. Before removing this, it's a good idea to run the motorcycle until it stalls so that the fuel doesn't spill out when removing the line. Remove the hose clamp with a pair of pliers and gently pull off the fuel line.
- Final touches Making sure the petcock doesn't catch on the side panels, carefully lift the gas tank upwards and off the motorcycle.
Just think, by doing this yourself, you probably saved quite a bit of money that could maybe be out towards a custom paint job. Removing the motorcycle gas tank on your own very rewarding and can prove to be a lot safer if you become comfortable with the motorcycle that carries your life on the road.