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  1. #1
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    Spark Plugs and my gas tank

    Hey guys and gals,

    I decided to some of my own maintenance and that brings me to my spark plugs. I've got all the parts I need, but I have a few questions that the manual doesn't seem to shed any light on. She's an '05 if that makes any difference.

    1. Is removing the fuel tank really necessary?
    2. Is there a fuel shut-off valve?
    3. Should I siphon the gas out of my tank before I do this?
    4. Is there anything else I should worry about?

    I've got a lift for my bike, so I'm good to go there. I worry a little bit about dropping the tank (probably get an extra set of hands just in case) or dumping fuel all over the floor the garage floor.

    Thanks guys!

    TLDR: I'm a noob with this stuff. Please help!

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  3. #2
    Found second gear by accident
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woogie View Post
    1. Is removing the fuel tank really necessary?
    You don't have to remove it completely, just lift it up a few inches and prop it with a chunk of wood or something. Removing the tank does make the job slightly easier, but only slightly. If you go that route, it isn't difficult but you will want an extra set of hands to lift everything off without scratching/denting anything.
    Quote Originally Posted by Woogie View Post
    2. Is there a fuel shut-off valve?
    No. This model uses a fuel pump that's internal to the gas tank.
    Quote Originally Posted by Woogie View Post
    3. Should I siphon the gas out of my tank before I do this?
    Not necessary but if you want to remove the tank completely it will help. I didn't end up removing my tank but just in case, I rode the bike till the warning light came on, so maybe a gal left in the tank. When I disconnected the fuel line, a little fuel leaked out, whatever's in the hose itself, but it wasn't much.
    Quote Originally Posted by Woogie View Post
    4. Is there anything else I should worry about?
    Make sure no debris or whatever gets in the spark plug holes while you have them open. When putting spark plugs back in, take extra care you don't crossthread them.
    If you do decide to take the tank off, make sure you don't kink the fuel line when reinstalling the tank.

  4. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by turboyoshi View Post
    Make sure no debris or whatever gets in the spark plug holes while you have them open.
    THIS is a good lesson that I learned the hard way years ago.
    Loosen the plugs just enough so that they feel loose. Blow compressed air all around the base of the plug.
    Loosen another turn or two. Do the air again.

    It is really a BIG AW-CRAP if there is a pebble lodged against the base of the plug.......and it falls into the open hole.
    Don't believe everything that you think.

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  6. #4
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    Good Advice Easy about blowing out the plug holes. I am due for a plug change and living in a condo where vehicle maintenance is not "permitted". If I bring the bike in to a shop to change the plugs, do you think they will be that attentive ?

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    Yes. I certainly hope so.
    Don't believe everything that you think.


 

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