how to remove gas tank


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how to remove gas tank

Postby joeefrye » Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:57 pm



need some information on how to remove and clean gas tank. bike has been sitting for some time.
thanks. joe


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Re: how to remove gas tank

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:19 pm

Boy, you aren't going to like this much. It's a nasty job. From the service manual:

Fuel Tank Removal

Remove the seat and top compartment.

Remove the fuel tank cap and overflow tray.

Fuel Tank 1
Fuel Tank 1


Remove the right side cover. Remove the rear master cylinder mounting bolts and push rod clevis pin. Do not disconnect any brake hoses or rear suspension air hoses.

Fuel Tank 2
Fuel Tank 2


Turn the fuel valve off. Remove the inlet hose from the fuel pump. Turn the fuel valve to RES to drain the fuel tank.

Fuel Tank 3
Fuel Tank 3


Remove the rear wheel and shock absorbers. CAUTION: Be sure to support the swingarm so it does not drop and possibly damage the final drive gear case or brake hose.

Fuel Tank 4
Fuel Tank 4


Disconnect the tail light and turn signal wires. Remove the hand rail and both sections of the rear fender.

Fuel Tank 5
Fuel Tank 5


Remove the left side cover. Remove the battery and the battery box. Remove the left engine mount plate and remove the fuel valve.

Fuel Tank 6
Fuel Tank 6


Disconnect the fuel gauge wires. Remove the tank bolt and cross plate.

Fuel Tank 7
Fuel Tank 7


Move the fuel tank toward the rear of the motorcycle and out of the frame.

To reinstall the fuel tank, reverse the removal procedure.

Fuel Tank 8
Fuel Tank 8
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Re: how to remove gas tank

Postby GW-RN » Mon May 17, 2010 12:38 am

DAMN!!! you arne't kidding that looks NASTY!! and here I am getting a 84 GW this week that will need that done, and me a never having owned a GW before, talk about DEEP end!!
Guess I might as well get some Moly Paste, Grease, and oil for the final drive. :ugeek:
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Re: how to remove gas tank

Postby zvacman » Tue May 25, 2010 4:32 pm

I know that I am a newbie, but the service manual I have for my 82 doesn't make mention of removing the shocks and tire. Is it possible to get it out without tire removal?
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Re: how to remove gas tank

Postby WingAdmin » Wed May 26, 2010 2:36 pm

You must not be looking at the Honda service manual then, because that's where those pictures are from.

And the answer is no, you must remove the rear wheel, because the tank comes out the back.
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Re: how to remove gas tank

Postby zvacman » Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:31 pm

The tank still puts up quite a fight coming out the back even with the wheel off.
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Re: how to remove gas tank

Postby GW-RN » Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:34 am

you weren't kidding about it being a nasty job. the only difference I could see in the instructions that you showed and what I had to do is remove the rear shock "manifold", it was directly behind the gastank. I neglected to take a pic though, sorry.
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Re: how to remove gas tank

Postby zvacman » Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:22 am

Another tip, the arm that holds the rear brake mount needs to pivot to the left. This gives an amazing amount of room so the tank can drop down and out. This room is especially helpful when putting the tank back in. I only wish I had hooked up the carburetor linkages before I put the tank back in!

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Re: how to remove gas tank

Postby MJSantos » Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:56 pm

And one more tip, wait to install the petcock until after you get the beast back in and bolted down.
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Re: how to remove gas tank

Postby teal_wing » Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:11 pm

that is the next thing to do on my bike, (83 gl1100 interstate) it has been sitting for 20 years with the same gas in it. need to get a service manual and take lots of pictures. tires needed to get changed out anyway so two birds at once.


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