I got caught with my pants down this week. (figuratively) I've somehow managed to forget to change my fuel filter every time I've had the bike apart for the last two years. I've known in the back of my head I needed to change it so I bought a new one and have had it stored in my left saddle bag next to the tool kit for well over a year now. I got 3hrs away from home and started loosing power while riding on I-40 about 75mph. I stopped and checked the fuel cap and vent hose, no problems, took off again and everything was fine till I got above 70mph again. At this point I was fairly sure it was the filter,so I pulled off an exit and installed the new one. Sure enough, problem solved!
I did change the filter through the fuel door by using a pair of pliers to slide the rubber clamp off the tab and I had just enough slack in the fuel lines to pull it over the spill tray so I could get the fuel clamps and hoses off and the spilled fuel drained into the tray. Putting the hoses and clamps back on the new filter and getting the rubber clamp back in place over the tab is no easy task. Unless you have supple hands and good grip, I would recommend using Wingadmin's method and removing the radio cover, in a pinch you can do it thru the fuel door, but it's not easy.
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Even if you don't want to remove the radio cover, you can do it by just LIFTING the radio cover. I've done this before - remove the seat, remove the two acorn nuts holding the back of the radio cover, unlock the two latches inside the fuel filler door, then lifted the back of the radio cover a couple of inches and jammed a box or something in there to hold it up. Gives you just enough access to the one side to easily get to and replace the fuel filter.
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