Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
You need 4 mm & 5 mm hex keys and 10 mm & 12 mm wrenches. Remove the seat. Remove the plastic panels on the tank. Let the side panels hang from the wiring. Prop the tank up on the strut, disconnect the gas line, wiring connector, vent hoses. Take the bolt out from the front of the tank, lift it off wiggling the brackets at the rubber bumpers as needed (hope you don't have much gas in the tank to lighten the weight). If I forgot anything, do that, too.
While the tank is off, look for chafed wiring and wrap something on it to prevent future chaffing. Look for any connectors that could fill with water, fill with rtv silicone sealant or silicone dielectric grease to keep water out. If due, change the air filter and spark plugs.
When replacing, put the tank up on its strut, connect everything, be sure you get the fuel line all the way pushed into place, test run with it on the strut so you can fix anything without doing the plastic panels again.
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