Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
IL, we have a mega-dealer in my area, and is known for low prices. I bought my '14 DL1000 at a stupid-cheap price as a leftover/new. This dealer is famous for it.
Removing or lifting the fuel tank on my '14(similar to the 18) looks daunting from the shop manual, but looking at te, it's not difficult or time consuming at all. All I did was remove the seat and rear tank mount bolt, 4 tank side trim screws at the front, 2 screws at the top of the tank for the center tank trim, 1 screw at the rear of the center tank trim, 4 push-pins at the front of the tank, 1 bolt per side for the steering head/front tank mounts, and a front tank hinge thru-bolt. The piece under the rear tank mount bolt serves as a short prop-rod of sorts, holds the tank up to access to the TPS, for example.
Figre less than 10 minutes before you disconnect the tank electrical connectors and fuel line. I have a ring-lock mounted tank bag, and that mount had to be removed before the center trip could come off the tank, 4 Allen bolts.
Nothing to it but to do it.