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How to lift the tank and open the airbox on the new VStrom 650. The model here is a 2012 DL650A-L2 ABS Adventure with a custom Matte Metalic Vinyl Wrap on the bodywork. Bike is on a centerstand (from HappyTrail), makes service much easier.
This job is straightforward and can be done with the factory tool kit. It takes about 20 minutes the first time through.
1. Put the bike in a safe work area.
2. Remove the seat
3. Get the factory toolkit out.
Tools needed -
1 small Hex Key Wrench
1 medium Hex Key Wrench
Cross Tip Screwdriver
Rag to catch fuel from hose.
The Tank Removal Job can be broken down into 7 steps:
1. Remove Tank Side Covers.
2. Remove Tank Mounts
3. Lift Tank.
4. Remove Fuel hoses
5. Remove Tank
6. Open Air box.
7. Remove Air Filter.
Tank Cover removal:
Pull the 4 screw from each side cover. I put all the screws in the tool kit tray under the seat.
Here are some photos:
SideCover Rear Screw Removal
Frame Cover front Screw Removal:
Lower SideCover Screw Removal:
Front Side Cover Screw Removal:
Side Cover Removal takes two hands and a bit of fiddling to release the industrial hook and loop and disconnect from the ABS top cover. One hand goes high and the other low. Like this:
Sidecover Pull Away from Tank - Upper Rear
Sidecover Lift Up and Pull Back Toward Seat
The Frame Cover has a barb that grabs the Side Cover and there is a large post that fits into a bushing on the frame. You can pull it loose if it does not pop off itself.
Repeat on the other side of the bike and the tank covers will be off.