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post #1 of 20 Old 10-23-2010, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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seal fell into gas tank, aarrghh!!

I opened the gas tank cap on my DL1000 to pour in some fuel stabilizer for the winter. Then I opened the fuel stabilizer bottle, which was half full. I guess I was rushing it because the plastic seal flew out and went - unbelievably - right into the tank. I grabbed a light and looked inside but no sign of the stupid seal. I filled the tank with gasoline, hoping the seal would float to the top. No luck.

What do you think will happen to this seal? Could it block off the fuel pickup? Should I pull the tank and try to extricate the stupid thing?

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post #2 of 20 Old 10-23-2010, 08:29 PM
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How the hell did the seal get his head through that small of an opening?
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How the hell did the seal get his head through that small of an opening?
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I think it would probably be a very good idea to try and get it out. Whatever it takes.

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I think it would probably be a very good idea to try and get it out. Whatever it takes.
+1. I would think that you should get a 5 gallon fuel tank, empty the Strom tank into it, take off the strom tank and shake it until the seal comes out.

Ever dropped a pick inside an acoustic guitar? Same idea...

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post #6 of 20 Old 10-23-2010, 10:20 PM
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Ride the bike to empty. The floating plastic bit won't hurt anything, but if the bike starts running funny you'll know why. It will be easier to extract the plastic ring from an empty tank than a full one. You can extract the ring by "fishing" for it with a bent coathanger--don't ask me how I know this :mrgreen:
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You're talking about the seal from the fuel stabilizer bottle, right? It's the plastified carboard thingy.

Leave it in there, it won't hurt anything
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post #8 of 20 Old 10-23-2010, 11:37 PM
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Fastest way to do it is with a match OR get a helper, turn the bike upside down and wait until it sttles to the top of the cap. Then open the cap. If you ge gas on the ground, it's self cleaning with a match.

What? I bet you guys are jealous because you didn't think of it first!

Okay, so if that is too radical....

I don't see how emptying the tank will help because it will always want to stick the the mo difficult place to get at. I suggest a baster from the dollar store or a hose to force some kind of turbulence and dislodge into a more convenient/accessible place. Then a flashlight and a coat hanger.

Good luck and happy fishing.
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post #9 of 20 Old 10-24-2010, 12:23 AM
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Leave it in there, it won't hurt anything
+1.

I worry about everything, and even I would let this go. It's way bigger than your fuel filter.

Get it out whenever it's convenient.
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Fastest way to do it is with a match OR get a helper, turn the bike upside down and wait until it sttles to the top of the cap. Then open the cap. If you ge gas on the ground, it's self cleaning with a match.
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