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I discovered that when I replaced my air filter that I did not include the O ring from the old filter. The first time I removed the entire fairing http://www.stromtrooper.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2590. This time I chose to just remove some fairing bolts to remove the gas tank . It was about 20 minuets faster than the first time but when it came to reinstalling the tank it was impossible for ME ( I am not a mechanic) to spread the fairing apart while trying to reposition the tank. I had to have another set of hands to hold the fairing apart while I set the tank in place. IMHO it would seem that removing the fairing would make it simpler to remove and reinstalled the tank without help.

Let me also state that I am not a mechanic and only present this info as an example of how I did it.

The instructions for removing the fairing bolts are

1. the black (mine is silver) L shaped piece on both sides ( #3)
2. the small plastic piece at the front of the tank.
3. 3 Allen screws on each side. (# 1,2,4)



After tank removed



Tank proped up , veiw of two of three tank connectors to remove. Make sure to place a rag under the fuel feed hose (black connector) to catch any gas that will leak out.



View of tank connectors disconeccted.



View of tank vent hose on Rt side of tank removed



After tank connecter are removed , then remove the fuel tank mounting bolt



At this point you should be able to remove the tank.

After tank removed , air box exposed



Remove the air box cover and remove the old air filter. Make sure if you reinstall a new air filter that you remove the O ring from the old one and install it on the new one.

O ring removed from old filter.



Also check the air box drain plug for water.



Reconnect all the parts.

Hope this is helpful.

Bill
 
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I was able to get to the air filter (for inspection and compressor cleaning) without removing the fairing. I do agree however, that it is difficult repositioning the tank without some help. I was able to do it but suffered a couple of minor scratches to the black intrument housing plastic.
 
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AIR FILTER

I replaced my air filter with a FRAM. I followed the directions on tank removal in the service manual and comlpeted the job with no problems.Took less time than I thought it would.
 
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