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    Tank removal, 1987 K100RT

    OK, I'm stuck. Every description I've seen about How To Remove The Fuel Tank says to "remove the two pins at the rear corners of the tank". The Clymer manual goes further and says to remove them with pliers. I'll be damned if I can get them to budge. What's the trick? I need to raise the tank far enough to replace a sticky relay in the electrical box. Thanks for the help.
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    If it says "remove two pins" it is WRONG!

    There ARE two approx. 3/8" diameter pins that are WELDED to the rear of the tank. These go down through two rubber bushings that go through two brackets that are welded to the top of the frame.

    There SHOULD be two clips attached to the pins that keep the pins from lifting through the bushing. You remove the CLIPS, then lift the rear of the tank.

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    Yes, with those clips removed you should be able to lift the rear of the tank up (pivoting it on the attachment point near the front of the tank, without actually removing it at all). That is, provided you have removed any bodywork attached to the sides of the tank as well.

    If the tank hasn't been removed for some time, it may also be stuck to the rubber grommets surrounding the two welded pegs.

    Also, my '87 K75C hasn't had those clips installed in the 12k miles I've owned it, and seems none the worse for it. There really seems no risk of the tank coming loose, particularly once I replaced the aforementioned rubber grommets for the price of some loose change. The new ones really keep the pegs tightly in place. And the grommets themselves actually are important, as the tank rubbing directly on the steel mounting points back there can dig into the aluminum tank wall (floor).

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    I've had my K a few clicks over 100,000 miles and to my knowledge, those clips have never been on my tank during my time with the bike. Never had a problem with the tank falling off.
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    Things USUALLY don't fall up.

    The tank COULD come off in an accident. Probably not a good thing as it would severe fuel lines and spew fuel on an already bad situation. They put those there for a reason. Your bike, your choice.


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