How does one remove the fuel cap assembly? ('87 VFR 700)

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  1. Bazza

    Bazza New Member

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    Wow.......thanks for that very helpful information! I would LOVE to force that sucker off! ;) Of course the tricky part will be how to set up something ( a jig) so as not to wreck the surrounding metal. Should be do-able but will require a little brain power......hope I'm up to the task! ;)

    Will post results when I know more.

    Thanks again...really appreciate it!
     
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    Couldn't any competent locksmith open it ? why not ?
     
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    Well for starters....there's no more lock.......

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    Have the VERY SAME ISSUE so am watching this thread CLOSELY.

    PLEASE keep updates / finds / solutions coming.

    Thanks and BEST OF LUCK

    Ricardo
     
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    Tagged. This is going to be good.[​IMG]
     
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    a useful photo would show the underside of the cap, showing the 2 tabs that lock the cap in place.

    any prying damage will be obvious and need repair.
     
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    I could have sworn I posted a couple pics of what the underside looks like. I found some pics from an eBay auction:

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    First, I will wait for me replacement tank to arrive. It should be here this week. That way I know I have a replacement in hand. Always a prudent approach. :)

    I'm thinking to get the old cap off - it will have to be pryed off.....with a crow bar or huge pry bar (both of which I happen to have).

    The trick will be to design and construct some type of frame - built around the tank itself - that would both secure the tank and keep it from moving (especially vertically) and also provide a fulcrum above the cap for my pry bar to sit on while I apply upward pressure.

    So, for now I have a plan.
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    In the meantime I also ordered a new fuel pump and fuel filter just to rule those out as issues when I get set up for an engine start. I'm pretty sure I will have to do a carb clean but will cross that bridge after getting the fuel delivery aspect resolved.
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    I washed all my fairings yesterday so at least they are nice and clean. Missing pieces and also have some cracks but those are down on the priority list for now.
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    I also squirted my chain down with WD Rust Penetrant. Looks a whole lot better. :)
     

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    Update on the fuel tank saga......

    The used tank arrived today along with the matching ignition and helmet locks. Everything worked with the same key (of course I tested it right off the bat).

    The tank is in really good condition so I feel like the purchase was a good value.

    The inside doesn't look too bad but I'm sure there's some gunk that should be cleaned out before using.

    I checked out some info online and some say vinegar and a few others say Muriatic acid.

    Also with the vinegar to add a container of BB's. Let it sit for 2 weeks with vigorous tank shakes twice daily.

    What does the collective wisdom say on cleaning out a tank?

    TIA and here's a few pics:


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    Try the mildest (vinegar) first with no media and see how she looks. Then go from there. Not a bad starting point imo.
     
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    That's what I was thinking - at least for *this* tank, which doesn't seem too bad.

    Apple Cider Vinegar? Full strength or cut it by a %?
     
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    Has that tank been "Kreem"ed ??
     
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    Personally, I wouldn't bother with vinegar. If the tank can't take a bit of hydrochloric acid then I wouldn't want if on the bike anyway. I did a thread about this last year - on my wife's Cbr400. The tank is absolutely perfect now. In fact she's riding that bike today.
     
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    Good evening folks......been a while and sorry about that. Had some stuff to take care of for my family and then just been very busy.

    The fuel tank project was put on hold but in the meantime I found a solution. Another bike...and one that runs and everything works! Ha ha.

    Was dropped on the left side and has dents in the fuel tank but super clean inside and doesn't leak (so I'm making progress!) Seat has a tear in it but no biggie. Left side fairings need a little repair work but they are there and working. Everything works on the bike and boy this baby is QUICK! The Kerker sounds AWESOME as well. :)

    Anyway - hopefully will get back on the forum a little more, especially as we ease into Fall and Winter. I still have my other two - '87 700's as well. Hope to get them going again at some point. In the meantime man does it feel good to ride again!



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    The other side.....

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    And the front.....

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    talk about a thread revival - but glad to see you are back - lol
     
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    Thanks, mate. Good to be back! Yeah - I try not to clog up the first page with too many new threads. Besides.....I'm still going to get this fuel tank thing licked! It ain't over yet!!! :Fencing:
     
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    I think you did really well with the latest purchase regardless of price. Nice add ons (Kerker pipe, Stainless lines)
    The Blue/ Grey is a favourite color scheme of mine.
    I ended up taking my tank to a locksmith and they somehow opened it for a small charge ($35). As others have pointed out the inability to access the locking tabs makes it almost impossible to get off. I'd find a GOOD locksmith and ask if they could help. Best of luck.
     
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    Thank you! Appreciate the input and nice words.

    Price was $1,150 and it was a 20 minute drive away so nice easy transaction. Always nice too when the bike you purchase is in running condition.

    The seller had removed the carbs and ultrasoniced them, changed oil and filter, and plugs. It really rides superb!

    Only 32K miles too - not bad.

    He and I are currently negotiating another deal - this time with some enduros. More on that later depending on what happens.
     
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