The tools I used:
- flathead screwdriver
- Philips screwdriver
- 12mm socket and ratchet
- A small piece of 2”x4” wood to prop up the rear of the tank
- rag to catch any drips of gas
- HFA3503 Air Filter or K&N SU-5589 Air Filter
1) Put the motorcycle on the center stand to make it more stable.
2) Remove the seat. Turn the key while lifting up on the rear of the seat.
3) Ensure the fuel petcock is turned on and the fuel cover on the tank is secure. The fuel tap is under the tank, and will be turned off in step 6.
4) Use the 12mm socket and ratchet to remove the two bolts, each one securing either side of the tank.
5) Gently lift up on the rear of the tank and slip a piece of wood to support it.
6) From the right side of the bike looking towards the left, the fuel tap is visible under the tank.
Use a flatbladed screw driver to turn the fuel tap from on (vertical) to off (horizontal)
7) Using the pliers, loosen the two hose clamps and remove the fuel hoses from the fuel tap. Make a note of which hose goes where. I used a zip tie to mark one side.
Have a rag handy to catch the couple drips of gas that will be in the hoses.
8) Remove the water drain hose
All three hoses removed:
9) Now that the tank is free of the hoses, lift up on the rear of the tank and pull towards the back of the bike slightly. The tank should come free easily. Place in a safe place.
10) The air filter is held by four Philips screws. Use the Philips screwdriver to remove them.
Note the two clips also held the the bottom two screws:
11) Remove the air filter
12) If cleaning use compressed air to blow it clean. This one is a bit dirty.
13) The Old (left) and New (right)
14) Install the new filter and replace the four screws. Remember the two cable clips on the bottom.
15) Reinstall the gas tank and reconnect the three hoses.
16) Remember to turn the fuel tap back to the on or vertical position.
17) There is no specified torque for the two rear 12mm bolts.
18) Go for a ride!
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