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Old 11-09-2008, 10:52 PM   #1
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Easiest way to drain gas tank

As the title states, what is the easiest way to drain an 1100w gas tank while removed from the bike. It has about 3/4 of a tank.
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Old 11-09-2008, 10:59 PM   #2
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Re: Easiest way to drain gas tank

well you can set it to prime and see if fuel flows.
If not, you can apply a little vacuum to the vacuum line
using a vac pump or syringe.
putting in the Pingel already?
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Old 11-09-2008, 11:03 PM   #3
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I will be installing the pingel I got off ebay, but won't have it until late this week or early next week. Being sent directly to pingel for a rebuild and filter screen.
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Old 11-09-2008, 11:24 PM   #4
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I will be installing the pingel I got off ebay, but won't have it until late this week or early next week. Being sent directly to pingel for a rebuild and filter screen.
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that's a great deal for a rebuild and a screen.
pingels have a 2 yr warranty by the way.
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Old 11-09-2008, 11:28 PM   #5
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siphon it.
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Old 11-10-2008, 02:22 AM   #6
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tip it upside down
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:30 AM   #7
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Re: Easiest way to drain gas tank

You're going to have to move the tank around. When you get most of it out, you'll find there's always more in there. It's very annoying. I ended up getting most of the fuel out, then using a garden hose and washing the rest out (with pingel removed). Do this on a hot day and/or use an air compressor to get that water out fast!

Remember to do all this on a towel so you don't scratch any part of the tank and if you need to repair the plastic liner, now's a good time! Also, you probably want to change your spark plugs right about now since the tanks off... Check stuff out, replace the fuel lines (they're ridiculously inexpensive), and inspect!

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Old 11-10-2008, 03:31 AM   #8
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Re: Easiest way to drain gas tank

Also, after the tank was dried (all water/fuel gone) I sprayed A LOT of carb spray into the tank, used a rag attached to a rod, and got a lot of surface rust out of the tank. But I'm not sure of the condition of your tank so that's up to you!
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:42 AM   #9
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take it for a nice long ride!!!!
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Old 11-10-2008, 04:44 PM   #10
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Thanks guys, there was less gas than I though - some must have drained out while on the ground. I had tried using prime on the petcock but that didn't work. I also tried tipping it upside down but nothing really came out. Thus, I ended up removing the stock petcock and draining it through the petcock hole. I will inspect it over the next day or so for any surface rust but at first glance it appeared clean.
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Old 11-10-2008, 05:29 PM   #11
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take it for a nice long ride!!!!
Eeeeeeeekkkk. I know you're kidding, but I would not recommend that at all. I've heard the stories where people ran out of gas (quite embarrassing if I do say so myself) and all the surface particles of rust clog the pingel/carbs. I always refill at ~80 miles on the odometer to avoid any problems. And I check my oil and chain condition when I'm filling up to ensure no breaks or burns
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Thanks guys, there was less gas than I though - some must have drained out while on the ground. I had tried using prime on the petcock but that didn't work. I also tried tipping it upside down but nothing really came out. Thus, I ended up removing the stock petcock and draining it through the petcock hole. I will inspect it over the next day or so for any surface rust but at first glance it appeared clean.
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Keep alittle bit of gas for a cleaner
If I recall right, I had to open up the OEM petcock hole alitlle with a rat tail file so the Pingel screen would go in smoothly.
The Pingel screen is round compared to the oem oval one.
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Old 11-11-2008, 09:43 PM   #13
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Re: Easiest way to drain gas tank

Close the cap and cover the petcock hole with tape while your waiting for the pingel. Any moisture at all with cause surface rust quick! Great advise to change the plugs and fuel lines while the tank is off.
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