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Well, there was a post somewhere talking about changing the spark plugs without having to pull the gas tank as the manual says.
Well, today I put that to the test and can say it does work.
You have to take out the two screws at the base of the gas tank and then lift it up enough to stick a small 2x4 under it. That will give you enough clearance to easily get the left & right rear. Pull the breather cover off on the left side and you can reach the left front plug. Now, reaching the right front is a bit more of a pain. Remove the air filter cover and filter. Then you’ll see the back plate which has the intake tube going to the carb. It has two screws that you need to remove and then “gently” rotate the back plate clockwise about 40 degrees. That will give you enough access to reach the right front plug.
Remember not to over tighten the plugs. They are torqued to 13ft.lbs.
Reverse dis-assembly to put it back together. Viola!
 

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Well, there was a post somewhere talking about changing the spark plugs without having to pull the gas tank as the manual says.
Well, today I put that to the test and can say it does work.
You have to take out the two screws at the base of the gas tank and then lift it up enough to stick a small 2x4 under it. That will give you enough clearance to easily get the left & right rear. Pull the breather cover off on the left side and you can reach the left front plug. Now, reaching the right front is a bit more of a pain. Remove the air filter cover and filter. Then you’ll see the back plate which has the intake tube going to the carb. It has two screws that you need to remove and then “gently” rotate the back plate clockwise about 40 degrees. That will give you enough access to reach the right front plug.
Remember not to over tighten the plugs. They are torqued to 13ft.lbs.
Reverse dis-assembly to put it back together. Viola!
Hw much harder would it have been to remove the tank? Sometime before June I have to check my valves and might as well change the plugs at that point. I have a service manual and have read through it. It seemed to me it was not to many more steps too take off the tank.
 

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Well, there was a post somewhere talking about changing the spark plugs without having to pull the gas tank as the manual says.
Well, today I put that to the test and can say it does work.
You have to take out the two screws at the base of the gas tank and then lift it up enough to stick a small 2x4 under it. That will give you enough clearance to easily get the left & right rear. Pull the breather cover off on the left side and you can reach the left front plug. Now, reaching the right front is a bit more of a pain. Remove the air filter cover and filter. Then you’ll see the back plate which has the intake tube going to the carb. It has two screws that you need to remove and then “gently” rotate the back plate clockwise about 40 degrees. That will give you enough access to reach the right front plug.
Remember not to over tighten the plugs. They are torqued to 13ft.lbs.
Reverse dis-assembly to put it back together. Viola!
I changed my plugs today. The rear two and the front were pretty easy. The front right behind the air box was a pain!!!! Thanks for the post
 

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I don't know how hard it is to take off with injection. My old vtx i never took off because i was afraid that the gas would leak out. Hind sight maybe not because it had a fuel pump to pressure. My Classic is so easy with the petcock. I always take it all the way off.
 

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good suggestion Chief

the factory service manual tends to have one set of directions for each step - if the tank is in the way they point you to the section for removing the tank from the bike

and normally there is no section for partly removing it, lifting it up just a bit... those are the things mechanics learn over the years

likewise when adjusting the valves on my 650 the factory service manual points to the directions for removing the carbs from the bike - but its not necessary to take them off completely, they only need to be moved up a few inches - that lets you keep the throttle and clutch cables connected and saves a lot of time putting them back on.
 

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Well, there was a post somewhere talking about changing the spark plugs without having to pull the gas tank as the manual says.
Well, today I put that to the test and can say it does work.
You have to take out the two screws at the base of the gas tank and then lift it up enough to stick a small 2x4 under it. That will give you enough clearance to easily get the left & right rear. Pull the breather cover off on the left side and you can reach the left front plug. Now, reaching the right front is a bit more of a pain. Remove the air filter cover and filter. Then you’ll see the back plate which has the intake tube going to the carb. It has two screws that you need to remove and then “gently” rotate the back plate clockwise about 40 degrees. That will give you enough access to reach the right front plug.
Remember not to over tighten the plugs. They are torqued to 13ft.lbs.
Reverse dis-assembly to put it back together. Viola!
16k & 34k and they were in good condition. The last change I put in iridium plugs.
Appreciate the update!
 
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