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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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