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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-01-2016, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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I hit 10k miles on my XR a few weeks back and to celebrate I got her a new set of E3's installed. I also picked up an air filter, oil filter kit, and new spark plugs. I have taken the tanks off of a few different bikes but not my XR and I have watched WD's video on how to remove it plus read all the warnings about avoiding breaking the plastic fuel nipple. My question is there enough "slack" to just take off the tank mounting bolts and slide it back far enough to just change the air filter without disconnecting the fuel and electric lines? I am replacing it with another stock paper filter.

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I don't think there is enough room to do this but perhaps others will disagree.

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Get yourself comfortable with taking off the tank. It's not as delicate a procedure as you have been lead to believe. You can do it. Just take your time and carefully follow those instructions from the WD video. The most difficult part is getting the fuel line separated from the FI, the release buttons are tough to grip and pinch.
I've had the tank off 4 times in the last 2 years - twice to clean the "performance" air filter, once to remove the horse-shoe spacer and once to put it back on. (tank wobbled without it)
The dealer has had the tank off at least 3 times that I know of - once to put the "performance" air filter in and twice to replace the fuel sending unit.
All without incident.
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Thanks for the words of encouragement Johnny! Breaking that fuel nipple has me dreading do this job. I have taken the tank off of my Suzuki M50 numerous times without incident and it is pretty much the same except it had a brass fuel nipple. Going riding tomorrow and going to try and get home with the least amount of fuel possible to lighten it up. The dealer couldn't believe I was going to put in another OEM filter and not a high performance one when I bought it the other day.

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You can feel the pinch in on the nipple connector. You're going to have to learn to do it cause you'll have to clean air filter some day.
Down the road you'll have to think about pulling the fuel pump and replacing the fuel filters.
you can buy fuel nipple pliers

https://www.amazon.com/Fuel-Pliers-R...el+line+pliers

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Disconnecting the fuel line connection is no big deal, like I said I have done it on two other fuel injected motorcycles numerous times, its getting the cheap plastic fuel nipple caught and breaking it is the worry. Took me 3.5 years to put on 10k miles so at this pace it will be a while before I change it again. Taking Friday off to do this, the oil change, brakes on my truck, and replacing the pump in my hydro static lawn mower transmission. Should be a fun day with a few choice words thrown in there.
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Pull side covers off, remove seat, remove rear tank bolts, and slide tank back. Changing the stock filter doesn't require tank removal, there is enough room to get to the filter under the tank front. You still need to be careful though.
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Just curious, why not get the Lloyds air filter? If your exhaust and the engine/timing etc. are still stock, you're right, the Lloyd's filter could lean it out too much.

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Just curious, why not get the Lloyds air filter? If your exhaust and the engine/timing etc. are still stock, you're right, the Lloyd's filter could lean it out too much.
I am still stock and I am happy with the bike how it is. It is strange for me because I have done engine mods to every car/truck/motorcycle I have ever owned. I had every intention of doing the PCV/filter/timing gear when my 5 year warranty is up but I have changed my mind in the last year or so. In my 3.5 years on the bike I have never ran into a situation where I wished my bike had more power.

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Don't worry about taking the tank the tank off....just take your time and don't be ham fisted and you'll be fine. After the first few times it's a breeze.
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