Ridemalibu Motorcycle Rentals & Tours – Los Angeles CA
  1. Ciao Guest - You’ve landed at the ultimate Guzzi site. In SoCal? See the Service tab above for the best in service, tires, tuning and installation of our products or custom work. NEW REGISTRATIONS REQUIRE EMAIL ACTIVATION - CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER. ALWAYS TRY A SEARCH BEFORE STARTING A NEW TOPIC - AND PLEASE DON'T BE A DRIVE-BY POSTER: Most questions you may have are well answered on the Forum. As a common courtesy, check back if you are posting elsewhere on the web. There is zero tolerance on personal attacks and off-site links to other Forums or competing products. Note there's decades of Guzzi hands-on experienced help on this site, all whom give endless amounts of their time for free - be courteous. Also be sure to click on the Store link also above for our 600+ product inventory, including many of our 100% Made-in-house-USA GTM products and engine kits. We are still mostly a one man operation (not Amazon), so thanks in advance for your patience on orders. We do our best to get things out as quickly as possible, and we also aren't in control of things like customs & weather delays, etc. PLEASE refrain from emailing about your order Status, as you will get an email with tracking info when your order goes out; Email inquiries on orders slows everything down. Orders are currently being shipped once or twice a week. You can always sign into the online Store system to check the status. Please refrain if at all possible about emailing for an update; If you must ask for order info, please reply on the actual order email. You will get shipping info when it goes out via our online Store system (check your Spam folder), and if you want to cancel your order, please notify us direct email (do not post or use the Forum) and allow 7-10 business days for a reply BEFORE disputing the charge. We don't want your money if we can't deliver. Special order items are subject to a 15-20% cancellation fee. We cannot answer questions direct unless it’s about something on the Store or that you have purchased from us. We do NOT have a phone number - We are online only - Do not email and tell us to call you. You will find us highly responsive via email on the Contact page with any questions on our products (only). We appreciate the consideration, understanding and your business... past and future. Also be sure to see our GTMotoCycles.com custom BUILDS tab above.

2010 cafe classic fuel tank removed and now wont fit

Discussion in 'V7/V85/V9 Chat & Tech' started by victorloia, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. victorloia

    victorloia Just got it firing!

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2013
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Harrison, NY
    i just did a canister removal on my 2010 cafe classic. i figured it would be easy to put the fuel tank back on with it bieng one bolt.but the tank will not line up with that bolt hole no matter how much i try.anyone else have this issue :(
     
  2. GT-Rx®

    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2009
    Messages:
    10,595
    Likes Received:
    2,869
    Location:
    Malibu
    Check to see if anything is binding (rubber lines, etc), and it seems the rubber bumpers that the tank slides into always can use a little lubrication to help with the task. :pinch:
     
  3. Lee Turner

    Lee Turner Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2012
    Messages:
    50
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Simi Valley, CA
    I had a similar problem with my B11. I checked everything four times and couldn't see anything binding. Finally used a large screwdriver and some leverage from the wife and was able to get the bolt to line up enough to catch.
     
  4. Bill Hagan

    Bill Hagan GT Reference GT Famiglia

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2008
    Messages:
    1,286
    Likes Received:
    319
    Location:
    Above Pott's Camp along Braddock's route, Virginia
    I'm long past worrying about looking stupid in my posts :whistle: , but I cannot get my Norge tank to "fit" anymore, either.

    My solution?

    Why worry?

    At least on the Norge, the saddle keeps the tank fixed in place while riding.

    Bill
     
  5. draidt

    draidt GT Reference GT Contributor

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Messages:
    992
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Hernando, FL
    Lube the rubber tank pucks and the slots in the tank, Tank is plastic and will expand when the pressure is relieved by taking the tank off. Do have an empty tank while trying to mount it and try to have the tank in a fairly cool environment for a while before attempting to mount it. Shaving some rubber off the pucks might help then there is the BFing screwdriver through the bolt hole as a pry bar.
     
  6. victorloia

    victorloia Just got it firing!

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2013
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Harrison, NY
    thanks for the suggestions, I did try to lube the bushings and I don't see anything binding it although I don't think the fuel injector line going over the frame backbone is a good design as it looks like its a little flat from the tank. im a mechanic and I have been fixing bikes for over 20 years and I cant believe this is that hard. I will try emptying the tank and try again :eek:
     
  7. sign216

    sign216 High Miler

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2009
    Messages:
    871
    Likes Received:
    31
    Location:
    Eastern, Massachusetts
    Drait had good suggestions; shave the rubber "pucks," add some lube, and lever it in w a large screwdriver.

    One time I had to get a second person to help. It is a problem, with no easy solution.

    Joe
     
  8. victorloia

    victorloia Just got it firing!

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2013
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Harrison, NY
    i found a easy one person way that worked like a charm (i will post photos if needed).i found a 8 inch long piece of 2x4 (any size close will do)and a scissor jack from my car.place the 2x4 but up against the back of the frame where the back of your seat locks in lay the scissor jack flat on its side with the bottom against the 2X4 and the top where it has a small curve fits perfectly against the bolt hole tab on the back of the tank.slowly turn the jack until the hole lines up/bolt in done in 3 minutes.im back on the road :D :D :D
     
    john zibell and elanS like this.
  9. Chuck in Indiana

    Chuck in Indiana Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2008
    Messages:
    428
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Elwood, IN
    It's alcohol fuel causing the tank to deform. Back in the day, I had the Centauro tank off for a week or so, and there was *no way* it was going back on. This was a common problem then, and I don't doubt it still is. There were some good suggestions above. I ended up making a stud with about a 10 degree angle on it, taking out the bushing, putting the tank back on, and driving the bushing over the angled stud. Some gave up and didn't put the bushing back on it..
    I tried a ratchet tie down strap to try to reform it back to normal without any luck btw..
     
  10. vivo

    vivo Cruisin' Guzzisti

    Joined:
    May 29, 2009
    Messages:
    265
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Marlton, NJ
    Here is an idea. If the tank has deformed contact Piaggio for a replacement. The manufacturer is responsible for the suitability of the materials used to construct it's fuel tanks. It's well known ethanol destroys plastic fuel tanks.

    Vivo
     
  11. Penderic

    Penderic Tuned and Synch'ed

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2011
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have taken off my tank a few times and found that lifting up the rear of the tank a small amount will make a BIG improvement!

    Raise the rear of the tank up 3/16" to 3/8" when trying to thread in the fastener bolt - may have to wiggle a slight amount while trying to start the thread. Works every time for me.
     
  12. elanS

    elanS Just got it firing!

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2018
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Brooklyn, ny
    I have been at it for 3 days and IU think the 2x4 with a hydraulic jack is the answer. Ridiculously hard
     
  13. john zibell

    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2008
    Messages:
    7,636
    Likes Received:
    670
    Location:
    Huntsville, AL

    I use the same technique when necessary.
     
  14. elanS

    elanS Just got it firing!

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2018
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Brooklyn, ny
    Finally succeeded. Car Jack with two 2x4 worked without the aluminum sleeve. When I was done could not put the leather straps that connect with the horns. No space between gas tank and steering column. A job for another day.

    That is not German engineering. It is Italian “make it look great” and dont worry about engineering. I had other projects but damn the bike is good looking.
     

Share This Page