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Tool for removing tank gas line

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:55 pm
by yamafitter
I don't know how many of you struggle with disconnecting the fuel tank gas line coupling when servicing your FJR. I know my fingers have a tough time getting the buttons to disengage the locking mechanism. I was planning on making some sort of tool that would help getting the locking mechanism on the fuel line to disengage and I have come up with this inexpensive fix.

I was browsing in Princess Auto (Canadian equivalent to Harbor Freight) and came across this cheap vise clamp...

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I saw a possibility into modifying this so I spent the $20 CAD and took it home. In the shop I took my air die grinder and ground off the rivets for the clamping pads and drove out the pin holding the pads with a drift punch...

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I then took my cut off grinder and ground some of the arm away to fit the size of the buttons on the fuel line coupler...

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I tested it on my FJR and also on my WR450F dirt bike. the coupler on the dirt bike is even more stubborn than the FJR and the tool seems to work fairly well. For $20 in materials and 15 minutes in the shop I think it was worth the effort.

Re: Tool for removing tank gas line

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:17 pm
by wheatonFJR
Which one is the final tool?

Re: Tool for removing tank gas line

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:41 pm
by escapefjrtist
Great idea 'fitter. A set of large hog ring pliers also works on more stubborn ones.

~G

Re: Tool for removing tank gas line

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:25 am
by dcarver
Great idea 'Fitter. But what up wid da safety shield on da grinda? :rofl:

Re: Tool for removing tank gas line

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:25 am
by yamafitter
dcarver wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:25 am
Great idea 'Fitter. But what up wid da safety shield on da grinda? :rofl:
Canada is a Nanny Nation where everything has a safety shield.

Re: Tool for removing tank gas line

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:42 am
by yamafitter
wheatonFJR wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:17 pm
Which one is the final tool?
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Re: Tool for removing tank gas line

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:11 pm
by rbentnail
Good deal. I long ago did something similar with 2 small blocks of steel and Channel Lock pliers. Works fine.

And kudos on the grinder guard. On time, long ago, in an iron foundry, I saw a small 4" grinding wheel explode. Half of it went through an 8 ft florescent light fixture, through 8" of insulation and then through the metal roof. The other half slashed the man open about 5" left of his nut sack opening the major blood vessel in his left leg. He would have bled out right there on the shop floor had we not known where the pressure point is from our first aid training.