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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-02-2010, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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ever remove item from fuel tank?

Pulling the empty fuel tank off for some maintainence, I heard a rattling from inside. As I moved the tank, it seemed to roll around on the inside.
Removing the fuel tap, I discovered the filter on the tap was no longer there.
I've spent quality time trying to get that thing to a point where I could remove it from the fuel tap hole or even the fuel filler opening, with no success. Yet to even see or feel it.

Anyone have a bright idea???
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I had a similar problem some years back. Inside the tank was a transponder, from a Datatag anti-theft system, which I needed to remove. This thing was the size of an aspirin, and no amount of shaking would get it out! I eventually got it out using one of those long, springy things, with a 4 fingered claw at one end, and a spring loaded plunger at the other. It is a useful bit of kit. Most toolshops sell them.
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Get a long piece of stiff wire, like a coat hanger. Put a bend in one end, mould a blob of blue-tac or similar to the bent end, and go fishing.

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man I just had to grin when I saw this...I came up with the bright idea of filling my tank with pea gravel...the strapping it to a vibrating tumbler at my work place..to clean the inside..well the inside is clean ...but.....what a pain to get them all out..took a while plus a few years out of my back lol .....anyway isent that lil screen metalic?....maybe a small magnet of the telescoping type?....just a thought.....

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Glad to know I'm not the only one who has faced this.
The fuel tap filter has no metal on it. Darn!
The problem is mostly that while I can hear it rolling around, I can't see it.
Not sure whether to attack the problem from the fuel tap opening or the filler tube.
I like the idea of the 4 pronged claw.
Kind of worried that the blue-tac glob may come off of a coat hanger and double my problem.
That's okay, I need creative input.
Right now my back is so bad that I need to get a little relief before trying again, so different ideas are still being accepted.
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I have used an air hose from my compressor with no attachment screwed on the end for this sort of headache. Turn the tank upside down, put the hose up inside and open the air valve at the air tank. Some shaking and moving the hose around will usually do the trick. You could also fill the tank with water, shake it a bit upside down (with the cap on) to suspend the object, and then remove the gas cap to let the water rush out, hopefully with the object still suspended. Good luck - don't you just love these oddball headaches!
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Actually, there is metal in it, just not ferrous metal. It will require some meddle.

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What's wrong with just ignoring it? Otherwise, if it was installed from the bottom it should be extractable from the bottom. flashlight? hemostat? needle nose pliers?, patience.?

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Happy Ending!
Thanks for the creative ideas.
I could have let the fuel tap filter float around inside without issue indefinitly, but I like to have my bike as it should be.
I purchased a four pronged claw from home depot for about nine bucks. It had a built in light on the claw end that made all the difference. I rotated the tank around for about ten minutes before getting the filter to stop in a position where it could be seen with the light on the end of the claw.
Out she came, on the first try.
Nine dollars well spent in my book.
Maybe now I canget around to actually riding.
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I love the "fill it with water and flush it out" idea. I don't think I would have thought of that if I had a similar problem. I shall file that idea away for future use, as I think it would be most likely for success. It might take a couple of tries, but water is cheap.
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