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sidecar paul

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A couple of years ago Saxon7 had a tank without a key and I suggested a way to release the cap. Eventually another K's key fitted his tank, so the idea was never proven.

Recently (2015) Jez used the idea and was able to open his tank cap without mutilating it.  cheers

As the information is hidden in some long threads, I thought I would repeat it here in the 'How to...' section where it should be easier to find in the future.

Basically, the idea is to drill a hole through the top of the tank cap and use a lever to release the locking bar.

The hole size should be between 4 and 8mm diameter positioned between 22 and 25mm from the edge as in the picture.

Open a petrol tank cap which has a broken lock. Sam_1013

The maximum hole size is 8mm and, if that size is chosen, the centre should be at 23mm.

This is the inside view of the cap with an 8mm hole.
Open a petrol tank cap which has a broken lock. Sam_1014

Before deciding the hole size, it's a good idea to plan how you are going to plug the hole until it is needed. I found some plastic hole bungs, hence my 8mm holes, but another option would be to tap the hole and use a shallow headed screw.

Open a petrol tank cap which has a broken lock. Sam_1015

To open the cap, a screwdriver, or some other lever, is inserted through the hole, forward and to the left of the lock. The locking plate can then be pulled towards the rear thereby releasing the cap.

Open a petrol tank cap which has a broken lock. Sam_1016

So there it is.
It is probably not a bad idea to do this mod before the lock fails as I considered the thought that if I were 200 miles from home, I needed petrol and the lock barrel just rotates without opening the cap....... Open a petrol tank cap which has a broken lock. 61740....Well, what would you do?

Thanks to Jez for proving the idea and prompting me to do my own tanks.

Paul.


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'84 K100RS (0014643) (owned since '85), 86 K100RS (0018891) with Martello sidecar (built as an outfit in '88),
'51 Vincent (since '67),'72 Montesa Cota (from new), '87 Honda RS125R NF4 (bought 2015) 
....No CARS never ever!
    

sidecar paul

sidecar paul
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I've been playing with petrol caps again (so I could soon be posting a way to repair a cap when the barrel no longer turns the opening cam.)

But as I had a cap in pieces, I thought of another little idea, making it easier to open the cap through the HOLE. 
Simply a 3mm hole in the latch plate.
Open a petrol tank cap which has a broken lock. Sam_1510
 
Paul.


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'84 K100RS (0014643) (owned since '85), 86 K100RS (0018891) with Martello sidecar (built as an outfit in '88),
'51 Vincent (since '67),'72 Montesa Cota (from new), '87 Honda RS125R NF4 (bought 2015) 
....No CARS never ever!
    

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