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Old 08-28-2009, 05:53 PM   #1
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DIY: Charcoal Canister Removal on F800GS (with pictures!!)

There are a couple of DIY's on how to remove the charcoal canister from the F800GS but they don't have pictures. So here's how I did it.

The charcoal canister has three hoses coming out of it, two on top and one from the bottom. One from the top goes to the gas tank vent valve, the other goes to a breather valve. The hose coming from the bottom is routed to the bottom of the motorcycle. To make it more clear, I made up the following diagram:





Tools and supplies needed:

Torx T25
Torx T30
Snips
Needle nose pliers
5/16” vacuum hose plug
5/16” Uni Filter crankcase filter




First remove the countershaft sprocket cover via the three T25 torx screws.







Remove the two small triangular side panels via the one T25 screw and then slide the panels off the two prongs. Don’t lose the rubber grommets.




Remove the rectifier via the two T30 screws being careful not to lose the two spacer washers which are between the rectifier and its mount. The remove the mount via its two T30 screws.



Snip the two big cable ties holding the canister onto the frame and slide the canister holder as far off to the side as you can. At this point I was able to remove the bottom line off the canister and one of the top lines.




Then snip this cable tie and move the wires out of the way.





Snip the cable tie which is holding the two wires to the canister bracket and move them aside.


You can then move the canister down, pull off the last line from the top of the canister and work the canister out through the countershaft sprocket area. It is tight but you can work it out.

Once the canister is out you'll have three hoses:





Reach through the frame and pull the hose off the breather valve that came from the canister. Then put the 5/16” plug over the bung. (I forgot to take a picture of this.)

Then put the Uni Filter on the line that goes to tank. I then zip-tied the filter up out of the way so that it will stay as high as possible and out of any water’s way. (This is not where I left it. I just took a picture before I tucked it up out of the way.)





Then zip tie the two wires that were attached to the canister bracket to the frame with a cable-tie like so:



Then discard the line that goes to the ground, put all the panels back in place and go for a test ride.

In all, it took about an hour, but without stopping to take pictures this could easily be done in a half hour or 45 minutes.

Please let me know if you have any questions, need anything clarified or can't figure out what the hell I'm talking about.
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Old 08-28-2009, 05:58 PM   #2
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You are so going to smog hell mister.
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Old 08-28-2009, 06:03 PM   #3
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You are so going to smog hell mister.
Dude, I was so there years ago.
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Old 08-28-2009, 06:11 PM   #4
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When San Diego looks like Los Angeles, it will be because of you.

On a serious note, don't lose that sucker (canister). You'll be needing it every now and then soon enough.
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Old 08-28-2009, 06:23 PM   #5
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I keep everything I take off my bikes so that I can restore them to stock when I sell them.
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Old 08-29-2009, 05:15 AM   #6
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When San Diego looks like Los Angeles, it will be because of you.

On a serious note, don't lose that sucker (canister). You'll be needing it every now and then soon enough.

Is that because you should put it back on before going to the dealer for warranty items?... or why?...
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Old 08-29-2009, 05:20 AM   #7
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What exactly would the benefit of removing this charcoal canister be?
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Old 08-29-2009, 06:36 AM   #8
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Is that because you should put it back on before going to the dealer for warranty items?... or why?...
No, he thinks that California is going to begin doing smog checks on motorcycles. I don't want this thread to turn into a debate on that subject.

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What exactly would the benefit of removing this charcoal canister be?
Short version, if fuel gets in there, whether due to an overfill of the tank or a tip over on the trail, the bike will run like crap until the gas evaporates or worse, it can cause vapor lock in engine. Since I intend to ride off road a lot, which means falling over a bit, I do not want it there.
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:36 PM   #9
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Scott, I thank you for this thread. I want to remove canister from my Tiger 800XC and this thread has answered my questions. Much appreciated.
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Old 08-05-2011, 02:26 PM   #10
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Scott, I thank you for this thread. I want to remove canister from my Tiger 800XC and this thread has answered my questions. Much appreciated.
You're welcome!
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:44 PM   #11
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Smog Cannister Removal

Probably a dumb question, but why did you put a filter on the line that goes to/from the tank?

Part # ??


Doesn't this line carry fumes and overflow raw gasonline from the tank?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Great thread and pictures, thanks ever so much.

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Old 08-08-2011, 01:12 PM   #12
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Probably a dumb question, but why did you put a filter on the line that goes to/from the tank?

Part # ??


Doesn't this line carry fumes and overflow raw gasonline from the tank?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Great thread and pictures, thanks ever so much.

Bugley.

Ok, sorry to re-hash this, but I'm in Commie-fornia and have no intention of leaving the CC in my new '12 F800GS when it arrives in a few weeks. The OP is a couple years old and the pics aren't linked anymore and I'd love to do this mod after break-in/first service. Any way to get the pictures up again?
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Old 08-08-2011, 07:24 PM   #13
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Probably a dumb question, but why did you put a filter on the line that goes to/from the tank?

Part # ??


Doesn't this line carry fumes and overflow raw gasonline from the tank?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Great thread and pictures, thanks ever so much.

Bugley.
Perhaps you are addressing this to me.... With the CC gone.....air going into the tank to relieve spend fuel......need to be filtered....imho. No need to put more gunk in the injectors..... They are having a hard time enough with the pump corrosion from ethanol. If the bike tips over ....fuel will be turned off by the " tip over shut off valve ...located on the top of the tank....where the line departs. Vapor expansion will be relieved via the check valve.....( arrow pointing towards the tank)....which also serves as a liquid blocker.....don`t ask me.....but I tried to push water through it..... could`nt......only vapor....after about 5 psi diff. So I installed said check valve back in the filter. I have a little saturation under the filter.....but nothing to be worried about.... Bought the filter at an automotive store for under $7....US$.


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Old 10-24-2011, 10:21 PM   #14
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Should note that, although the instructions from the OP do not mention this, I found it much easier to remove the canister after I took the chain off of the counter sprocket. Might help someone that is doing this after reading the thread.
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Old 10-25-2011, 11:13 AM   #15
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Should note that, although the instructions from the OP do not mention this, I found it much easier to remove the canister after I took the chain off of the counter sprocket. Might help someone that is doing this after reading the thread.
I didn't have to, but I can see how that would make it easier. For that matter (I don't know if you had to mess with the back wheel to get the chain off) you could just remove the countershaft sprocket.
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