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Old 03-14-2012, 07:24 PM   #1
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Bodywork on the tank of my GSA

I have some dents on the tank of my 02 1150GSA--most of them from the previous owner and some from another inmate who doesn't know how to use tie-downs.

Question is:

Can I unscrew the hex bolts surrounding the gas cap, pull the assembly out (whatever is included therein) reach my hand in the tank and bang out the dents the best I can before I start with bondo?

Any other advice?
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:33 AM   #2
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No one has done body work on their tanks?

Maybe I'm not wording the question right.

I want to take out the gas filler at the top of my tank, reach my arm in like I'm birthing a calf, and push the dents OUT.

Can it be done, or is there sh** in the way?

Maybe I should look at a schematic.
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:54 AM   #3
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???

I haven't done anything like that. But as a new owner of an 03 GSA, I would suggest that you would have to have a very thin arm to reach into the tank via the filler opening. As to things in the way, depending on which side the dents are you might have to remove the fuel pump.
it might be better to take it to an automotive repair body shop & maybe they have something like a vacuum that can suck out the dent enough that you can then do the bondo thing!
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:06 AM   #4
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:27 PM   #5
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You won't need the S hook for a fuel tank.

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Old 03-15-2012, 03:05 PM   #6
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Ok thanks fellas.
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:03 PM   #7
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I have dents in my tank side panels. Theyll easily come off so that should make it easier to fix
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:46 PM   #8
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Well, I removed the filler cap and sure enough the area is to small to fit even my sissy arms in the tank.

But, I taped a cloth to a tire iron and snaked it in, the applied pressure and got a few dents out. It still doesn't look great but it's way better than before.

Now I'll start using some Bondo to fill in the rest.
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:02 PM   #9
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Have you tried going in through the fuel pump cover? It's probably 4" across.
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