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Old 10-26-2012, 10:31 AM   #1
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Stuck gas cap on R80ST - /6, /7 style airhead

Anyone have a trick for un-sticking a stuck gas cap *without* drilling it out and/or inserting a screw?

The cap on my r80st sometimes sticks even though I don't lock it. The lock doesn't work even though I believe the key matches. I'm stuck spinning and cajoling and it usually seems to "unlock" on its own but I think it's just a matter of time until I'm the one stuck.

I tried finding a magic bullet solution for this elsewhere on this forum but it's not coming up easily, if this question has already been asked/answered I'd appreciate a point-out.

The Culprit (not mine, stock image. Mine is stuck in the tank...):



Thanks in advance-
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:42 AM   #2
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I tied a tow rope through the handle on mine and yanked the top section off the thread, The threaded part then came out ridiculously easy. I was miles from home with no fuel so had no choice.
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:30 AM   #3
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Before you yank the cap apart stick a wooden dowel about 12 inches long through the flip up handle and pull up with both hands as you unscrew the cap. That usually works. When you reinstall the cap, don't turn it until it clicks, only turn it till it touches the gasket surface.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:29 PM   #4
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if you drain out the tank. then drill a small hole thought the top part then you can put a screw driver down the hole and lock both parts together (my fuel cap is like that and i unlock mine by putting a allen key down the hole)

or pop off the top part take less then 2mins with a screwdriver.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:55 PM   #5
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FWIW, this is nothing like a /6 as the thread title asserts.
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:18 PM   #6
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I've used a belt or piece of rope through the gas cap handle, pulling upwards and tapping the handle with a soft hammer or large screw driver handle in the direction to undo. It worked a few times.

Check where the threaded outer part of the cap connects with the handle part. It is 'peened' in place. The peening can be increased to lock the parts together as they should be.
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:27 PM   #7
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Buy a new cap?

Really why not drill and pin it.
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Old 10-27-2012, 04:35 AM   #8
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Buy a new cap?

Really why not drill and pin it.
in the UK the new caps cost in the high hundreds
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:15 AM   #9
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German Ebay $100 bucks will get a very good second hand cap. Plus maybe 50 dollars postage. ouch.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:07 AM   #10
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Check thi out:

http://www.largiader.com/articles/gascap/

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Old 10-27-2012, 06:18 AM   #11
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Once you've pulled the thing apart, line these holes up.

Stick something in there that keeps the two pieces together in that position. They won't spin anymore.

Don't lock it. If someone wants to steal fuel, they'll do it via the hoses.
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Excellent link - thanks Joe.
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:03 PM   #13
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Once you've pulled the thing apart, line these holes up.

Stick something in there that keeps the two pieces together in that position. They won't spin anymore.

Don't lock it. If someone wants to steal fuel, they'll do it via the hoses.
I know I always thought the locking gascap was a bit overthought anyway.

Thanks for the pic and tips.

And thanks to everyone who chimed in.

After Frankenstorm passes I'll dig into it see what I can come up with.
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:07 PM   #14
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Eh?

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Don't lock it.
BTW I haven't been locking it. Locks on its own.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:16 AM   #15
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BTW I haven't been locking it. Locks on its own.
my 2rd hand fuel cap locked it self on a run and only found out when i went to full up the bike. it took less then 1 min to pop of the top part with a screwdriver and then open it by hand.
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