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Fitting a fuel pump w/o dropping the tank!

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How easy is it to replace the fuel tank w/o dropping the tank by going at it from above.

How much work is involved in removing the seats and gaining access???
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Hi mate,

Did it this way myself sort of, you have to drop the prop shaft down, and let the tank drop slightly (Rich W's site made it sound so easy removing it) but my tank would not drop off the rear mounts.

The biggest problem doing it this way, is disconnecting the small balance pipe, and removing the pump itself, as its got a welded pipe around 10" long on top, if that makes sense??

Seat out and remove two metal covers about 2 mins, rest of the job isn't that bad, just a bit fiddly if your use to twirling some spanners I'd give it ago, did mine myself, but as said the tank has to drop down.

Cheers Paul
Yes all seems about right so far, also, as forgot in original post, my fuel lines were just push fit connectors at one side of the tank, as Rich says prop is 4 bolts, and i just disconnected one of its hanger bearings nearest the tank. All in, I would think 3 - 4 hours is reasonable.

One problem I had was that I accidentally cut through the balance pipe after trying to remove it through the seat base holes,(6mm reinforced petrol pipe required) as this was quite awkward, as you just cant see, but this may be due to the RS diff as mentioned, in which case it should be easy for you :D

BTW two other things you might be doing already, I(after running til fuel light comes on emptied the rest of the tank via the two bolts on the botton of each section, and don't forget the pump is in the passenger side of the tank, never realised or read that before removing the wrong bit :blush: .

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