Coolant Resevoir Tank Remove/install - GL1800Riders
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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-26-2016, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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Coolant Resevoir Tank Remove/install

How hard is it to replace the Coolant Resevoir Tank? What is involved? The Service Manual doesn't mention how to replace it. I damaged mine taking it off a trailer that I was gonna borrow for a long mileage (short time) trip. I don't see any leaks but it is hanging low and dented. I have ordered another one.

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I believe there is only one screw which holds the tank in place. It's easy to see, so that part is easy. The difficulty is that there are two hoses that connect to the top side of the reservoir tank and Honda has cut the hoses a little too short. Can be pretty darn frustrating trying to reconnect those rascals. Some guys use long needle nose pliers with a bend in them.

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The coolant change procedure in Fred Harmon's videos shows you how to remove the reservoir. Perhaps you can find someone locally who has the set.
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Coolant Tank

I just drained my radiator and dropped the coolant tank, and replaced the coolant.
Done it several times now, and believe me........if I can do it, ANYBODY can do it! It ain't that difficult!
One bolt holds the tank on, and 2 hoses are connected to the tank. Like someone else said, the hoses are a little short but use a needle nose pliers, and you'll be o.k.!
When you're all done, invest in a belly pan, saves a lot of things down low in the engine bay (including the coolant tank) from getting beat up!

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On a scale of one to ten; one being inserting the ignition key and 10 being engine/tranny rebuild, I would give this one a 2. Would rate lower if Ya didna have to get down on floor.

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I just replaced my coolant today, and the hoses where probably the most difficult part of the procedure, but it wasn't that hard.

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Side note. Be sure you bump rear suspension setting to the max before loading or unloading off the trailer. It might help. But the belly pan will protect it for sure.
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Thanks everyone! I thought it should be fairly easy, but just checking with more experienced folks than me. It is my first 1800.

I will remember to up the suspension (at 15 right now) and the CFO has budgeted a belly pan along with our very own new 6x12 trailer with the ramp style door.

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I replaced mine today. Not a real easy job but not terrible either. Mine was not leaking but quite banged up and the hose inlet was almost broken. Got a new one (Honda OEM) at Bike Bandit. The hoses on my 2005 were long enough to not be a big headache. One bolt removed, drop tank, remove hoses and replace with new one. Since I had replaced coolant a short time ago, I captured the coolant in a clean bottle and reused it. I purchased the 11 inch Harbor Freight curved needle nose pliers (4 bucks) to assist with this as suggested in other posts. I did not need them however as my hoses had enough play to reach them. The whole job took me almost an hour as I had never done it before. It would be faster next time!

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