equipment to drain gas from bike tanks

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  1. ramjet

    ramjet Long timer

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    Recommendations please for gear to drain gas from tanks. Something of a suitable commercial level not cheapo auto supply. Not sucking on hoses anymore or banging around with self primers in tanks with fuel pumps. Would be great also if it would work for car gas tank to get out emergency fuel. :ear
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  2. GH41

    GH41 Been here awhile

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    What is wrong with sucking a hose? I guess I just got used to the taste of gas. GH
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  3. sgmartz

    sgmartz Been here awhile

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    Take the hose, hold in one hand and with the other stretch the hose out

    Now cover the end of the hose with your thumb, with the other hand fill the hose up with gas, the hose is now primed, keep your thumb on the lower end of the hose and with other put it in the gas tank, now use as a regular siphon, No sucking needed, I use this regularly never a drop spillith
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  4. the_gr8t_waldo

    the_gr8t_waldo Long timer

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    is there such a thing as a commercial grade siphon?
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  5. roger123

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    Get a boat outboard motor squeeze bulb and some rubber hose. I found one at Walmart, but any good auto parts store should have them.
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    Capt_phun Been here awhile

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    That works easy & no gas in the mouth. I used this setup to drain the large gas tank on my old bass boat.
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  7. bikerfish

    bikerfish flyfishandride

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    it's a motorcycle! remove tank, take off cap, turn tank upside down. gas will be removed!
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  8. Paul_B

    Paul_B Been here awhile

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    I remove the line from the petcock and slip another line about 12"-18" long to reach the fuel jug. Then just open the petcock to the reserve position. I find it hard to keep a siphon line in the lowest part of the tank if i do it from the top.
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  9. squish

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    Flipping the tank on modern tanks do not work
    The petcock or fuel rail draining is way too slow.

    There is a battery operated pump with the end on a long straight rigid pipe that easily stays in the gas.
    You can use the pump to prime a siphon or if the tank you are draining into is higher the pump will empty the tank out.

    I don't know the brand off hand.
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  10. num1husker

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    I use this for my boat, motorcycles, jet ski, lawnmower, quads and it works great. Just remove the rubber hose coming from the fuel tank and pump it out. It also works if you want to just stick it in a tank to remove most of the fuel. Pretty inexpensive about $35.00 and I just put a couple of battery clamp ends on it to connect it to the power source. I found after trying other methods this one ended up being much safer in the long run. I think I've had it over 5 years now and it's paid for itself.
    It does around 1 gallon in a little over a minute and with 50 gallons in the bass boat I just transfer right into my truck when I put it away for the winter.



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  11. ramjet

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    Ah. Something I hadn't heard of before. But electric connection-is that going to turn me into some kind of flambe'?
    where do you get the pump?
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    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    num1husker Been here awhile

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    A wet dry electric vacuum, he deserves to be arrested, and maybe a trip to Bellevue would be in order as well.

    "A volunteer Freeport firefighter illegally siphoned gasoline from his fire chief's truck using a wet/dry vacuum, igniting a blaze at the firehouse when the machine tipped over and caught fire, authorities said Tuesday in announcing the firefighter's arrest on an arson charge." Long Island Newsday.
    http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/cops-man-sets-fire-while-stealing-gas-1.4191701?qr=1
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  16. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    The Mr. Gasket pump has worked at our auto shop for a couple of years. Not one toasted marshmallow to date. But, I'm not the kind of dipshit that would hook up the wires right next to the end of fuel line . . .
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    AdventureDave MMMMM Bundy!

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  18. racer1735

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    I use a transfer pump from Harbor Freight. Don't laugh, its inexpensive and does the job. I use it to empty the tank down to a minimal amount, then I'll remove the transfer hose, disconnect one end of the fuel line from the petcock, and drain the remainder of the tank that way (smaller diameter hose takes longer to drain). For fuel injected bikes, drain a bit further with the transfer pump, then start the engine and run the tank dry (I don't do this too often as I don't like the fuel pump running dry).

    As far as the transfer pump, just put a light grease or some oil on the pump shaft. That will keep things lubed and operating properly.

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  20. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    I used that siphon pump from harbor freight to change the oil in 30 generators recently. Works well, didn't spill much. And they are like $5
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