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You will need to follow the steps in the link below to remove the seats before removing the tank.

http://www.hondarebelforum.com/showthread.php?p=7535#post7535

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Once you have the seats removed



First turn the gas to the OFF position on the petcock. See below.



Next slide the retaining clip on the fuel line away from the petcock. See below.



Next slide the fuel line off the outlet. be aware thet some gas will drain from the hose. See below.



Next remove the 12mm bolt holding the rear of the tank in place. See below.



Next remove the 10mm bolts on either side of the tank in front. See below.



Now you can remove the tank from the bike.



To remount the tank, reverse the process.
 

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is it easier to drain the tank once it is off the bike?
It's best to drain the tank while it's on. But opinions may vary. Use a pair of pliers to squeeze the hose clamp open at the carb and pull the hose off. Then you can open the petcock (I assumed it was closed to begin with) and drain the fuel into an appropriate container.
 

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Thanks for the instructions, I easily removed the gas tank.
However when I went to paint it, i was cleaning it on its side, and some fuel began to leak from the cap. The petcock is off, no problems there and the cap is locked but it still leaks. Should there be some sort of seal that is missing?
 

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No, your '85 vents through the cap.

If you wish to paint, you need to drain the tank of fuel first.
Just hook up a line, turn it to reserve and let it drain in to a gas can.
 

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The classic Rebel have vented gas caps so if turned on it's side or upside down they will probably leak.
 

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It's hard to get all the gas out through the petcock. If you aren't going to remove it to paint the tank, use an old rag on a string to remove all the gas. Use a long screwdriver or ruler to get it where the gas is. The string will keep it from getting away from you.
 

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You can, just be careful to not tip the tank over and run gas over your new paint.
 

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Say' sorry to steal this thread but just please one question,,

Does the 2005 have a vented cap ??
 

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No only the classics have a vented cap.
 
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