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Installing gas cap 31 Aug 2021 14:27 #854659

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I've been trying all morning to install the gas cap on a new tank on my Z1. The latch part makes no sense to me whatsoever.  I figured out one leg of the spring has to go in the groove in the latch but with no instructions It's really hard to figure out.  I've tried putting the spring in both ways and when I'm finally done struggling with it, the pin is going through the spring and it seems to be in place but there's no spring action on the lever. I'm sure someone's run into this problem.  Usually in situations like this after struggling long enough it usually works itself out but I just recently threw my hands in the air and gave up. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  
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Installing gas cap 31 Aug 2021 14:54 #854660

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So.... yeah, I figured it out.  You have to put one leg of the spring in the groove in the latch, then you have to bend the other leg around so the spring's compressed.  So I did that, still quite the juggling act, had a small nail in one side and as I was pulling it out I lowered the latch so the holes lined up and was sliding the pin in from the other side.... and ZING.... yeah, the spring took off across the garage and landed in the worst possible place I could imagine it landing in, a total black hole for small parts.  UGGGGGGH!!!  Kind of funny actually.  I really should have anticipated this. Anyway, I could spend the rest of my life looking for that spring but will dedicate about an hour to it and unless a miracle happens will have to order a new one, if in fact they are even available.
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Installing gas cap 31 Aug 2021 15:11 #854662

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Try using a magnet to find the spring.
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Installing gas cap 31 Aug 2021 16:31 #854665

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Last I saw of it, it was heading towards a place that had two big boxes full of junk and about a million nooks and crannies outside the boxes. I just spent an hour looking and I don't think I could find it if my life depended on it.  So I guess I have to either find a replacement or make one. 

 
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Installing gas cap 31 Aug 2021 17:23 #854668

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You will trip over it as your walking back into the garage after picking up the new one from the mail box. Happens all the time to me. 

Appears to be a separate part. www.partzilla.com/product/kawasaki/51053...94080b52969d3847fdf8

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Installing gas cap 31 Aug 2021 18:38 #854670

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You will trip over it as your walking back into the garage after picking up the new one from the mail box. Happens all the time to me. 

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Installing gas cap 31 Aug 2021 20:26 #854672

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That little bugger can go sproiiiiing anywhere. 
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Installing gas cap 07 Sep 2021 16:34 #854973

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You will trip over it as your walking back into the garage after picking up the new one from the mail box. Happens all the time to me. 

Appears to be a separate part. www.partzilla.com/product/kawasaki/51053...94080b52969d3847fdf8

NOS Genuine Kawasaki H1 H2 KH 500 S1 S2 S3 Z1 900 Fuel Cap Spring OEM 51053-003
Buy It Now
 

Yeah probably will but thanks for the part number. Ebay had one for 4 bucks.  Wasn't worth 4 bucks tearing the garage apart looking for it. 
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