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Leaking gas on top of left cylindar head

Changed the seal ariund fuel pump that leads into the tank but is still leaking on top of left cylinder head and running down side of bike
dosent do it if the bike has a gallon or less in it what could it be?

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You may have a seam leaking on the tank it self, you need to get someone to pressure test the tank for cracks, some kawasakis had recalls on leaking fuel tanks not sure if the meanie was one of them but i know some of the vn1500's drifters i believe had these issues. check with your local dealer or the kawi website about the recall, it might be a seal but most likely a leaking tank seam.

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