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Hi, I have a 97 ZX-6R. A little background here: lately my bike has been getting harder and harder to start and get going. Every once in awhile I would have to hold the starter down for about two seconds rather than just the click of a button. Also I have been having trouble getting the bike not to die on me as I am releasing the clutch to leave. Then one day I was about to leave and I let the bike warm up for about five minutes and it then died. I tried starting the bike again but then it wouldn't start. After a few hours I tried and again and it did start. The bike died on me after letting it sit warming up for awhil. I tried starting the bike again and it wouldn't start.

I talked to some guys I know and they suggested I check the sparkplugs for a spark, dirty air filter, and the carb or fuel line. I tried to look at those items and I couldnt take the fuel line off that goes from the tank to the petcock. The fuel line seems to be stuck on the petcock. It is like the end of the line was heated up and shrunk onto the petcock. Is there a good way to take this fuel line off or will I have to cut it? If I cut it, where can I buy a new one?

Also, do you guys have any other ideas what the problem might be or how to troubleshoot it? I was told it might also be a vacuum line problem?
 

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Check carbs, battery R/R etc... That line will come off, but it takes a little work. Try pressing a screwdriver into the end while pulling with the other hand. Eventually with enough finesse it will come off. I've also used a pair of pliers to grab the hose around the petcock just enough to lightly grip the hose and turn it back and forth a few mm's.Then it will come right off. You have to remember that it's been on there presumably for years so it has seated itself pretty good. Just take it easy and it will come off.
 

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Check carbs, battery R/R etc... That line will come off, but it takes a little work. Try pressing a screwdriver into the end while pulling with the other hand. Eventually with enough finesse it will come off. I've also used a pair of pliers to grab the hose around the petcock just enough to lightly grip the hose and turn it back and forth a few mm's.Then it will come right off. You have to remember that it's been on there presumably for years so it has seated itself pretty good. Just take it easy and it will come off.
There is three lines coming off the petcock, two on the left and one on the right. I have a Kawasaki manual for the bike and it said that the one line on the right is the one that goes to the tank. If I was trying to take off the tank do you know if that is the fuel line I take off to remove the tank?
 

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If it is indeed connected to the tank, then yes it needs to be removed. Trace the hoses manually and see where they go.
 
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