Charcoal canister removal complete. Test ride a success. Now all I need to do is put the side covers on and gas tank bolts back in place! I now realize that I never even needed to remove the gas tank bolts to complete the task... Doesn't matter now, I need to reinstall the gas tank bolts.
Long story short, I managed to cross-thread both bolts & holes at the front of the tank. I now realize that I should have installed the rear bolts first, then the front bolts. Too late!
I picked up an Irwin 6.0 - 1.0 tap bit and T- handle at the local Ace Hardware. Am I about to make a mistake by attempting to re-cut the threaded holes in the frame with the tap or should I buy a "thread-restorer" kit and use that instead? I don't think I completely ruined the threads but cannot replace the new bolts without addressing the threaded holes first. What a PITA.