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Old 09-07-2012, 01:02 PM   #121
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2012 f800gs with 8600+. noticed crack on gas cap side starting after Alaska trip... One guy said it was a recall at the dealership, the other said it wasn't but it happens. Things like this make me second guess my choice...does the 1200 have these problems?
the 1200 has other problems. don't worry the f800gs is a great bike. But since we are experiencing a new theory, did you use the ethanol 10 thing?
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:18 PM   #122
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the 1200 has other problems. don't worry the f800gs is a great bike. But since we are experiencing a new theory, did you use the ethanol 10 thing?
Pretty much all gas stations in my area have the ethanol added. But every chance I got on the way to Alaska I would get the nothing added good stuff. The crack is small at this point, but the length of the right side. Could octane rating be an issue?

I ask because it takes more heat to ignite a higher octane fuel meaning it won't expand as much as the lower octane fuels less than 89 in the fuel tank. Does that make sence?

TFB43 screwed with this post 09-07-2012 at 01:30 PM Reason: adding information on reason for fuel expansion.
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Old 09-07-2012, 04:10 PM   #123
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Took the bike in and had a new tank installed. The replacement number is 16-11-7-704-799. We will see how this one does.

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Old 09-07-2012, 04:21 PM   #124
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:03 AM   #125
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Took the bike in and had a new tank installed. The replacement number is 16-11-7-704-799. We will see how this one does.

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Thanks for posting Stacy!
Mine was replaced under warranty last fall and that is the same P/N that was listed on my work order.
Now, a year later, my new tank has a small crack ~ 3/4" long on one side.
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:55 PM   #126
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AFAIK there is no formal "recall" on the tank, but a cracked tank gets replaced under warranty as a"regular" defective part. I've not heard of any owner getting any pushback on the issue.

In a properly working system I would not expect the octane rating to play a roll in the cracking because the tank has a special 2-way vent valve that limits pressure build-up to a certain pressure (2.2 PSI?) and then vents it. ...
but that's just an opinion
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:47 PM   #127
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my warranty expires at the end of the month... good thing i noticed the cracking 2009 tank with just 2 weeks to go (it's the original.. bike has 8500 miles)

odd the service tech wasn't familiar with the problem when i called to make the appointment..
i guess that's Standard Response #1: "Never seen THAT before"

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Old 09-13-2012, 05:01 PM   #128
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Stupid question?

How does one know if you have a cracked fuel tank. The obvious would be a severe loss in fuel economy but are there obvious visual signs? Mine is 2 years old and I am wondering if I should ask for this before my warranty expires?
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Old 09-13-2012, 05:26 PM   #129
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How does one know if you have a cracked fuel tank. The obvious would be a severe loss in fuel economy but are there obvious visual signs? Mine is 2 years old and I am wondering if I should ask for this before my warranty expires?
of course there visual signs: just look at the posts of this thread with the pictures or even other threads that have been posted in this forum. You'll recognize it once it happens:

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Yep, cracked, and being replaced under warranty.
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:54 PM   #130
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Pissed 2012 Tank cracking

Just noticed yesterday that my 2012 Trophy has a crack on both sides of the fuel tank. Not what you want to see on your new bike that you've only had for 800 miles! Dealer has already ordered a replacement.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:31 PM   #131
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Add my 2011 with 12k miles to the list. Wife's 2012 is safe so far [knocks on wood].
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:19 AM   #132
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Its seems that even the new F700GS are not immune to cracking tanks so they can't have got to the root of the problem yet

http://f800riders.org/forum/showthre...e-on-my-F700GS
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:39 PM   #133
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2013s are not immune

I have a three month old 2013 with 2500 miles on it. It hasn’t even seen a good pot hole yet let alone a dirt road. My tank is cracked down the entire left side. Whatever BMW has done to remedy this five-design-year-problem isn’t working. It’ll go into the dealer next week for a replacement under warranty but then what? Repeat problems are apparently not that uncommon and BMW’s redesign is apparently no better than the designs on the ‘09s, 10s, 11s, and 12s. You just can’t keep replacing poorly designed tanks with new poorly designed tanks until the warranty runs out and then say oh well consumer you're screwed so sorry.
Honestly I love to ride this bike but for the rest of my ownership I’ll always have that nagging concern in the back of my mind of “when will the new tank start to crack”. HEY BMW IF YOU’RE LISTENING, HOW ABOUT LIVING UP TO ALL YOUR WIZ-BANG ENGINEERING, QUALITY DESIGN AND BUILD HYPE, AND YOUR PRICE TAG, AND MAKING THIS RIGHT ONCE AND FOR ALL.
When Toyota starts making bikes I’ll buy one. This is my second GS and unless something really changes in Bavaria, likely my last BMW.
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:36 AM   #134
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Do you have some pics?
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:30 AM   #135
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My tank is 3 years old and has been thru hell and back. No cracks.
I think it is a quality issue with the mold process. If you overheat the plastic to flow faster into the die to speed production you can get brittle failures. Just check out zip tys - you can get a batch of over cooked ones that snap anytime you flex them gently.
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