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Old 06-11-2013, 10:15 PM   #46
markjenn
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All you guys out there who have the 400s and installed the Clarke tank, would you please tell me if there's any fitting or adjustment that needs to be made to install this tank on the bike?
May have issues with some aftermarket seats getting all the slots to work. With stock seat, the seat pan is flexible enough that you can bend things to fit.

May have issues with choke button fouling tank in full choke position. Generally solvable by grinding off a portion of the choke knob.

Fuel line typically requires some trimming.

Safety wire catch on front of tank is a bit tricky to fit - most leave it off.

That's all I've heard about.

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Old 02-13-2014, 02:50 PM   #47
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Clarke tank fits poorly in several ways

I've spent some time this winter preparing a DRZ400S for offroad riding in the Rocky Mountains this summer. I've done quite a few things to the intake, carb, suspension, and controls with ZERO trouble. Every item had excellent instructions and went into place smoothly and worked as expected.
The Clarke tank was the first disappointment. The opening for the petcock had to be worked extensively to even insert the fuel pickup. The threaded holes for the petcock bolts were too close together. The tank had to be forced forward just to get the fasteners in place. Finally, it raises the front of the seat so much the cover hangs loosely in the middle, and the seat bolts are very difficult to line up.
I'll roll it out as soon as the snow melts and check for leaks. Until then I'll have my fingers crossed that this thing isn't any more trouble.
Yes, I need the added capacity, but if I could do it over I'd try another brand, NOT Clarke.
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:08 PM   #48
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The Clarke tank was the first disappointment. The opening for the petcock had to be worked extensively to even insert the fuel pickup. The threaded holes for the petcock bolts were too close together. The tank had to be forced forward just to get the fasteners in place. Finally, it raises the front of the seat so much the cover hangs loosely in the middle, and the seat bolts are very difficult to line up.
Some extra bending of the seat and fiddling with the mounting is more/less par for the course with any aftermarket fuel tank (which tends to go away with time as the seat acquires a new "set"), but this is the first I've heard of any difficulties with the petcock bolt spacing being incorrect. If you're sure the issue is with the tank (is the petcock stock?), I'd return the tank as this is definitely not normal.

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Old 02-13-2014, 11:07 PM   #49
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I just installed a Clarke 3.9.

Had the same issue as the poster above regarding the hole for the fuel pickup not being large enough. Just had to tweak it a little, then it went in.

Other than that, no issues.

I fit some Unibiker rad guards under there and everything mounted with very little fidgeting.
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