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Old 04-02-2006, 11:46 AM   #1
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KLR 650 aftermarket gas tank

I am going to replace my stock gas tank with one of the after market tanks, probably from IMS. I noticed that there are two types; one with air vents that includes the gas cap for around $125 and comes in several colors including red, and the one that Dual Star has. The IMS military tank from Dual Star doesn't have any air vents for the radiator and it uses a different gas cap that is unique to the tank. Togethor tank and cap cost around $170. I was wondering if any of you out there in computerland have experience with either tank and what other differences there might be. I was also wondering if any one has seen tank in red plastic and how close is the color to the 05/06 red that the klr has. As always ....thanks for any help, sugestions, observations, ect
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Old 04-02-2006, 12:02 PM   #2
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Dunno!

Can't offer much but one of the red tanks looks very close in a picture that I found at KLR650.net...


This might help...



What about lining inside the tanks? Wasn't that an option at some point?

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Old 04-02-2006, 01:20 PM   #3
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Where did you find one for $125 ?
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Old 04-02-2006, 02:03 PM   #4
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I found it at Arrowhead Motorsports for $130 (not $125).........As far as lining the tank, what do you mean?
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Old 04-02-2006, 02:14 PM   #5
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I found it at Arrowhead Motorsports for $130 (not $125).........As far as lining the tank, what do you mean?
Really starting to doubt my memory on this...

It is a well known fact that gasoline leeches through the IMS tank. It is harmless but it will make decals, stickers and paint bubble.

I thought I recalled them offering a tank with some sort of coating inside that stopped the bubbling.

Maybe it's no longer an option or maybe it was a figment of my imagination...

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Old 04-02-2006, 02:31 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info. I was unable to open your pictures. How did the tank look?
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Old 04-02-2006, 02:42 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info. I was unable to open your pictures. How did the tank look?
It looks pretty good! Not an exact match but a bit more natural looking than the black.

PM your e-mail and I'll send the pic to you.

My apologies if the pics are dead to everyone,

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Old 04-02-2006, 02:48 PM   #8
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I found it at Arrowhead Motorsports for $130 (not $125).........As far as lining the tank, what do you mean?
Arrowhead is $230 not $130
Dual-Star is $235 plus $35 for the cap so thats $270 not $170

you get a special discount or something???
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Old 04-02-2006, 03:13 PM   #9
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Gang, I just went through this last week myself. I called Dual Star ready to order a tank and was told that they are out of stock and not allowed to sell any more at this time. The military needs all the military-spec tanks they can get, so IMS can not sell any on the civilian market at this time. The guy I spoke with at Dual Star hoped they might be allowed to sell some more in a couple of months, and he took down my email address with the promise they'd email me if/when they become available again.

Being the impatient sort, I then ordered a civilian tank from Fred at Arrowhead.

The tanks with the molded-in vents are the newer design (for both the civilian and military versions). Anyone selling tanks with solid wings is selling older stock. The military apparently wanted better airflow through the radiator than what the solid wings would allow, hence the change. The vented wings are supposed to slightly improve the strength of those areas as well.

Oh, and the military tank does take a special gas cap that is NOT available from anyone else but Dual Star. It's a different size and thread pitch than anything else out there.
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Old 04-02-2006, 05:06 PM   #10
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Sorry about my confused state of mind on the price of the tanks.....those were the numbers I was giving my wife...
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Old 04-02-2006, 05:19 PM   #11
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Old 04-02-2006, 07:55 PM   #12
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Ganshert,
Do you think that your fairing project will fit the IMS tank? I'm in for one if it does.. By the way, what type of foam is it that you are using? Is it rigid or flexible? I might try something on my own when I have some time.
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Old 04-02-2006, 08:23 PM   #13
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I went through 5 KLR tanks from IMS, the all leaked around the threaded inserts. I fixed one myself and used it for a year or two.

BUT also, the plastic IMS uses is much too soft for such a large tank. I put a hole in mine falling over one time. Acerbis is much better quality, but they don't make an KLR tank.

I gave up and bought a steel one for the Rally Twin. At least it's crashable. The weight savings of the plastic tank is minimal and the capacity is the same so there is really no advantage, and lots of disadvantages.
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Old 04-02-2006, 08:33 PM   #14
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What's the difference between the military and the civilian tanks?
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Old 04-02-2006, 11:08 PM   #15
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The differences I've been told of between the civilian and military models are that the military model uses a different cap and it is made from slightly thicker material, reducing the overall capacity by a smidge. Oh, and it only comes in OD green.
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