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Old 04-17-2007, 10:25 PM   #46
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I can't tell from the pics but do you have to use the stock petcocks in the rear locations? If so I guess you have about 100 miles to go when the fuel light comes on.
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Old 04-18-2007, 07:07 AM   #47
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Will the new tank do a good job of protecting the radiators??

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Old 04-18-2007, 05:02 PM   #48
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I can't tell from the pics but do you have to use the stock petcocks in the rear locations? If so I guess you have about 100 miles to go when the fuel light comes on.
The stock petcocks are used just as in the stock tank. The tank is a different shape so I see know way of guessing how many miles you can go after your light comes on---it is definitely going to be different than the stock tank. Someone is going to have to do some testing to know this number. I removed the light on my bike--so I can't do it.
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Old 04-18-2007, 05:04 PM   #49
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Will the new tank do a good job of protecting the radiators??

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The tank extends completely beyond the radiators. I don't see how radiator guards would be of any use.
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Old 04-18-2007, 07:42 PM   #50
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I am not sure if the radiator "Unabiker" guards I have will fit with the tank, but if they do I am gonna use them. I don't ride through brush very often but a stray stick could find its way home knowing my luck. I have the Unabikers installed because I crushed both radiators; I needed side impact protection ... It looks like the tank could easily protect the radiators as long the impact load is spread out or transfered to the frame which is what I am hoping the Unabikers will do...
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Old 04-18-2007, 09:36 PM   #51
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Thanks for the replies BDA and BD

Now to just see if the importer here can land them for less than one and a half times the price of the tank
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Old 04-18-2007, 09:42 PM   #52
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The stock petcocks are used just as in the stock tank. The tank is a different shape so I see know way of guessing how many miles you can go after your light comes on---it is definitely going to be different than the stock tank. Someone is going to have to do some testing to know this number. I removed the light on my bike--so I can't do it.
The low fuel light comes on at about the same time as the stock fuel tank unfortunately. This means that with the 5 gallon tank, it just indicates when you're about 1/2 way through the tank! I'm still trying to think of how to resolve this. I'm thinking there's 3 options:
1. use one lobe for a reserve;
2. cut stock petcock in some fashion so I can put the level indicator lower in the tank;
3. tee-off a clear piece of fuel line from one of the lower petcocks to the vent line to get a visual indication of the fuel level.

Anyone else have ideas?
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Old 04-18-2007, 10:33 PM   #53
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The low fuel light comes on at about the same time as the stock fuel tank unfortunately. This means that with the 5 gallon tank, it just indicates when you're about 1/2 way through the tank! I'm still trying to think of how to resolve this. I'm thinking there's 3 options:
1. use one lobe for a reserve;
2. cut stock petcock in some fashion so I can put the level indicator lower in the tank;
3. tee-off a clear piece of fuel line from one of the lower petcocks to the vent line to get a visual indication of the fuel level.

Anyone else have ideas?
Those of us with Black tanks can use the two additional petcocks as our reserve giving us a 1gal. ; as Bigdog kindly demonstrated...

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I hauled the bike to the gas station this morning and you can see my gallon markings. The front lower wings of the tank almost hold 1 gallon.

I have made one mod to the installation which you can see in the picture above. Between the tank and lower radiator I put a rubber bushing on each side---this stablilized the tank greatly.



Wolfman Enduro Tankbag----No Problemo--the gas cap has no vent---the tank vents from the front like the stock tank did.
You can see that the lower marking (which is one gallon) is right at the point where fuel will break over into the rear of the tank.



Leaving all petcocks open while riding will assure a balanced ride. But you have the option of using the front lobes for 2 reserves if you like.
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Old 04-19-2007, 08:08 AM   #54
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Mama Mia that's a lot of petrol!

Does anyone have pics of the black tank or one of the 4.3 gallon tanks yet?

I am trying to decide which to get.
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Old 04-19-2007, 11:17 AM   #55
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I've got the black 5.0 on the way, I'll post up when it gets here if nobody else has by then.
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Old 04-19-2007, 12:01 PM   #56
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My God, what a mess!


I have never in my life seen such a mess..
everything is stuffed in there and hanging all over the place..

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BTW, the new tank looks great!
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Old 04-19-2007, 04:50 PM   #57
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I have never in my life seen such a mess..
everything is stuffed in there and hanging all over the place..

BigDog:
CLEAN UP YOUR SHOP!!

BTW, the new tank looks great!
I agree Alpiv----it is a mess. My wife tries to clean it up but then I'd never find anything----------there are old Bultaco, Harley, Maico, Hodaka, and DKW parts hidden deep in there somewhere. Whooopss--just gave a way my age
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Old 04-19-2007, 05:47 PM   #58
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I've got the black 5.0 on the way, I'll post up when it gets here if nobody else has by then.
Thanks Larryboy! I'll be curious to see your pics of the black tank too.
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Old 04-19-2007, 06:07 PM   #59
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I agree Alpiv----it is a mess. My wife tries to clean it up but then I'd never find anything-
I feel your pain....

Wife considers picking up as making piles... Then more piles and I can never find anything......
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:51 AM   #60
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Black tank

I have my black tank (they were already out of natural) but am mounting new petcocks in the rear so I can still switch to my stock tank if I want too. (for riding with those silly KTM EXCs with the little tank) I'll post a pic when it's mounted probably this weekend.
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