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Old 09-01-2010, 08:57 PM   #286
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A new project has slowed the progress of the install...



But I'm back on track.

I just got the tank back from a graphics shop. They got pretty close to what I had imagined.





The next step is putting on the fittings, then starting on the bike....
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:28 AM   #287
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I got the Hyperpro progressive springs and the Touratech 20mm bar risers installed during the annual service as it wasn't much more than the service itself.

I would certainly suggest the upgrade in the springs. I've noticed better handling in the corners, no extreme "dive" when applying the front brake, and better control over rough/rocky terrain.

I looked at the Bitubo system, but I heard some had issues with them leaking, or failing. I guess, like anything, there are good ones, or bad ones, but I'm happy so far just going with the progressive springs.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:14 AM   #288
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Anyone need to sell their panels?

We are on the hunt for 2 sets of 800GS panels to mod our 650 bikes...if any of you guys who have added the TT tank have your 800 panels left behind and want to sell them....please PM me....we need to 2 complete sets....thanks!
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Old 09-18-2010, 06:08 PM   #289
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Do you still have the grey magnesium side panels ?

I am interested in your grey side panels if you still have them. I was side swipped on the freeway by some stoner with no insurance and am looking to find at least the right side if not both. Also, how is your fuel range with the touratech gas tank conversion ? Do you know if all 9.5 gallons are usable ? Someone at BMW had told me the last gallon or so at the bottom of the auxillary fuel tank does not drain into the main tank ?
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Old 09-19-2010, 12:21 AM   #290
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Has anyone here installed the tank themselves? I just picked one up at TT Seattle last week and started to put it in last night night. The TT instructions are terrible and the pics are very grainy.

I don't know if my tank is thicker than it should be but the supplied M6x20mm counter sunk bolts used for pinching the main tank bulkhead fittings are too short to even get the nuts started. By the time everything is stacked together, the end of the bolt is flush with the washer. There isn't even 1/2 a thread sticking out. New longer bolts will be cheap but I'm seriously annoyed that I need to go buy hardware after spending $1400 on this tank kit!

Anyone else have this issue?
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Old 09-19-2010, 07:51 PM   #291
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When I installed my tank the screws you speak of were shorter than I wanted. I understand they must not be too long due to the sealed nut. My shortest screw of the four allowed about three threads before it was tight. I used blue loctite and let it cure overnight before testing for leaks. I didn't want these screws loosening during use. 8000 miles with the tank and no issues.

I suggest getting the longer screws, but trim them so the inner nut doesn't bottom out before the bulkhead plates are tensioned on the tank (about three to five threads). I am assuming you were very careful in following the hole location instructions for the tank. Improper location of the hardware might put you into the curved and thicker inner surface of the OEM tank.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:21 AM   #292
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I am interested in your grey side panels if you still have them. I was side swipped on the freeway by some stoner with no insurance and am looking to find at least the right side if not both. Also, how is your fuel range with the touratech gas tank conversion ? Do you know if all 9.5 gallons are usable ? Someone at BMW had told me the last gallon or so at the bottom of the auxillary fuel tank does not drain into the main tank ?
Check your inbox, I sent you a PM.

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Old 09-20-2010, 03:34 PM   #293
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When I installed my tank the screws you speak of were shorter than I wanted. I understand they must not be too long due to the sealed nut. My shortest screw of the four allowed about three threads before it was tight. I used blue loctite and let it cure overnight before testing for leaks. I didn't want these screws loosening during use. 8000 miles with the tank and no issues.

I suggest getting the longer screws, but trim them so the inner nut doesn't bottom out before the bulkhead plates are tensioned on the tank (about three to five threads). I am assuming you were very careful in following the hole location instructions for the tank. Improper location of the hardware might put you into the curved and thicker inner surface of the OEM tank.
Yeah the holes were drilled exactly where the instructions said they should be. There is a bit of a curve in my tank at that location (slight) so my tank must be a goofy casting. I picked up same 25mm stainless bolts today and will cut them down a hair before installing.
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Old 09-20-2010, 06:57 PM   #294
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Excellent, have fun with the kit
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:35 PM   #295
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Done, finally.









Has anyone figured out a tank bag that will work with this tank?
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:28 AM   #296
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Done, finally.









Has anyone figured out a tank bag that will work with this tank?
I'm planning to try to adapt my Aerostitch tank panniers. I think it's possible, but will be ugly and might present an air flow problem. Ugly I'm OK with.
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Old 10-04-2010, 01:38 PM   #297
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That looks great! I assume your issue with the tank connector plate was resolved. Enjoy the extended range. I do every time I go riding.

Very nice paint work
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Old 10-04-2010, 01:59 PM   #298
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That looks great! I assume your issue with the tank connector plate was resolved. Enjoy the extended range. I do every time I go riding.

Very nice paint work
Yeah I just found longer bolts. I installed everything, let it sit over night and came back to find a large puddle of gas under the bike. I re-torqued the bulkhead plate bolts and got 3/4 of a turn out of them, strange. It hasn't leaked since. I'm still not sure how the tank compressed that much over night

Bill:

Make sure you post up with the side bags went you get them mounted. I was at an outdoor store today looking for a small backpack that I can strap on up there. I was hoping the flexible body of the pack would easily wrap around the goofy upper tank shape. I had no luck.
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:27 PM   #299
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Originally Posted by cobblecrazy
A new project has slowed the progress of the install...



But I'm back on track.

I just got the tank back from a graphics shop. They got pretty close to what I had imagined.





The next step is putting on the fittings, then starting on the bike....
Awesome!
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:28 PM   #300
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Done, finally.









Has anyone figured out a tank bag that will work with this tank?
Also very awesome! I'm truly jealous of the two bikes above!
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