IMS tank sun damage??

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  • elkinthrobber

Posted July 03, 2005 - 03:57 PM


anyone else having sun damage(discolored) to the IMS tank? does the Clarke tank do this as well?

  • Kritter

Posted July 04, 2005 - 08:35 AM


CLarke does it as bad if not worse. Its not from the sun as I keep my bikes in the garage and it does it. Its from the gas/ gas vapor. I notice my bikes with race gas discolor less...not sure if that means anything though.

  • DelTronXR

Posted July 04, 2005 - 09:12 AM


Are you guys talking about the natural color?

  • roadcam

Posted July 04, 2005 - 09:28 AM


my red IMS tank has held its color OK, but its garaged when not ridden, and I hit it with a shot of lemon Pledge now and then .. pretty dull finish to begin with .. :)

  • goblin127

Posted July 04, 2005 - 11:14 AM


My red clark tank still looks the same as when i got it.

  • elkinthrobber

Posted July 05, 2005 - 05:33 AM


yea i'm talking about the nat. color one. i have the clarke on my kx 250 and it hasen't turned color yet but it's kept inside but i have still seen some of them that have. i thought it was the sun but maybe it is the gas that's doing it. well it still looks like crap on my XR....... anyone know what to do?

  • truck6driver

Posted July 05, 2005 - 06:35 AM


I have a white IMS tank on my 94' XR650L. It has discolored over the years from the gas. It has a tan color to the lower 3/4 part of the tank. No cleaning I have ever tried works.


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  • elkinthrobber

Posted July 05, 2005 - 07:20 AM


same here!

  • DelTronXR

Posted July 05, 2005 - 11:54 AM


Yeah I've had the red IMS 3.2 on my bike for just over 2 years now and it's still in perfect shape color wise :)


Posted July 05, 2005 - 09:27 PM


my clarke is also doing the same and so did my ims, its a small price to pay to be able to see your fuel :)

  • Husky_Forever

Posted July 06, 2005 - 04:15 AM


The only way to keep it looking fresh is to drain your fuel after every ride. The fuel turns the natural tanks a dark brownish color. Happens to all tanks, just the neutral shows it the best. Steny :)

  • Kirk Jacinto

Posted July 26, 2005 - 08:41 AM


How well does the tank's Red color match the original Honda red on your XR? I have a 2003 XR400 and wanted to get a lrger tank. However, I want the new tank color to match the fenders well.

  • roadcam

Posted July 26, 2005 - 03:04 PM


a buddy's old 600 has a plastic tank so old, its a deep brown ... he calls it "plastic rust" .... :applause:

  • jws

Posted July 26, 2005 - 07:28 PM


I have a Clarke 4.3 and a IMS 3.2 both are natural and both look like chit :applause:

  • GIANTac1

Posted July 26, 2005 - 08:14 PM


I have a clarke 4.0, red, and it matches my '05 xrl perfectly. It has a nice bright, smooth finish :applause:

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