Gas tank cracks
Posted August 11, 2003 - 10:15 AM
Posted August 12, 2003 - 05:00 AM
I do not ride MX tracks.
Posted August 12, 2003 - 06:00 PM
There was a post awhile ago about a 426 that completely torched on the trail. Don't think the guy ever figured out why. Maybe his tank cracked.
Thanks for the warning.
Posted August 12, 2003 - 06:28 PM
Posted August 13, 2003 - 04:56 AM
The cracks are all along the bottom and front part of the tank. There is a pile of 03 YZ and WR tanks at my local dealership all with cracks in them.
Would it be possible for you to get a picture of a 03 WR450 tank that is cracked? I would like to see the general location of some of the cracks so I'll know what to look for.
I had my tank off last night and inspected it thoroughly and didn't see any cracking on mine.
Posted August 13, 2003 - 05:20 AM
Posted August 13, 2003 - 06:37 AM
Posted August 13, 2003 - 04:14 PM
Some of the cracks are around the bolts but the majority of them are no where near any stress points on the tank.
I ordered an IMS tank instead of purchasing a new factory tank. I do not want to go through this again, it was scary enough the first time riding back to camp leaving a trail of gas and soaking my boots in gas.
Posted August 13, 2003 - 04:24 PM
Posted August 14, 2003 - 12:47 PM
Posted August 14, 2003 - 12:51 PM
Posted August 14, 2003 - 04:04 PM
Here's a picture of his cracked tank. The seat is not rock solid, and bends under your weight over bumps. If you're riding forward, all that weight is distributed to the gas tank, causing it to bend. The gas tank ain't supposed to bend much, so it cracks instead.
Just keep an eye out for cracks in your tank and remember that plastic tanks are NOT REPAIRABLE, no matter how much plastiweld someone tells you to use.
Posted August 14, 2003 - 05:50 PM
Posted August 14, 2003 - 06:59 PM
The ones in the blue tank look like they're from squeezing the tank with your knees.
Just my .02....
Posted August 14, 2003 - 07:48 PM
I didn't read that part until just now. My motorcycle lighting on fire underneath me and the events which followed were the scariest times of my entire life. Once gas goes it goes fast and it doesn't stop until all you have left is a charred frame and a front tire. And when it happens to light your gas-soaked boots on fire they'll be too hot to take off.
...it was scary enough the first time riding back to camp leaving a trail of gas and soaking my boots in gas.
Perhaps my experience left me a bit of a fanatic on this point, but I do not plan on ever stepping down from this soapbox:
When your bike starts leaking (1) shut it off (2) walk it home. There's no reason this could happen to me and not to you.
Okay... the preaching is over for now...