Which off road tank?

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  • Glen_T

Posted June 27, 2001 - 11:41 AM


Are any of you using an off road tank? I have a cracked stock tank, and I don't really want to buy another yamaha tank so it can split again. I'm thinking about the smallest capacity IMS, Acerbis, etc. desert tank, but I don't want anything wider than the stock yz unit. Any suggestions? Comments? Pro's or Con's. :)

  • Hick

Posted June 27, 2001 - 05:52 PM


Suggestions: Some have had problems with this model, and they are more expensive, but the IMS Ty Davis model isn’t much wider than the stock YZ tank, if at all. BUT it doesn’t clear high headers and some have had problems with the speed nuts that the petcocks attach to coming loose, plus it looks like it must block more airflow to the radiators than the other models. Of course, Davis does run the thing on his 426...

The std. IMS tank isn’t too much wider than a stock YZ tank, and is cheaper than the Davis model. I ran an opaque one on my ’00 for over a year with no problems. Only one petcock, on right side of bike, plenty of room for high PC header.

I just bought an Acerbis, two petcocks but looks slimmer than the std. IMS.

I would say that about takes care of your dez tank options except for Clarke, I don’t have any firsthand info on those. But all four are 3.2 to 3.4 gallons, and all but the Davis are bulkier, wider and taller than the stock tank, but it isn’t a large difference. I don’t really notice any advantage to riding my ’01 with the stock tank still on there vs. my ’00 with the IMS.

BTW those opaque tanks look like crap after a while. I normally am not into aesthetics, but I couldn’t bear to bolt that horrible looking thing onto my new scooter so I spent $200 on a white Acerbis.

Wanna buy a used, horrible looking IMS dez tank?

Didn’t think so...

  • sirhk

Posted June 28, 2001 - 05:58 AM


Alright hick. What's horrible looking and would it fit a 99'YZ400? I've got the yellow hurricane kit and would be putting the stickers on over the tank. Obviously they won't cover the whole thing but they should cover a majority of it. Let me know and how much $ are you hoping for? I don't even know what they run new as I have just recently decided that I'll purchase on eventually.

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  • Hick

Posted June 28, 2001 - 03:24 PM


Originally posted by sirhk:
Alright hick. What's horrible looking and would it fit a 99'YZ400? I've got the yellow hurricane kit and would be putting the stickers on over the tank.

It looks awful because it is stained various shades of brown almost everywhere. The problem with sticking graphics on it is they were designed to fit that little stock tank, so they won’t cover the whole thing and what’s more don’t line up too well above or below the shrouds. Graphics with extensions for going around the filler tube, like the Hurricane, in my experience need to be trimmed to fit a dez tank.

I’ve had new TJ graphics for my scooter for a long time but was never motivated to slap them on that ugly tank.

Anyway it is an opaque IMS std. dez tank, probably retails for $175, I’d say mine is worth maybe fifty bucks. I don’t think you would want to put it on your bike, ugly is a relative term, and if I think it is ugly it must be pretty darn ugly.

OTOH it will make your bike look like a veteran off-road bike. Just add some numbers and run through some mesquite bushes to scratch up the plastic and you will have a true Team Hick replica race bike.

On a related note, I just mocked up my new Acerbis tank and I wouldn’t run a PC header with that thing (may also apply to WB & FMF headers), the right petcock hangs pretty low and may touch those “high” headers. Having said that, it is a beautiful tank and is noticeably slimmer than the std. IMS, but I haven’t ridden it yet.

  • Bob_Heald

Posted June 29, 2001 - 01:24 AM


I'd buy your tank for $50 if Khris decides he doesn't want it.. I don't care what it looks like as long as it doesn't leak...

If you really want to sell it let me know.. thanks!

  • sirhk

Posted June 29, 2001 - 05:08 AM


Honestly hick. I'll take it for $50. I rarely ride trails that are long enough to require a desert tank. But occasionally I do and I need to borrow a tank or something. Just to make sure, it will fit a 99' YZ400 and I can use my stock seat and graphics. The tank won't normally be on there and honestly my bike is starting to look kinda ratty anyways from my knee braces. Email me at kkading@newport.com and we can arrange a deal. What part of the country are you in?

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  • sirhk

Posted June 29, 2001 - 06:55 AM


Actually, You know what. I'm going to back out of this. I'm sure I'll kick myself in the butt for not buying it but I'm already tight on money and I think I'll wait and spend the money later. I'm sure this isn't the last time I'll be able to find a deal on one!! Thanks for the offer, sorry to inconvienence you!

"What's that?"
"It's a Yellow 99' YZ400!!"

  • Bob_Heald

Posted June 29, 2001 - 07:43 AM


Well, if Khris doesn't want it, I really do... email me at heald@dextershoe.com if you really want to sell.. I'm in the same situation as Khris - I rarely need a large tank, but I'd like to have one for the times that I want to go on a long ride... Thanks!

  • Bob_Heald

Posted July 05, 2001 - 03:51 AM


I mistyped my e-mail address... its healdb@dextershoe.com. If still want to sell your tank, please let me know.. thanks!

  • wpattison

Posted July 09, 2001 - 04:51 PM



i've used the ims and i've raced with guys who have used the clarke. to cut to the chase, i now use the acerbis, and so do all my buddies. get the picture? better engineering, higher quality, just as narrow, same price, and the ability to mount a dry break if you ever want to. very nice product.

will pattison
racer, engineer

  • Glen_T

Posted July 09, 2001 - 07:34 PM


Thanks Will,

I was waiting for your reply. I know Acerbis to be high quality, but it seems I always read about IMS or Clarke and I know someone who has had trouble with the Ty Davis tank. Thanks for the info. Acerbis it is.


  • emcdan

Posted July 10, 2001 - 05:00 AM


How much does the Acerbis run for the tank? I've posted that I need a tank but no replies. I know that the Clarke tank comes 3.3 gal. size in Wht, Blk, Blu, Yel, or the Natural for $155.

  • wpattison

Posted July 10, 2001 - 08:11 AM


mmmm...ok, i guess the acerbis is a bit more at around $200, but i'd pay it (did, actually) because the fit, finish, and engineering is so much better.


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