******************** NOTE: If you don’t see the pictures, my bandwidth has been exceeded. Sorry! Try again later... ******************** Howdy! Here’s some detail on a tank brace for the large Acerbis and IMS tanks. It’s ridiculously simple to make... My friend came up with the design. It’s just 3/8” gaspipe with a flat cap on one end. For now, we are just using adhesive and a zip tie to attach it to the frame for testing, but we may make a flat bracket for a permanent solution. We used longer tank bolts and they protrude through the radiator bracket and prevent the gaspipe from falling. I wasn’t happy with the vibration factor, so I found a set of rubber table leg caps that fit the gaspipe snugly. I figure that a couple of washers between the gaspipe and the rubber cap will finish the modification. The washers will prevent the gaspipe from cookie cutting the rubber caps and the caps will hold the washers in place against the gaspipe. Also, if the hole in the washers is close to the size of the tank bolts it will stabilize the mount better. I’ll try to update this thread with a picture of the finished installation. I was amazed to find that the stock mud deflectors fit right over the brace without having to cut them and the installation looks very clean. With the braces installed, the rigidity of the tank is amazing! I have heard from several riders that the large tanks (Acerbis and IMS) really protect the radiators IF the lower radiator mount is braced. I checked out the braces available and didn’t like the commercial one and all the other fabricated designs looked difficult to make and install. They all required cutting the mud deflector also. This one is remarkably simple and cheap! Oh, BTW, I went with the IMS 7 gal tank because I got a great deal off eBay, brand new for $175. This mount will work with either the Acerbis 6 gallon tank or the IMS 7 gallon tank. I know the tank looks huge but the plan is to only run 3 to 4 gallons of gas while on the dirt. This will place the gas weight lower on the bike! I’ll add extra gas to get me to the trailhead as needed. On those long runs where gas is unavailable, this tank will let me carry 6.5 to 7 gallons of gas without having to tie spare bottles to me or the bike. This is what the IMS tank looks like installed on the BRP. Here you can see how the brace blends into the style of the bike and is almost invisible! I also installed the Baja Design Dualsport kit. I had to get an extra brake light switch for the front brake, due to Massachusetts’s requirements. I didn’t like the rear directionals so I picked up a set of XR650L signals and mounted them to the taillight bracket. This moved them aft, out of the way of luggage and also moved them inboard and less likely to be damaged by a fall. I also think it looks a heck of a lot cleaner this way. I didn’t like the newer kits so I picked up a classic kit off eBay for $255. It was actually for the XR400. I like the fact that the battery is under the seat and not sitting on the triple clamps. I also wanted the taillight up on top of the fender where it’s out of way of the tire and will also help to secure luggage on top of the fender and help to keep it from sliding off the back. I did fabricate a subframe extension out of aluminum, but I may go with the SRC extension and luggage rack later. I also installed the Kouba Link to lower the bike a tad so I can flatfoot it better and also so I don’t need to use the sidestand to start it. I talked to several people that have done long-range trips on the BRP and they mentioned that vibration was a problem along with the comfort of the seat. I plan to mount a comfortable aftermarket seat (researching that now) and add some vibration isolation to the handlebars and pegs. I want to get the Scotts SUB mount but I want to use the rubber mount from the CRF450. Since no one makes this, I’ll have to fabricate something. I did get a set of CRF405 triple clamps of eBay cheap so I can make some measurements. Oh, I also went with a right peg modification which hopefully will prevent having the right peg fall off the bike at an inopportune time. It seemed like a lot of money at first, but after seeing it and installing it, I love it. Cheap insurance and great piece of mind! (Thanks Kris!) I got the natural finish peg post and painted it to match the frame and tank brace. Other things... I have some DOT Kenda K270’s coming for the safety inspection. I have to finish plumbing the tank and silver tape the bottom. I have a BD oil sight tube ready to install. I need to get a chain and sprockets too. BTW! What size sprockets do you use? I also want to fabricate a chain guard as I have heard that will GREATLY increase the life of a chain by keeping the mud off it. And, as an experiment, I picked up a Manual Motorcycle Chain Lubrication System from LoobMan, which is also *suppose to* greatly increase the chain life. Still waiting for installation is a set Larry Roeseler series 35mm Progressive Suspension forks. PN#11-1519. Anyone know anything about these??? Another big-ticket item I’m getting ready to order is a speedometer that is also a tachometer and temperature gauge. Well, all I can say is it’s a damn good thing I only paid $2,000 for the bike because it’s turning into a rolling money pit... Tom D.