Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: East Lansing, MI
I'm happy for your attention, I've seen your youtube/website offerings and they've been instrumental in inspiring me to tackle this.
It will be slow going, but I have no deadline and much motivation to do things slow and right.
I was considering the ims 6.6, but these statements from the ims website give me pause:
"Drain your Tank
After every ride, Drain the Fuel from your tank. This will help limit discoloration of the tank by the fuel. Generally you can expect a natural colored tank to adjust its color to whatever color your fuel is. Draining the fuel after you are done riding will slow this process as well as limiting any breakdown damage occurring from the naturally volatile additives and other compounds found in today's fuel.
Ethanol is not your friend
Trace amounts of ethanol can be found in many of today's fuels and ethanol is naturally destructive to plastics and rubbers. Find a fuel source that you feel confident is free of ethanol to prevent early wear on your tank, seals and gaskets."
This breakdown of materials, and somewhat impractical prevention and maintenance issues lead me to questions.
Is this practical for a bike that, when finished, will only find occasional shelter under a tarp? It will ride to lands with varying quality of fuel available and will not be drained unless it has service issues requiring it. So, with solar and fuel exposure high and constant, how long before "breakdown damage" sets in, beyond cosmetic? The stock tank could serve, and I could/will spend the $300-350 quickly on other issues.
The carrying weight lower, radiator protection, easy compensator for crappy plastics benefits aren't lost on me, but I'm still leaning toward stock tank, crash bars, and rad plate for a bit more bulletproof-ness, less maintenance concerns, and more stable mounting points for lights/front panniers/pistol holsters and the like.