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post #1 of 49 Old 02-15-2020, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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IMI Gas Tank and engine guards

Does anyone have engine guards with an IMI gas tank? I know of only one other forum member who has an IMI tank and he does not have guards.

I have an IMI 7 gal tank on my 2008 KLR and would like to also install guards. The original owner has obviously been down off road a few times because the tank is scuffed on the wings. I don't plan to be going down, especially at my age, but one never knows.

These are available on Amazon for $129, as are some others at different prices, but I'm not sure if they will clear my tank.




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post #2 of 49 Old 02-15-2020, 07:29 PM
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Being that the 3rd (rearward) mounting point is at the lower sub-frame mount, the rearward loops might be tucked in too close. But I do Not Know for fact.

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That's what I am thinking but I was hoping someone could prove me wrong.

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My two cents

It was a Gen1, but when I had my 02 and my 07, I installed the IMS tank so that I didn't have to buy other protection and I got the added bonus of a bit more fuel. When I got the Gen2 I have now, I didnt want to pay the big bucks for the IMS that fits, it so I went w the bars.

Sorry but, none of that answers your question.

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It was a Gen1, but when I had my 02 and my 07, I installed the IMS tank so that I didn't have to buy other protection and I got the added bonus of a bit more fuel. When I got the Gen2 I have now, I didnt want to pay the big bucks for the IMS that fits, it so I went w the bars.

Sorry but, none of that answers your question.

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Well actually you've been very helpful. (I also realized I've been calling it IMI rather than IMS.

You've told me that the tank is very sturdy and doesn't require bars and that's good to know. I suspected so since mine has some scuff marks on the wings so it's obviously been down a few times with no damage.

The money I save not buying engine guards will be sude for some soft bag mounts.

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post #6 of 49 Old 02-18-2020, 10:30 AM
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Well actually you've been very helpful. (I also realized I've been calling it IMI rather than IMS.

You've told me that the tank is very sturdy and doesn't require bars and that's good to know. I suspected so since mine has some scuff marks on the wings so it's obviously been down a few times with no damage.

The money I save not buying engine guards will be sude for some soft bag mounts.

Thanks much
I have a IMS 10 gallon fuel tank on my 2008 and it's huge and if you fill it up completely it makes the bike very top heavy. I have the black tank and it looks awesome in my opinion and yes it is very pricy over $ 500.00 but if you shop, around you will and can find it for less. I will say it was a bitch to install for the instruction sheet from IMS sucks big time and a lot of trial and error in the install. I have dropped my bike twice while off roading and the tank held up well BUT it is scratched up. Hope this helps.

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Assuming you have the IMS 6.6 (takes a bit of work to install one on a Gen2), then yes, they are very robust and I run them to avoid the use of heavy crash bars. I do also use and recommend JNS's rad guard as well....the combination of both pces has proven to be very light and strong and I'm very pleased. https://www.jnsengineering.com/produ...adiator-guard/

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post #8 of 49 Old 02-18-2020, 12:56 PM
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yup, ims on gen 2 doesn't fit worth a crap. i even called them to complain. they really didn't seem to care. here is some of the fitment issues



fix: high temp silicone sheets



fan bracket needs total refab too. front ims mounts do absolutely nothing. only thing holding my tank on is the back frame mount. weird mounts for bolting front of side panels is a joke too. i use tye wraps now.

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https://www.souperdoo.com/STUFF%20TH...emi-round-hole

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Wow! That difference in opinion/experience between Maverick 96100 DPelletier is significant. I'll have to go out to check my 6.6 gal tank fitment in the morning. It seem to fit just fine and there is a guard over the radiator, all of which were installed by the original owner.

I'll take a couple of pics tomorrow morning an post them.

I received this from IMS in response to my query about a crossover tube.

" Does your tank that you have on your KLR have some lift pumps or fittings on the bottom of each wing? The 6.6g tank doesn’t have any lift pumps or ways to transfer the fuel from one side to the other or to the pump in the center. Only the 10g tank that we offer will use those kind of lift pumps internally. The best way to get your fuel from one side to the other on the 6.6g tank would be just the old school way of leaning it over to that side. Sorry again for the delayed reply, but let me know if there’s anything else I can help with."

As the gent I bought my KLR from and others on the forum have suggested, I'm going to have to learn to drop my KLR over on it's dide to transfer fuel, which I'm finding is common for all tanks such as mine.
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Wow! That difference in opinion/experience between Maverick 96100 DPelletier is significant. I'll have to go out to check my 6.6 gal tank fitment in the morning. It seem to fit just fine and there is a guard over the radiator, all of which were installed by the original owner.
The reason for the difference is that I own Gen1 KLR's. fitment of a 6.6 on a Gen2 takes much more effort - reading material courtesy of Tom: https://www.souperdoo.com/stuff%20th...emi-round-hole

good news is that someone already did the heavy lifting for you. I look forward to your pictures


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