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post #11 of 34 Old 05-18-2020, 02:44 AM
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I went with a 6.6gal on mine after trying the 10gal for a number of months. Just too much of a headache and nothing fits it (crash bars in particular)
Are crash bars necessary/desirable with an IMS tank installed?

Just curious (not in the current market for such a tank; have HT crash bars/engine protector/highway pegs). Helped a South African rider "build" a Generation 2 KLR650 for his projected 2-year, 50,000-mile ride (he reported as, "Riding Through The Americas," on ADV). We filled him up, pointed him south, and slapped him on the flank. He "ran out of gas" on his first leg (somehow drained one side of the tank; couldn't get the remainder over to the petcock side, I guess).

DISCLAIMER: No criticism intended IMS tanks; anecdote merely shows "operator error" can run dry even a 10-gallon tank.

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I went with a 6.6gal on mine after trying the 10gal for a number of months. Just too much of a headache and nothing fits it (crash bars in particular)
https://www.dirtracks.com/collection...ngine-crashbar
These bars fit mine, even with the super-beefy skid plate and the price was right, but if I decide to re-install the 10gal, I think I'll leave the bars off this time.

I liked the lower center of gravity but I'm now a lot less enamored with having that much fuel.

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Are crash bars necessary/desirable with an IMS tank installed?
Sounds like no. Gonna try it without if I put this tank back on. This thing's a freakin' moose anyway, what with all the pannier racks, bar risers, drop pegs, center stand, upper/lower dash, Ram mount etc. etc. it'll be nice to lose the bars.

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Helped a South African rider "build" a Generation 2 KLR650 for his projected 2-year, 50,000-mile ride (he reported as, "Riding Through The Americas," on ADV). We filled him up, pointed him south, and slapped him on the flank. He "ran out of gas" on his first leg (somehow drained one side of the tank; couldn't get the remainder over to the petcock side, I guess).
LOL, nice.
On a couple of occasions, I filled up with 9.9-some gallons, but again: I'm seeing more and more potential for back-country failure, so unless there's a fairly easy salvage for this tank, it's going away.

Hoping to hear something from IMS this week.

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Thanks Uncle Dick - I'm thinking if there's any hope for this tank it'll involve plastic welding—especially for those fasteners at the filler neck.
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post #15 of 34 Old 05-19-2020, 03:40 PM
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Yeah, lighter is better for the most part. I know the 6.6 IMS does a pretty good job protecting the rad and I've added a JNS rad guard to mine which is a very nice (and light) pce. .....I've crashed (cough) a "few" (cough) times and it's held up great.

I remember GoMotor saying he didn't think the 10 gallon was that strong....no experience with them myself as almost 7 galls is more than enough for what I do - in fact I seldom fill it all the way up.


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post #16 of 34 Old 05-20-2020, 02:50 AM
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I tipped my klr over on the 10gal a few times and it stood up just fine. I just don't like the idea of using a gas tank as crash protection

Edit: and the dirtracks bars block the use of a kickstarter. I know, I'm picky.
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I tipped my klr over on the 10gal a few times and it stood up just fine. I just don't like the idea of using a gas tank as crash protection
Fair enough.....*I* don't like picking up a 450lb bike on the trail all the time.....so no extra porkage for me.

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Hoping to hear something from IMS this week.
Yeah, no.

Luckily, the bike came with the stock tank as a spare. Although I tried, I'm glad I wasn't able to give that thing away :-D

If anybody wants the IMS hardware, filler neck for stock cap, bungs, fasteners, bracketry and customized radiator screen, send me a PM. If you think you can do something with the tank you can have that too. Shipping might be a chunk.
I just rebuilt the vacuum pump and it'll come with a spare diaphragm kit.

Make an offer via PM if interested.

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Did IMS say something or did they not respond?

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