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post #1 of 5 Old 08-12-2007, 06:34 AM Thread Starter
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Fuel tanks

Whats the down side (If any) of the large capacity poly fuel tanks? are they delicate if you drop the bike? I read that they tend to leech fuel , don't like the sound of that very much, are they street legal ? the military ones are sold as street legal in California, surely that makes them kosher everywhere. no? Is venting an issue? any opinions out there I'd be grateful to hear them before I shell out. Thanks Steve.
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-12-2007, 12:36 PM
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I don't think the civilian tanks are DOT legal, but I have never heard of anyone having a problem because of it. The tanks are said to "leach" fuel but it not something you would ever see or smell, but any stickers that you put on the tank would fall off because of it, unless they were heavy duty perforated vinyl. Mounting the tank is pretty straight forward, just be prepared to take your time doing it the first time and be ready to "solve the riddle" of the included brackets. The instructions really suck and it helps to just step back, have a sit down, and think about it for a few minutes.

The tank itself is as tough as nails and I don't think you would have any durability issues to worry about. It's probably three times tougher than the stocker, holds more fuel, and is a little lighter too. At least as compared with the same amount of fuel in each tank. There is no doubt that the IMS is heavier when full of fuel.

The only venting issue that I know of is if you have a tankbag that closes off the vent line coming out of the cap. I put a 90 degree fitting on my cap and attached the vent hose to that and have had no issues. I am running a Wolfman Explorer Light tankbag and it works very well on the IMS tank.

Hope this helps you out.
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-12-2007, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks a lot Buddy I think IMS is the way I'll go . Steve
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-12-2007, 04:01 PM
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Do you know if the IMS tank will fit a 2008 model? I have a very small ding in my tank that was there from day 1. Its hardly noticeable, but in certain light you can see it. I'm thinking that metal is not a practical material on dual sports!
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-12-2007, 04:56 PM
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No. The current IMS tank will not fit your 08. It has been reported that the tank will hit the corner of the radiator before it fully seats into place and there are some issues with the mounting points not quite lining up on the new bikes. Supposedly IMS is working on this and will be coming out with a new or restyled tank to fit the 08 sometime in the near future.
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