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post #1 of 16 Old 02-06-2013, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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IMS tank painting

Well, Since I got the IMS tank, I was immediately unsatisfied with the less than perfect welds, molding, imperfections, etc. I liked the idea of the extra fuel and the protection it provided for the the radiator but it was UGLY!
All the info was, "Nope, can't paint an IMS tank, paint won't stick, stickers won't even stick." Wasn't sure why so I did some research. Most plastic tanks "breathe" hydrocarbons that don't allow for painting and such. OK, how about sealing the tank. Lots of sealers out there but they all say won't work with Polyethylene, Hmm. What is the IMS tank made of anyway? Yep. Polyethylene. XLPE, to be exact, cross linked polyethylene. Caswell has a nice looking 2 part epoxy sealer, oops. Won't stick to Polyethylene.
I finally came across a sealer that the manufacturer wasn't sue if it would work or not but thought it would. I found some blogs that some guys had used it and it worked great but I didn't know if their tanks were XLPE.
Long story short (too late) I ordered some and after a lengthy prep process I sloshed it around and let it cure. Seems to have dried to a flexible, strong bond, time will tell.
IMS tank is not ugly anymore! I have a bit of wet sanding the clear and some polishing to do but that is going to wait a month or so to see if she holds up...[IMG][IMG][/IMG][/IMG]
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Looks great.
What color did it start out as?

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I have to agree with you. I bought a KLR with an IMS tank and it was ugly. But form follows function in my case. My sons rode that bike the most and it saw the dirt a few times.

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I've got the 10 gallon IMS for the second generation KLR and did the same research hoping to add a little panel of yellow or white to the tank. I gave up knowing my bike will be in the dirt and rocks (literally) so "pretty" wasn't an option nor a reasonable pursuit. I AM curious to see how well TechSpec panels are going stay on the knee panels.
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I ride dirt more than street, hence the 606's. Still like it to turn heads on the way to the trail.... The IMS is great for protection, no real need for crash bars. I have hit pretty hard on a few downs and tank never even moved... Paint is easy to fix!
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I ride dirt more than street, hence the 606's. Still like it to turn heads on the way to the trail.... The IMS is great for protection, no real need for crash bars. I have hit pretty hard on a few downs and tank never even moved... Paint is easy to fix!
Well, your bike looks great! Does the IMS tank for first generation KLR's have the bar to protect the radiator? If so, I agree that there's no reason for crash bars; these bikes are heavy enough! One other reason I've given up on painting my IMS is that I occasionally use a tank back off road and the slightest amount of dirt abrades the tank like a wire brush. I'm just going to remain ugly.
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I just cyber-stalked you to see where you live, Redding?!? As in the Northernmost In-n-Out Burger location?!? I'm hoping to put a ride together via dirt JUST to roll into Redding for its most important landmark this summer! It would be great to get to meet a fellow dirty KLR rider!
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Right on... Let me know when you are coming and we can do a day ride or 2. I grew up in Omak, WA, if ya know where that is...
I am not sure how the Gen2 tanks attach but the gen ones have 4 angle tab mounts, the IMS uses those. Seems pretty tough though, haven't moved it yet! Here is a couple of pics from the top of Shasta Bally. It is above Whiskeytown Lake. The lake is a t 1200 ft. and the top is 6300 ft. and it is just a few miles ride. What a view!!


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I could post this somewhere eise but since we are on the subject of rides around here.... This is the stagecoach road from French Gulch to Lewiston that they used to haul ore out of Shasta county on, now it is just a fun, bad ass ride!! This is the end segment and we end up at the Plug & Jug in Lewiston...
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