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Old 02-21-2009, 09:53 PM   #1
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The "Tanker Brace"...XR650R - Acerbis Sahara/Clark Tank Brace and Radiator Guard

The "Tanker Brace" is a brace/guard designed for XR650R's that are running a Acerbis Sahara Desert Tank (Also works great with the Clark, IMS, and OEM tanks). (DRZ/IMS guards are in the works also). After installing a Sahara onto my XRR I found a few problems with the lower braces that are supplied with the tanks. I designed/built the Tanker Brace to solve these problems. After building one for myself a few other people wanted them so I decided to produce some for sale.

* First I found the Sahara tank will flex inward quite a bit when full, enough that it contacted/rubbed my radiator and KTM fan that I had installed. The Tanker Brace adds a small amount of pre-load (you pull the tank outward a bit to slide the brace in) that keeps the tank from rubbing the radiators/fan setups when full. Check the inside of your Sahara tank, you might find that yours has been rubbing the radiators also.

* I didn't feel that the provided Acerbis lower braces would provide enough protection for the radiators in a crash. The Sahara tank itself adds a good amount of radiator protection since it covers the sides of the radiators, but I've read where the tank can still flex enough to damage the radiators in a crash. The Tanker Brace ties both sides of the tank together and then into the upper motor mount that the Acerbis mounts used. Even if you crash hard enough to bend the Tanker Brace the extra space cushion between the tank and radiators provided by the pre-load of the Tanker Brace should keep the radiators damage free.

* I installed Unabiker radiator guards on my XRR. (This was the step that started the Tanker Brace build) After installing the guards I found that the Acerbis lower braces wouldn't fit any more with the Unabikers installed. The Tanker Brace allows the Unabikers to be used with the Sahara tank. (I believe the Sahara/Tanker Brace combo will protect the radiators sufficiently without need for extra radiator braces.....ie. Unabikers ect)

The Tanker Brace is fully TIG welded and parts are CNC cut. The braces come painted satin black with a fine textured finish . They are pre-threaded to accept the factory Acerbis hardware.

** Makes swapping between tanks a quick job as the tanks line up every time!, if you've dealt with the stock Acerbis lower brackets you know how flimsy they are and how they don't want to line up correctly.**

Cost: $60 + $10 shipping (Cont USA). PM me for payment details if you are interested in a brace.

Thanks.



Just out of the Jig.




Here's a shot of the Tanker Brace installed on my XRR. You can see how it attaches into the front engine bolt and both sides of the tank.




Side Shot




Left Side View





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Old 02-21-2009, 10:31 PM   #2
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Right on. Are the sheetmetal parts laser or water-jet cut, or hand-cut? Just wondering...
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Old 02-21-2009, 10:48 PM   #3
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Right on. Are the sheetmetal parts laser or water-jet cut, or hand-cut? Just wondering...
The whole assy is hand built. I built the first one and got it just where I want it, then I built a jig so I can replicate them the exact same each time. I made a couple other small jig/tools to get the cuts and bends in the flat bar ect.

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Old 02-22-2009, 01:11 AM   #4
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If you want to give me me some dimensions or drawings, I'll create some simple CAD drawings for you so that you can have those parts laser cut. You'd be able to put those braces together a lot quicker...
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Old 02-22-2009, 03:46 AM   #5
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Hodakaguy

For a short run of items, which this probably will be, my guess would be that the way you are doing it is the best, most cost affective way.

Good luck, it looks like that you have made a nice product for others to use.

I must say, I have followed your posts, and you seem to enjoy your XR650R, and riding it, and improving the BRP.

I see from some of you photos that you ride near Finley, across the river from Wallula.
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Old 02-22-2009, 06:54 AM   #6
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For a short run of items, which this probably will be, my guess would be that the way you are doing it is the best, most cost affective way.

Good luck, it looks like that you have made a nice product for others to use.

I must say, I have followed your posts, and you seem to enjoy your XR650R, and riding it, and improving the BRP.

I see from some of you photos that you ride near Finley, across the river from Wallula.
Yeah I figured that I would make a small batch of them and see how they sell, if they sell I'll make another small batch. I also figure it will be a limited market. Jesusgatos....Thanks for the offer, if I was doing a bunch of them I would defiantly take you up on your offer.

Yeah we ride out in hover quite a bit, just out past Fintucky. You must have spent some time around here.

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Old 09-16-2009, 09:12 PM   #7
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Tanker brace

Hi Hodakaguy,
Thanks for reply on Brace, definately want one from you!!
I'm up at 100 Mile House, B.C. So if you could e-mail me how much it will cost with postage and how I can pay, that would be Great. My e-mail is jeffsemtex@hotmail.com

Thanks again.... Jeff.
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Old 10-12-2009, 03:21 PM   #8
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wtb "Tanker Brace"

Hi Hodakaguy,

Just wanted to make sure i was on the list for the next batch of "Tanker Brace"

Thanks,
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Old 11-20-2009, 04:19 PM   #9
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Yep

Yeah me too.
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Old 11-22-2009, 01:53 PM   #10
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me three

actually I'm first I think cause Ive been asking for a little while already. Its winter so I dont really need one, but I do want one real bad like.
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:28 PM   #11
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New batch is done. PM's on the way to all those who have been waiting. Sorry for the delay in getting this batch completed.

Thanks for your patients...

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Old 04-23-2011, 09:09 AM   #12
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Frickin awesome

Purchased on Sunday, shipped on Monday morning, received on Thursday......installed that afternoon in about 10 min. Tested it Friday afternoon. Absolutely awesome product, excellent build quality and top service.
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:18 PM   #13
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The brace works great with the Acerbis, Clark and stock tanks . I switch back and forth depending on length of ride and fuel availability!

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Old 07-16-2012, 02:04 PM   #14
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I'd like one too! Anyone got one for sale?
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:59 PM   #15
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Hey guys, sorry for the delay in posting here. I'm still making the braces but I'm out right now. I just started another batch though . Been swamped with other projects and haven't been following the threads real close lately. I'll try and get the next batch finished up soon and will post up here as soon as they are ready.

Sorry for the delay.

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