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Old 12-26-2012, 04:40 PM   #50596
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Has anyone ever made an aluminum fuel tank with ktm radiator shrouds and a flatter seat? I'm thinking of making a new tank for the big red pig and I have some left over ktm parts from my race bike. Any thoughts?

I'm not trying to chrome plate a turd. It will only be putt around local stuff , no 500 mile rides . I'm just thinking narrow the tank and improve the seat to tank area. I'm thinking it will make it look 20 years newer.
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:49 PM   #50597
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Has anyone ever made an aluminum fuel tank with ktm radiator shrouds and a flatter seat? I'm thinking of making a new tank for the big red pig and I have some left over ktm parts from my race bike. Any thoughts?

I'm not trying to chrome plate a turd. It will only be putt around local stuff , no 500 mile rides . I'm just thinking narrow the tank and improve the seat to tank area. I'm thinking it will make it look 20 years newer.

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Old 12-26-2012, 07:23 PM   #50598
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stock radiator shrouds from an 04 - 05 CRF450R will fit on that aloop tank. gives the bike an even sharper look

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Old 12-26-2012, 07:58 PM   #50599
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Check out this link....

http://www.supermotojunkie.com/showt...F-tank-shrouds

CRF plastics with a stock tank.... .

Hmmmmm...



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Old 12-26-2012, 08:07 PM   #50600
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heres one of the first aloop kits back in the day. i was told i had the first kit and they needed feedback on how it fit my 89 xr600.i put my own graphics on it off a cr model.
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:28 PM   #50601
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Has anyone installed Trackside grip heaters? I got some as a gift for Christmas and was wondering if I could install them on the stock throttle tube. Cyclegear also doesn't have the wattage draw on their web page.
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:35 PM   #50602
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:43 PM   #50603
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Has anyone ever made an aluminum fuel tank with ktm radiator shrouds and a flatter seat? I'm thinking of making a new tank for the big red pig and I have some left over ktm parts from my race bike. Any thoughts?

I'm not trying to chrome plate a turd. It will only be putt around local stuff , no 500 mile rides . I'm just thinking narrow the tank and improve the seat to tank area. I'm thinking it will make it look 20 years newer.
A couple of things to think about as you sort through this... To get the seat flatter at the front, you have to make it taller in the rear (what A-Loop did). This then makes the already tall saddle height unreasonable for most sub 6'5" riders. The problem is that the frame head is really tall. If you try to get the top of the tank down any lower, you'd end up with essentially two saddle bag tanks. I guess you could do like Harley does and make two separate half tanks and hang one off each side of the frame with a petcock on each (watch... the next big thing... we'll all have to have a set)

Radiator shrouds... I dont understand the desire to hang radiator shrouds off of an air cooled bike. The stock elephant ears are silly looking, but with the plastic liner things inside of them, they do a decent job of funneling air over the head. A set of CRF (or KTM... pick a brand) radiator shrouds sit higher on the bike and probably will do little to channel air over the head. I dont get it. Maybe I am just getting old and crotchety.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:56 PM   #50604
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...Maybe I am just getting old and crotchety.
Either that, or you are getting older, and wiser. I think the Acerbis Valdez (5.8-gallon fuel tank) looks better than radiator shrouds, and also holds a lot more fuel. However, I don't think the Acerbis Valdez does anything to help engine cooling. My Clarke, 4.7-gallon fuel tank is the perfect size for me.



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Old 12-27-2012, 02:40 AM   #50605
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Thumbs down A 2 gallon tank? WTF?

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I got all excited seeing this A-Loop pic, but when I went to their site, the tank they give you in the kit above is only 2 gallons??? Thats ridiculous for a 650 dual sport...that would make my riding range completely useless....plus they were talking about how the kit would help turn your xrl into a real MX weapon???
I think A-Loop is slightly confused about the xrl's mission statement.

If they could do that look with a 4 gallon tank (or bigger for some folks), I'd be ordering a kit right now.
Too bad A-Loop
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:15 AM   #50606
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Check out this link....

http://www.supermotojunkie.com/showt...F-tank-shrouds

CRF plastics with a stock tank.... .

Hmmmmm...



Beautiful bike but I would need help getting on & off for sure
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:23 AM   #50607
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As Mentioned Before!

Run a low front fender for better cooling. Acerbis Fast Front Fender. Build a couple of taller brackets to get it up over the tire an 11/2 inch or so. Leaves the head in the breeze for best cooling. Don't need no stinking elephant ears.
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:06 AM   #50608
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I like my Acerbis 5.8. Almost the same look and ability to carry enough fuel for everyone!

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Old 12-27-2012, 07:17 AM   #50609
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I like my Acerbis 5.8. Almost the same look and ability to carry enough fuel for everyone!

Because of you Steve I put a spit fire windscreen on my bike. Made a world of difference when riding in the winter. Needless to say it does not look bad and is a good fit.

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Old 12-27-2012, 07:21 AM   #50610
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Because of you Steve I put a spit fire windscreen on my bike. Made a world of difference when riding in the winter. Needless to say it does not look bad and is a good fit.

Kurt
Cool! This was my second trip to Colorado and I didn't have it the first time. We are are notorious for getting lost and ending up 150-200 miles from the house at 4pm and have to slab it back. That windscreen made all of the difference in the world and I actually don't mind the looks of it either.
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