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Old 06-26-2009, 08:47 AM   #1
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Anybody use/make a carburetor testing temporary fuel tank?

I'm having the fuel tank to my wife's 250 Ninja restored. (It was rusting inside when we bought it recently.) I just had the carbs cleaned by a friend since they were clogged with rust particles and gum deposits from sitting for eight years. I'd like to make sure the carbs are going to run okay while I wait for the tank to be finished. Has anyone made a temporary fuel tank to hook to the carbs for testing purposes?
BTW - I will be installing an inline fuel filter when all is done.
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Old 06-26-2009, 08:54 AM   #2
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Try to get a small lawnmower gas tank, I got mine from my neighbor.
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:17 PM   #3
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If you want to keep it, use a metal can and solder a small piece of copper tubing to the bottom. I had to fab one up a couple years ago and I just used a 20 oz plastic coke bottle and epoxied an old piece of tubing into the bottom, then tossed it in the trash when I was done.
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:50 PM   #4
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Cleaned engine oil bottles with plastic tubbing worked just fine for me.
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:59 PM   #5
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+1 on snagging a lawnmower tank. People down here put mowers to the curb quite often. I got one of the nice plain rectagular models with a decent bracket attached off of an old edger.

If you want to go one step fancier, go to the local Ace Hardware and add a shutoff valve inline just below the tank hose barb
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Old 06-26-2009, 01:36 PM   #6
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lots of ways to make this - I used a fuel tank from my RC plane - it worked great

Only thing to make sure is that you secure it well before you start the engine - don't just sit it on the seat - the engine vibration can make it spill - last thing you want to do is spill fuel on a hot or running engine
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Old 06-26-2009, 04:06 PM   #7
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There is always the Motion Pro auxiliary tank:

They seem to have about doubled in price the last few years, though.

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Old 06-26-2009, 04:33 PM   #8
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I keep an old wr450 tank around for just those purposes, it, short so it will fit on just about any frame and made of plastic so it won't rust, no fussing around strapping on temporary tanks.
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Old 06-26-2009, 05:38 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by R-A-M-O-N
Cleaned engine oil bottles with plastic tubbing worked just fine for me.
Sorta +1
I have a bulkhead fitting from the hardware store and have used it with a 2 liter soda bottle. Works fine.
But you're using so little gas to just see if the bike runs, simply setting a coil of fuel hose on the platform of a step ladder works great. Stick a funnel in the top end and it doesn't get simpler than that! Make sure it won't fall and spill. Yes, btdt.
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Old 06-27-2009, 06:24 AM   #10
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metal tank off an old honda stationary engine/lawmmower with a fuel tap , hose & inline filter.
then mount to a old floodlight tripod stand for gravity feed is what i use.

the other side of the stand i hang my carbtune.

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Old 06-30-2009, 12:19 AM   #11
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Drill a hole in the cap of a soda bottle, insert some clear tubing thats a little thicker than the hole you drilled so it holds via friction and seals. Or you can use a ziptie to keep it from sliding out.

Take a coat hanger and make it straight while leaving the hook on the opposite side of the hose, tape it to the bottle, hang it up. Done.

Contrary to popular belief gas will not eat through most soda bottles. Just check with the "gas stations" south of the border. Those people use soda bottles to store their fuel and they reuse the same bottle for years.

Or cheap skate method, use an oil funnel with a thin enough end to shove into the carbs fuel line or an oil funnel with a vinyl hose. They also make ones with a closeable top.
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Old 06-30-2009, 05:38 AM   #12
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Whatever container you use gas tank or soda bottle will work fine. Use clear fule line and don't sit there watching the fuel level drop down the line and into the carb and then start screwing with it cause it's not running right.
Some things are just to much fun to stop doing.
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Old 06-30-2009, 07:16 AM   #13
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I used to use a 1 gallon plastic gas container. I just drilled out the vent hole large enough to allow a brass nipple to be screwed in so a hose could be fitted. Then I tipped the can onto its back side on the work bench. When finished with it, unscrew the nipple and replace the vent cap and the can is just like normal again. Still have the gas can and use it for the lawnmower fuel, all our bikes are EFI now so I haven't needed it for a bike in a while.
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Old 06-30-2009, 07:41 AM   #14
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You're only limited by your imagination. If you go to the "Show u your man castle" thread, you'll see a pic of my garage. Along the right wall, near a stack of tires, you'll see what looks like a coolant reservoir hanging from an adjustable height stand. What that is, is, well, it's a coolant reservoir hanging from an adjustable height stand. I salvaged it from a pile of junk parts at a dealer. The stand it just some thing I got from a store that was going out if business, it was an adjustable sign. Nice thing about the coolant bottle is that it has a hose fitting on the bottom, and it also has one up high on the filler neck used as an over flow. That works as my vent. The adjustable stand is nice because I can raise it all the way up and still have it above carb level on a bike lifted all the way up on my lift.

Be creative. This is one shop tool you can have for very, little if any, money.
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Old 06-30-2009, 03:17 PM   #15
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Dont forget the all important after- the-fact Garage sized Fire extinguisher
admitting there is a "machine" in your house that your wife knows how to use and you don't deserves a kick in the balls. Joe
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