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Old 05-29-2012, 05:06 PM   #1
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Prep for the Safari tanks

I think I have a line on a set of the elusive Safari tanks

In preparation for the installation of the tanks, what do I need to do to my basically stock 2008 990A?

Thanks for your input.
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:56 PM   #2
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Run your tanks dry or drain them. You also might want to have a spare set of fuel pump o-rings handy in case you bugger one or the other when installing the pump in the left side Safari. In a pinch, the yellow teflon tape (NOT WHITE!!!!) works amazingly-well as a DIY o-ring (ask me how I know )

Don't worry about all that extra vent/canister hose you'll have left over. All you need is the one that comes with the tanks... you connect the top of the "tee" to each tank then route the over-flow portion appropriately.

You might also want to check out this thread...

Safari Tank Owners!!!

I ended up making some spacers using M6 washers (and new, longer bolts), then, on the advice of CJ, I also added a couple of fender washers to prevent the washers from pushing the rubber bushing out of the tank in case of a get-off (worked well.. didn't move a CH when the bike went over in slick-ass mud last Thursday!)

It's nice to have some spare fuel line on hand in case you bugger the line connecting your petcocks.

It's also a good idea NOT to fill 'em up until you know you don't have any leaks... having almost 12 gallons of fuel piss all over your garage because of a buggered fuel pump o-ring won't be fun. I ran about a gallon in each till I knew I was good to go.

After you're sorted, go out and enjoy your newly-acquired 400 mile range!
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:02 AM   #3
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It's also a good idea NOT to fill 'em up until you know you don't have any leaks... having almost 12 gallons of fuel piss all over your garage because of a buggered fuel pump o-ring won't be fun. I ran about a gallon in each till I knew I was good to go.

After you're sorted, go out and enjoy your newly-acquired 400 mile range!
Good advice. I get about 330-340 miles. Still beats 160-170.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:41 PM   #4
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So you don't have to do a SAS removal or anything else to put Safaris on?
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:03 PM   #5
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Delete all your gas stations from your gps. Hit 412 miles on my last tank with top box and panniers when the light went on. Tanks weren't even maxed.

Make sure to run your vent line behind you
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:58 PM   #6
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"'Still beats 160-170.'"

You must be heavy on the throttle; or something going on with your bike. My light doesn't usually come on until about 170-180. Been thinking about the safari tanks that's for sure... Feedback when you've completed the install... Photos included.... High fender???
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:14 AM   #7
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I am looking forward to someday contributing to this thread. I ordered my orange tanks in February of this year and I am STILL waiting on them. Geeze.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:33 AM   #8
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The tanks totally rock. It's awesome to be able to decide how far you want to go. Not be 'told' by your bike.
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:12 PM   #9
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I am looking forward to someday contributing to this thread. I ordered my orange tanks in February of this year and I am STILL waiting on them. Geeze.
I thought there was info in one of the threads about them being discontinued and a new design or different type of plastic may be in the works. Maybe some one who knows more will fill in the blanks
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:21 AM   #10
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I am looking forward to someday contributing to this thread. I ordered my orange tanks in February of this year and I am STILL waiting on them. Geeze.
HOLY DINGO SHIT! You're STILL waiting???? I knew the boys from Oz were taking the molds off-line, but I didn't think they'd be down THIS long. Sorry to hear about this.
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:03 PM   #11
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I am looking forward to someday contributing to this thread. I ordered my orange tanks in February of this year and I am STILL waiting on them. Geeze.
Call Francois down at DualSportTouring and see if he knows what's going on. He had mine within 4 weeks from Oz. I had to pay more because I could either spring for shipping or wait until they filled a container and sent them that way, which would have been another month or so. He knows what he's doing.
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Or settle for a black or translucent tank, they are available. I got mine within 3 days of ordering.
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