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Old 11-14-2014, 02:22 PM   #1
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Fuel tank liner for brand new tank?

Recommended or overkill?

Doing a restoration project and needed to source a brand new Emgo bare steel Triumph tank. Welds and fittings look great, but before I spray it, I wanted to hear if anyone has had horror stories from not lining a tank, or horror stories about tank liners that failed and fouled the fuel system. If a liner is ultimately needed, which system is best? Caswell's?

BTW- I live in SoCal where E10 is the norm.

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Yes, I'm photographing the entire resto and will post it all up here in the future
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Old 11-14-2014, 04:29 PM   #2
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Old 11-15-2014, 07:25 AM   #3
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yep Redkote. Be sure to pressure test before coating tank. Saves a large headache. Yes even a new tank.
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Old 11-15-2014, 08:56 AM   #4
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Test it

I agree with anotherguy, make sure you test that new tank.

Any good local radiator shop can actually do what you need done.
Just took a sidecar, custom made 4 gallon gas tank to a guy and it came back bitchin. But the name escapes me of what he used to coat it???? It comes out white. Shop I used pressure tested the tank, hot tanked it, made sure it was spotless, etched it, then did the protective coating.
All this for 100 bucks! Caswells, Por -15 is gonna cost you dependent on size needed 1/2 to three quarters that cost alone plus S$H most likely.

I just did a fiberglass tank with Caswells and it came out super schweet.

You say restoration. At any point was the bike sold new with a coating?

Red Kote is gonna be red, Por - 15 is gonna be silver, Caswells is clear.
Also there is Kreem.

I don't know if any one has pointed this out? The Preparation is everything! If you do it yourself? Follow the instructions to the letter. if you don't, the problems created are a bitch. Not to rag on Norton's, but this is a topic of discussion on most forums that needs attention on many bikes. Just search Norton Gas tank and see what they are saying in forums.

Good Luck!

OH and Follow the instructions to the letter! Cant say it enough!
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Old 11-15-2014, 10:01 AM   #5
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:49 PM   #6
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You could skip the chemical coatings and go with EN (electroless nickel) plating. Take it to a shop and they will do the whole tank insde and out so there is no seam to start lifting or flaking. Easy to pant over on the outside. This is not the same kind of nickel plating that looks like chrome.
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Old 01-18-2015, 02:29 AM   #7
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I do a lot of tanks and this http://www.mcas.com.au/motorcycle-pa...liner-seal-kit
is the one i recommend as it is the most user friendly and is a 2 part epoxy type. Kreem is not too bad either. Just avoid POR 15. That can cause major headaches if you do not know what you are doing, especially in an old tank. That is by far the liner that i have seen fail the most times because people do not know how to properly install it. You can basically consider it non removable so if it starts to blister you are in big trouble. Most other liners can be disolved but if the tank is properly cleaned and the inside evenly coated it will not fail anyway.
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Old 01-18-2015, 08:57 AM   #8
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Done a few tanks, even a fiberglass Norton tank with the Caswell kit and have always had good results.
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Old 01-21-2015, 05:13 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by ooweel View Post
I agree with anotherguy, make sure you test that new tank.

Any good local radiator shop can actually do what you need done.
Just took a sidecar, custom made 4 gallon gas tank to a guy and it came back bitchin. But the name escapes me of what he used to coat it???? It comes out white. Shop I used pressure tested the tank, hot tanked it, made sure it was spotless, etched it, then did the protective coating.
All this for 100 bucks! Caswells, Por -15 is gonna cost you dependent on size needed 1/2 to three quarters that cost alone plus S$H most likely.

I just did a fiberglass tank with Caswells and it came out super schweet.

You say restoration. At any point was the bike sold new with a coating?

Red Kote is gonna be red, Por - 15 is gonna be silver, Caswells is clear.
Also there is Kreem.

I don't know if any one has pointed this out? The Preparation is everything! If you do it yourself? Follow the instructions to the letter. if you don't, the problems created are a bitch. Not to rag on Norton's, but this is a topic of discussion on most forums that needs attention on many bikes. Just search Norton Gas tank and see what they are saying in forums.

Good Luck!

OH and Follow the instructions to the letter! Cant say it enough!
Caswell offers a red version, it's called Dragon's Blood. It's very red.
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