Add me to the cracked fuel tank list

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by lepoer, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. JRose

    JRose Been here awhile

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    Not likely. Mine is cracked on both sides.
  2. AK650

    AK650 Been here awhile

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    I'm confused..... is the actual fuel tank cracking on these bikes, or is it the tank cover?

    Jeff
  3. JRose

    JRose Been here awhile

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    Cover
  4. Geoffster

    Geoffster Fool - Born This Way

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    Thus the spilled fuel hypothesis is deprecated. That's the way science works!

    Next up: simple fatigue causing material separation. We're considering the cumulative effects of a mass greater than 13 kilos times acceleration supported by an upper bridge and a lower stay.

    Do you ride brutally off-pavement?
  5. JRose

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    My bike is only 4 months out of the showroom, 1000 miles of street beating so far.

    It's obviously just a defect in material or construction. If I had to guess, and this is just a guess, I would say substandard plastics, or that the molding process causes a thin place where the separation is occurring.

    Mine looks like little holes, as if the plastic is actually separating on a seam.
  6. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    I have a poll running here that might indicate that the problem is more common on USA bikes:

    http://f800riders.org/forum/showthread.php/55931-POLL-Has-your-F650GS-F800GS-twin-gas-tank-cracked
  7. duffs

    duffs I have a beard

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    That poll is rather telling... is it possible the ROTW models use a different type of plastic due to some US reg about the material used? Below is the ROTW tank, for some reason I can't access the EPC for US versions of the F800GS to compare, but there must be some differences to accommodate the canister - something that makes it less structurally sound maybe?

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  8. Rider 101

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    A lot of our fuel is now E10 from sugar cane. our local motor racing class, V8 Supercars, comprising of Ford, Holden, Nissan and Mercedes V8's uses E85. It is a mater of time until the junk creeps into our bowsers.

  9. joew_33

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    Hi All, My 2013 F700GS just turned 1 year old and also has a cracked gas tank on the right side. BMW was informed today. All of us need to go to the NHTSA site and file complaints as this is a safety issue. Just go to https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/ and it takes just 2 minutes to fill out the form. This will get the ball rolling toward a real solution from BMW if NHTSA gets wind of this.
  10. Hucker

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    My warranty runs out in November. I just scheduled my replacement next weekend. My wife's F650 is also cracked at the one year mark. Will wait until the warranty is almost up before getting it fixed.

    IMHO, the bigger issue that should be brought to the NHTSA is the stator issue causing rear wheels to lock up (costs $900 USD for just the parts) while in motion...but wouldn't hurt to mention both...:deal
  11. JRWooden

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    While we're on it ...
    The burned headlight reflector does not improve the safety profile of my night-time riding ... :lol3
  12. JRose

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    I filled one out for the tank cracks. Maybe it will help them fix the problem, who knows.
  13. BLUEBMW1

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    Just picked up my 2013 F800GS a month ago, I only have 68 miles on it when I noticed the stress cracks. Reported to the dealer, BMW and the NHTSA. BMW acted like they have not heard of it. The dealer knew exactly what I was talking about.
  14. JRose

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    When it starts costing BMW more to keep replacing then it does to redesign and recall, that's when they will fix it.

    I'm telling my dealer to order mine this week. I was going to wait and see if BMW was going to address the issue, but after seeing this thread, they've had plenty of time.

    Time to start hitting them in the ol pocket book. I'll order a new set everytime I see a crack.
  15. Dirt Rider

    Dirt Rider Old Adventurer

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    330 miles on new 2013 F800. Stress cracks showing up on both sides.
  16. joew_33

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    Hi all. Just go to https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/ and it takes just 2 minutes to fill out the form to file a complaint. This will get the ball rolling toward a real solution from BMW if NHTSA gets wind of this. I have filed mine regarding the gas tank, but seriously there should be hundreds of entries as 1/2 of the owners in various surveys report having replaced the gas tank at least once. When I looked at the complaints there were only a handful. Take the 2 minutes and file a complaint....once the numbers rack up we will be taken seriously. PS....what is the stator issue?
  17. TowPro

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    Remember Crap rolls down hill. I bet BMW is making the tank supplier pay for the warranty replacements. :deal
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  19. Milesbandit

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    This looks to me like the tank is separate and it's the body molding that is cracking.
  20. Dirt Rider

    Dirt Rider Old Adventurer

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    So I stopped by a nearby dealer a little while ago, not where I bought my new 800. This dealer has two stores. A salesman there is a friend of a friend. I mention that at 300 miles I am seeing the white line stress fracture starting. He says they have never heard of cracked tanks and they sell a lot of these. The owner walks by and says, "Never heard of such a thing". OK. So I walk over to a new one on the floor. Holy crap! The stress crack line is 3 times larger than the ones in my tank. And this is a new bike or maybe it had been in demo service as I was told it did have fuel in it. I asked the salesman to walk over and I would show it to them. Salesman immediately said he was way too busy to look and I should not be inventing problems! What a putz! So. I'm guessing they know about the problem and were glad when I left.

    Interesting, I mentioned my starting crack in my tank to the dealer I bought my bike at as well as many Beemers over the years. His response was, go tell service and they will order one. I said wait til it gets maybe worse. No hurry. Evidently, my dealer knows about the problem.