Back in Black

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Geek, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. FINNDIAN

    FINNDIAN Mine goes to 11

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    @ yellow Pig

    Geek said this at the beginning of this thread .
    I'm actually going with both. You can never have too much fuel when riding in the middle of nowhere.
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  2. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    See? As per post # one, Dan's the reason why I'll add random photos to this thread :D :freaky

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    I'm guessing that loaded Safari tanks will be a workout in sand... good thing I already have upgraded my fork springs.

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  3. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Transferring Hardware

    Murphy's Law.. My stock tanks were nearly full. I don't have nearly the patience to drain them through the petcocks so instead I made a mess.

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    The instructions are rather sparse.. a single piece of paper - but I don't think you need anything more; it is pretty obvious what you do.

    I like sentence one... something along the lines of "if you can't figure this out, get a mechanic's help" :lol3

    Two nuggets of information on the sheet:

    1) rinse the tanks out with a small amount of gas and discard to get rid of shavings.
    2) use an anti-seize compound, NOT a thread-locker, on all bolts going into brass.

    So first I rinsed out the tank and made another mess :D

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    I decided to to the left tank first as it's the "more complicated" one (although I dunno if you can really call any of this complicated).

    Here's the stuff you need to transfer over:
    The fuel level sensor
    The petcock
    The crossover petcock
    ..and the 3 sets of rubber mounts.

    First I removed the fuel level sensor. If you ever wondered what it looks like on the inside.. now you know

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    Next came the crossover tube. For some reason they included different bolts for mounting it (and for the petcock too). I dunno why but just incase there was a real reason I used their hardware :dunno

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    If you ever wondered what the petcock looks like on the inside.. now you know
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    I then mounted it on the block-off plate. If I owned a 990 instead of a 950, I would insert my fuel pump into the hole that this block-off plate blocks.
    As it is I mounted the petcock to the bottom of it with the supplied hardware.
    In the background you can see the rubber gasket the plate uses to seal against the tank.
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    ...transfer all the rubber mounts over:
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    et Voila...

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    I did one more swish with fuel, dumped it out adding to my mess, and test hung the tank on the bike :thumb

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    Easy peasy. Maybe 15 minutes work and that included playing with my camera.

    ...and at this point I came inside because the gas fumes are making me sick :puke

    I'll go do the other tank after the vapors expire a bit.
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  4. boat.man

    boat.man Baller on a budget

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    Geek,
    are the tanks black plastic or are they painted? how would you rate the appearance of them compared to the OEM tanks? is that an "adventure" decal on the side or what?

    Thanks!!
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  5. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    They are black molded plastic (not painted).

    You definitely don't by them for finish. They are not glossy at all and the surface is by no means perfect. You can see molding pocks & stuff on them (little sand grain sized things here and there). If you are concerned about "finish" you will not like them. I'm trying to think of an equivalent plastic finish in every day life.. but all that comes to mind is "a thick version of the plastic used in dirtbike gas tanks".

    That and....
    The white ones turn yellow.
    The orange ones look like a giant pumpkin.
    The black ones explode in the sun.

    I chose the lesser of the 3 evils. Why did I spend $1500 on these again? (j/k) :lol3

    All that said, I really like the finish on the tanks. It gives the bike a "tougher offroad" appearance so that the harley guys don't think you are on a sportbike with knobblies :evil :D

    I dunno how the "adventure" labeling is done. I was looking at it and I can't tell. I dunno if its a "surface mar" in the molding or if it is sprayed on or what :dunno
    I like it a lot though.. I'm digging the subtleness of the black on black :thumb
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  6. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Does anybody know if it matters which way up this thing faces? Now that I think of it.. i have no idea which way up I put it...

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  7. bikyto

    bikyto Dans le doute...gaz!

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    Ooopsie!
    Well you don't need it anymore :D

    I think it's down... If I remember correctly... I think

    Will you be adapting crash bars on these monsters?
    And yes I want them too:cry
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  8. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    p.s. I do have a "non-glossy" set of rear fairings on the way too... they'll help with the blackout. :evil
    That way I can squirrel away my entire set of stock black body work.

    I also gotta figure out how to get the damn yellow sticker off my skid plate :patch
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  9. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Yeah.. I'll just have to remember to fill up on the first Tuesday of every month :D
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  10. FINNDIAN

    FINNDIAN Mine goes to 11

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    Did you get a set of used side panels? I was planing to paint a used set with a flat or semigloss.
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  11. JUNAC

    JUNAC Straight Shooter

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    Hey Geek,

    Bike looks great. Just added another of your photos for my wallpaper.
    I just picked up a black 05. I'm curious why you haven't changed the cans yet. How do you attach the Pelican to the luggage rack? Which crash bars are those? They look pretty beefy. SW Motech? Keep up the good work. I've got big plans for mine. Started a spreadsheet just so I can keep track of all the mods I want to do. :deal Just have to fork out the cash.
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  12. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    Nice work bro. :thumb
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  13. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Nope.. not used. The ones I have on order "stick to the theme" :evil

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  14. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    If you want pics in larger size (I usually size them 1920x1200) they are in my smugmug: topgeek.smugmug.com :freaky

    My cans have been de-catted and re-tig'd. :evil. That fixed the heat problem and if I run into a grumpy cop (Denver has a stock-exhaust law though I have never seen it enforced) I should be safe.

    I have the CJ Designs rear rack and the pelican bolted to it. The CJ rack is the perfect size for the Pelican 1450.

    SW Motech crash bars.

    I started a "mod log" when I first bought the bike.. and once it got to more than the cost of another motorcycle I stopped because I was afraid Cheryl would see it :D
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  15. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I love the Wolfman saddle bags. Loaded with my sleeping bag & stuff they weigh less than the gobis do empty! I am using the gobi racks with them. They are 100% waterproof.

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    I've not crash tested them (knock wood) though my girlfriend has dropped her F650 a few times and has yet to damage them.

    :freaky
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  16. xianx

    xianx High On Life

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    Damn man that is a brilliant picture! i think i might see God in it, and i dont even know if i believe in God:huh
    Either way you have a gift, thank you for sharing it.
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  17. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Thanks :freaky

    The San Juan Mountain's are a special place :nod

    That pic is on the east side of Ophir Pass. A mile further on you crest the top and this is the view.

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    You can see the wolfman's in both of these pics. The tail bag I'm using is a HUGE watershed bag I use when I need to carry a ton of stuff with me (in this case a big tent, chairs, etc as I was camping with Cheryl).

    I've received a message asking how much they hold... they don't hold a huge amount but when packed well they hold enough. At some point I'll try and post pics on what fits where when I'm camping.

    Last summer I camped off the bike over 50 nights :clap I dunno if I'll have time for that this summer :(:

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  18. bikyto

    bikyto Dans le doute...gaz!

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    I think I've already asked...but I'll keep on bugging....

    what mods do you have to make to your crashbars with your new tanks:D:ear
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  19. kamanya

    kamanya Andrew to most

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    Hello,


    I changed a bit of the plumbing on mine.

    The vent and T piece didn’t work for me when the tanks are really full. If you have filled them really to the top the vent pipes because they do not loop high enough, then act as a siphon on the first application of the brakes, you then lose a litre or so. Even when not completely full and you brake, for that little time that the petrol is forward it vents out. Also the vent pipe from the "T" piece was too short as it drains to just forward of the radiator and when it does drain I can smell petrol badly.

    So I changed it by buying quite a bit of piping to create a loop that runs to the highest point behind the light (it’s a tight fit). At the highest point I put the “T” piece. This pipe then runs back through the head stock and then between the left tank and the frame above the radiator and then down by the clutch slave.

    The other thing I’ve done as a result of having to fill other bikes more than once is make it easier to do this.

    The right hand tank runs directly to the fuel petcock instead of going to the left tank forward tap. This pipe has a “T” piece that runs to the pump. On the left hand forward tap I have a pipe that I use to tap from.

    The beauty of this system is that breaking the left tank is not a show stopper – just turn off the petcock. Break the right hand tank turn off the right forward tap.

    This system would not work on the 990’s because of the pump being in the tank.
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  20. kamanya

    kamanya Andrew to most

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    Also, I know you’ve mounted it already, but the gasket on the fuel pump plate leaks easily. I had an issue with the gasket leaking.

    This is because either the tanks brass bolt threaded sockets sit very slightly proud or, as the tanks plastic is not absolutely flat one or both can mess with the gasket seal not sitting flush. I counter sunk the plates holes on the brass side just enough that the now chamfered holes sit “around” the brass thread sockets rather than on them. This got around the interference that the brass threads were creating.

    No leaks ever.

    I don’t have pictures, clear as mud?
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