Clank in oil tank

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by unaweep, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. unaweep

    unaweep Uses lotsa band-aids

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    So, the skid plate screws that hold the plate to the oil tank stripped. Finally decided to pull the oil tank and see about getting a helicoil installed at a local machine shop.

    I released the screws holding the tank to the bike and then turned it sideways to get out the last bits of oil. When I turned it, I heard a clank. Oh-oh.

    I was able to fish out this metal tube:


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    The tube shows a small spot weld that is broken. I can see a metal plate inside as well, but it's way too big to get out.

    I have NO idea how long it has been like this. The bike has been running well, with the exception that, some times, at full throttle, up over 100 and climbing, I get a little stumbling, almost like fuel is cutting out. I attributed that to carb venting. Maybe I was wrong. How fucked am I? Or, am I?
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  2. CRW

    CRW I dont want a pickle

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    Got me??? But I have a adv and think the oil tanks are different....
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  3. sonoran

    sonoran Making ADV great again

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    Wonder if it's there to bring return oil to top of the tank?

    So long as the remaining piece doesn't interfere with oil flow then should be ok.

    Things that make you go hmmmmm.
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  4. unaweep

    unaweep Uses lotsa band-aids

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    Yeah, between that and the stripped threads, I bit the $500 bullet and bought a new one. Ouch!

    I wonder how long it's been that way, and what the potential ramifications might be. I always thought the tank was just an empty tank. Clearly, not the case.:dunno
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