Honda XR650L Larger Gas TANK

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Gobear, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. Gobear

    Gobear Adventurer

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    Hello Group,

    From searching the web I've found three larger gas tanks that fit the XR650L.

    IMS
    Acrebis
    Clark

    Any advise on which brand is better would be helpful.

    Ride safe

    Gobear
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  2. Dirtgeek

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    hi gobear and welcome. i'm running the clarke 4.7 on my L. no problems. i fabricated some struts out of aluminium for better stabilization instead of the wire cross-piece thingy that came with the clarke. the range is pretty substantial now.

    good luck

    al:1drink
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  3. mcnut

    mcnut Long timer

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    I have the IMS. Fits OK with some minor rubbing with the cylinder head bolts. Probably has 5000 off-road miles on it now.

    Having said that, I have always been impressed with the Acrebis tanks I have seen and owned.

    Bruce
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  4. KHVol

    KHVol Long timer

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    Had a Clarke on my L for 8 years now....never had a problem. Will continue to buy Clarkes. Have seen other brands have problems.
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  5. truck6driver

    truck6driver The Fireman

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    Running an IMS 4 gal tank. No leaks or problems other than discoloration from the fuel over the years. It was white but is kinda tan now. it has been on the bike for over 10 years. I did have to replace the gas cap because the rubber gasket/vent ripped this year and I could not find just the gasket. I think that $12 in over a decade is pretty good.:D If I replace it I will go back with an IMS. I just cheap and don't want to spend the $$$.


    Ray
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  6. AWM

    AWM Beard Bros Racing

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    IMS

    Removed the stocker,and just bolted up the IMS 4 gallon.Used OEM petcock,and frame foam.I would like to put on thicker brakets then the ones that came with the tank,but haven't had any problem with the IMS brackets after,3,000 miles.

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  7. AWM

    AWM Beard Bros Racing

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    Then got the XR's only stickers.

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  8. Papa Pete

    Papa Pete RIDES RED

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    Honda had an issue with heat and put the wings on the stock tank.
    I went with the Acerbis for that reason. Hey they built their tank with the wings as more fuel space. There are some that can't figure out how to mount the tank with the limited instructions that come from Acerbis, but don't let that stop you from considering them for your tank replacement.
    Don't listen to the pin heads that couldn't figure out how to mount it and cut the tabs off the frame to make it work. The tank will fit and will come on and off quite smoothly once you get it on. The tank is really made well and the mounting hardware holds the tank in place.
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  9. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    Cut the tabs off the frame? You are kidding, right? What peanut would do such a thing? The Acerbis is the easieast thing to fit, dead simple so even a moron (me) can do it.
    God help them if they do their own servicing.:lol3
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  10. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    I've read that the Acerbis is a tighter fit on the XR-L because of the additional stuff mounted to the frame under there.

    It is a super fit on the XR600R and plenty haven't had any fitment issue on the XR-L.
    I've had Clarke, IMS, and Acerbis - I rank Acerbis tops, and Clarke a close second. IMS only took third because of what I considered a cheesy petcock setup (on a DR650 tank)
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  11. Flycaster

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    I have a Clarke 4.7 gallon on my 650L. No problems yet. Looks good and it was an easy installation.
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  12. truck6driver

    truck6driver The Fireman

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    I now nothing about the DR but my XR uses the stock petcock on the IMS tank. Fit was just like the stock tank.

    Ray
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  13. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    The IMS DR650 tank comes pre-drilled for the oem vacuum two-stem petcock, yet it doesn't fit due to interference with cooling fins.
    They do provide a petcock, but it's single-stem and leaves lots of room for the gasket to pinch, squish, and leak.
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  14. lewismedlock

    lewismedlock Tiny dancer.

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    Acerbis tanks come with their own dual petcocks. I've got the one that is almost 6 gallons. It was easy to install, but you have to relocate or raise your stock turn signals. It has held up well.

    [​IMG]


    I fairly anal about bike maintenance and keeping things tight. A month or two after I posted this my Acerbis began to leak near the backbone, so I switched to a Clarke. It holds a gallon less, but it feels better between the knees.
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  15. Papa Pete

    Papa Pete RIDES RED

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    Yes if you check on thumper talk, there is advice to cut the tabs off the frame. I didn't and havn't had any problems. Yes you do have to relocate stock turn sigs on the front end. I went with the Acrbis hand guards with the turn sigs built into them.:D

    Lewismedlock,
    Is that the taxi driver bead seat your running there?
    How well do rate them for long distance riding? With the bigger tank, I don't have to stop riding for about 200 miles before refuel and my ass would like
    something between it and the seat.
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  16. lewismedlock

    lewismedlock Tiny dancer.

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    I like the beads. They help a lot, but the seat is still a brick. The airflow through the beads makes a tremendous difference in butt comfort during long hot rides.

    The beads were made for a pillion seat on a cruiser. I just took some measurements and ordered what I thought would work the best. If I remember correctly, they're 14 inches long and 10 inches wide.

    In cooler weather, I use a Walmart ATV seat. It helps too, and it was less than 20 bucks.

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  17. Papa Pete

    Papa Pete RIDES RED

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    Thanks on the bead update. Sorry for hijacking the thread, but I always wondered about the taxi cab driver beads.:D
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  18. Gobear

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    Thank you all for the great information!

    cheers,

    Gobear
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  19. Ridin' to the River

    Ridin' to the River IKE

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    I have a 2009 XR650L and want the larger Acrebis Fuel tank. Anymore, even a short ride for me is at least 80 miles and long rides can be several hundred. The small tank is getting on my nerves, so I am in the market for a larger fuel tank. However, I am told that the Acerbis tank will only fit newer models with major modifications. In this case what does "major" mean? What year do you have and did you end up needing specialty parts? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Be the Duck...
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  20. Kawidad

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    I don't see how, the XRL is unchanged since it came out, except BNG (bold new graphics).:deal
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