KTM 530/450 Rear Auxiliary Side Panel Fuel Tank?

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  1. Yellow Pig

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    Has anyone mounted a Rear Auxiliary Side Panel Fuel Tank on their KTM 530/450?

    If anyone has successfully mounted one of these to their bike:
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    please show some pictures of how you mounted it.

    Thanks
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  2. fimp

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  3. LukasM

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    The BD tanks will not fit (at least not bolt on) the 08+ EXC-Rs, which I assume you are talking about when you say 530. Haven't seen anybody who has adapted one either.

    Your direct options are either the huge Safari tank that goes over the whole subframe, or the sweet Mecasystem alminum tank that Neduro is using on his Dakar bike. Neither is cheap unfortunately.

    Meca:

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    Safari:

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  4. tHEtREV

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    I may very well be completely wrong here, but I was assuming he was asking about fitment to the 08 and newer models.

    I assumed he asked the question because those tanks are designed for the 04 to 07 bikes and was wondering if they can be made to fit the newer ones and what modifications are needed.

    I could be wrong though...

    Edit, errr, what Lucas said...

    Don't you hate it when you reply to a comment that no one has replied to for over an hour, so you don't bother quoting it, and then some clown comes along and post what you were typing, but gives a much better and clearer response and actually answers the question the original poster was asking while you were just waffling on with bullshit?

    No?

    So it is just me then...

    Carry on.
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  5. Motomochila

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    I was assuming he meant 08 and later models.....oh wait someone already said that.........d'oh!

    I hate when I do that.
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  6. Navin

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    I had a used one given to me and gave it away too. Better to buy the front tank you need IMO. That thing looked as if it would break off easily under hard use and get crushed by the rear wheel and then you are no better off anyway. It had tire marks all over the inside of it from woods riding. I'd not even consider it on the 530 subframe. My Acerbis 3.4 is a tank and rad guard in one. I've had the 6.6 on RFS and if I needed that I'd not hesitate to get one again fgor the 530.

    On a related note, I had the Neduro tank on my SE and never even rode with it. For hard core off road without a chase truck, keep the fuel up front.
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  7. LukasM

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    I hate those clowns, too! :rofl

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  8. Yellow Pig

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    Yes i was referring to the 08+ models.

    Thanks
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  9. fimp

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    Hi

    I understood you were requesting about adapting this plastic tank to KTM model 08 and upper.
    My message was "run away from this tank..." :D

    The aluminum ones I used my-self from Mecasystem are much more efficient and robust.
    But it is still necessary to mount them far from the chain and to check them after any falls.

    (Or better, never fall down... Seems stupide but this will determine the way you ride even in a race mode !)

    Fred
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  10. tHEtREV

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    Interesting.

    I have the older model tank for the 03 and earlier that I had fitted to my 00 200 exc, and while I only fitted it briefly and didn't have any fuel in it I did wonder about the mounting of it.

    I was going to use it but was going to keep looking for an alternative, and I'm starting to get a collection of tanks...

    Maybe someone should start an auxiliary tank thread...
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  11. fimp

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    If I had time I would build my own rear tanks (left and right) with Epoxy and fiber glass/carbon kevlar.
    I had the opportunity to talk to a professional and the rear tanks building is not much more complicate than building a front fairing.

    The first decision I would take is to build a tank not going so much "inside" the bike (I mean so close to the chain and to the rear brake). So the tanks would be "outside" the bike like on the KTM 660/690.

    Of course the tanks would need 3 points of attachement. 2 on the top, 1 on the bottom.
    I would try to design them in order to avoid the usage of a fuel pump.
    This will provide I guess a maximum of 9 to 12 liters.
    With a front tank from KTM or Safary(13 to 15 liters), the total would be 22 liters (not enough ?) to 27 liters (quite enough).

    But now all the professionals are moving to another solution.
    - Rear tank "freestanding" (right english term ?) to replace the rear frame (10 to 15 liters)
    - 2 side panel front tanks (2 x 10 liters) - Existing solution.
    Total 30 to 35 liters.

    If I had time enough I would use these 2 side panel front tanks (2 x 10 liters) and I would build a tear tank to replace only the air box (5 to 8 liters). And I would install the air filter on the top of the 2 front tanks.
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  12. tHEtREV

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    I'm not a big fan of composites just because of the potential impact/crash damage, but I have nothing to base that on.

    I was wondering if it might be possible to use a 690r or e tank as a rear Aux tank on an EXC.

    Like this one...

    [​IMG]
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  13. Peter11

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    Bumping this exellent question.


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  14. Kyler

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    I have had one on my '07 450EXC for about 4 years now. I've not had any problems with chain contact but contact with the tire on heavy shock compression finally wore through the plastic. As the report notes, it is difficult to keep the tank in position after a laydown on the left - it pushes the tank in.

    I really like it and am seriously considering getting another if I can figure out how to modify the mounting and eliminate the tire contact issue.
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  16. Kyler

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    for 475 you can buy a new 4G front tank :huh
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  17. clapped_r6

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    i have a rotopax sitting around, i wonder if anyone has rigged up a side mount for an RFS to carry an extra gallon?

    i've read the BD side tank is problematic, and i really don't need it plumbed in. also, 4 gallons is what i need.

    anybody do that? an no, i don't want to carry it on the back!
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  19. Kyler

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    sweet! but for a cheap bahstad like me, way too much.
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