KTM 950/990 Adv UNDERSEAT TANK

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by rade, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. jon6.0

    jon6.0 Been here awhile

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    Sent you an email. I forgot to mention that I will take a bunch of pics and provide feedback for you. I live in Phoenix and my bike gets parked outside in the sun. You want hot, I got it here. :lol3
  2. jon6.0

    jon6.0 Been here awhile

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  3. kaptinkaos

    kaptinkaos Just some nOOb

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    Yep, same stuff that's on the inside of the rear panels. Only issue will be cutting it around the sub frame, but that's minor. Should help a lot actually.
  4. rade

    rade Been here awhile

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    Hey there,

    sorry, but I have got stucked on trifles:

    - the tank bottom cover will be in the end from composites (the mould for metal cover is too expencive for small production)¨
    - the very last thing is experimenting with air venting... I am trying to find the "rubber seal"with inner whole diameter 3mm and suitable for wall width 8mm (meaning the tank wall)

    What you see on the pix is only for 4mm wall width and as I dont know how to call it in english, I cannot search worldwide:-(

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    Anyway, in meanwhile I will use different soluttion for airventing and will send the tanks to testers next week. Here you can see full kit the testers will get:

    tank, cover, T-fitting, petcock, heat shield sticker, tubes and mounting HW...

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    Many thanks to testers and their thoughts I am already getting! Hopefully in a month you will hear practical experiences directly from them.

    cheers Rade
  5. kaptinkaos

    kaptinkaos Just some nOOb

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    Freaking SAWEET! I'm even going to be on days off for a month or two. Should be able to get a detailed install write-up done and some riding with it installed! Awesome! :clap
  6. DutchVDub

    DutchVDub Adventurous Pirate

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    Damn, I wish I'd seen this earlier. I'd totally be down to guinea pig one of these. It would be nice to be able to go more than 180miles w/o having to find fuel.
  7. Bowser

    Bowser Been here awhile

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    I have to say I am looking forward to trying it out, its over 1/3 of the main tank in size which is a useable ammount of fuel carried in what is otherwise dead space, and low down.
    I cant see it upsetting the handling much.
    I currently get the fuel light come on at about 150miles or so, depending on how its ridden, somtimes more sometimes less, I make it roughly 10miles per liter which should give me another 75 miles on an average day, thats not to be sniffed at.
  8. Bowser

    Bowser Been here awhile

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    well here it is the tank has arrived, laid out in all its glory

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    close up

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    quality of the parts and fittings is exclent

    so here is the start, ABS pump removed, ready to start fitting

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    remove the bolts from the rear mudguard

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    first cut, tray removed

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    test fit for first time

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    thats it for now, need to remove a few mor bits before I continue, also need to tidy up the edges of the cutsI have made already, I shall do that and finsh up tomorrow.

    So far the fitting has been easy (thats tempting fate) with no particular issues, I need to make sure that I cut the right bits for the filler cap but other than that, cant really see any particular problems (he said hopfully). As with all jobs of this type is removing bits to get to the parts you need and to give access that takes the time.
    Looking forward to getting this finished and trying it out.
  9. Unruled

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    Oh bugger I should have posted here. Oh well, copy-paste powerrrr! :D




    As one of the testers for the underseat tank Rade (fellow inmate) is developing I have the honours of enlightening you with my experience so far. I received the tank last week and found some spare time to mount it today. It's probably fair to say the final version will look much better, this one is just built for toughness and testing purposes :)

    The tank came with all the mounting hardware included, and it's absolutely bomb-proof.


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    It's going to take up pretty much the entire rear bit of the bike, so you do need to do some cutting in the rear fender. It's not a big deal, but you can't get around it. This isn't a how-to so I won't annoy you with mounting instructions, but it was pretty straightforward. It comes with its own petcock and all the tubing, just run it around the bike to places you want it to go.


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    I've only done 50 miles so far, but it made it safely across a dastardly tricky stretch of deceivingly flat highway! Maybe that isn't a very high bar to set, so now to give the thing a decent test for a few days; 2000 mile all-roadtrip starting tomorrow :clap
  10. rade

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    Hi there!

    short score:-)
    • 5 tanks are already in testers hands
    • 2 of them are already installed!
    • 2 are waiting to be picked up on the post office:-)
    • 2 are still on their way to Chile and Australia
    and I have 6 days to start my six weeks trip :-)

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    I still have 3 tanks awailable... if some of cannt wait untill half of Sept. each is 259 EUR + shippment (US 45EUR, Europe 25EUR). It must be paid latest by Wed and I will shipp on Thu.

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    cheers Rade
  11. ericGSsti

    ericGSsti Been here awhile

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    Tank looks great. When funds allow I'll be in touch. Pending test results obviously but it looks that good I wouldn't say there'll be any issues. :D
  12. CA_Rage

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    Looking good! :clap:clap:clap
    Does the tank fill from the stock tanks or do you have to remove the seat to fill it?:ear

    -Rage
  13. Unruled

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    It would, but it's defenitely quicker just to take the seat off :D
  14. travelsomewhere

    travelsomewhere Been here awhile

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    Man thank you for making these tanks, this is really exciting. i want one soooo bad but i gotta figure out how to get this darned ABS off of this thing.
  15. Tafella

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    Have a nice trip Rade!:clap
    Take care!
  16. Bowser

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    what have you got, I have just done mine to get the tank to fit, and it was not much of a problem
  17. Jaimoto

    Jaimoto Spaniard in Chile

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    Rade,

    Next product should be an ABS relocation kit :lol3
  18. Unruled

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    Actually, that's probably simpler than developing a seperate version with less volume for the ABS model :p
  19. rade

    rade Been here awhile

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    greetings from Buchara on Silk way. We have over 5000km behind us. So far mainly straight roads through Ukraine, Russia and Kyzylkum desert with very different quality of tarmac and several kilometers on gravel roads.

    I am happy the tank is working well so far. No leakage. Even over 1000 km in really hot Kyzylkum desert it didnt melt. Only the heatshield sticker on the side behind rear-shock fender flipped off.

    I dont fill it every time, only when the petrol stations are far away. What is the case in Uzbekistan. I didnt try the maximum limit, but I did over 440 km.

    And I was forced to find new use-case for this tank. My fuel pump stopped working in the desert. So I bay-passed it from the rear-tank directly to the carburateur and because of higher gas-table level it has worked for about 40 km, till the gas-table got lower.

    Pix. and brief riding report you can find on radegarage.com

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  20. Pitpass

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    I test rode for 150 miles last weekend, temperature was 98 deg. With stock exhaust system. I had the petcock closed and tank completely full. When I arrive back home and let the bike run for another 5 minutes. My idea was to see what happened when it got really hot and see how much fuel would overflow. Vent/overflow tube worked perfectly. A small amount of fuel filled up the tube under the seat up to about the shock mount, no fuel came out on the ground. Great system! :clap