New plastic tank "bubbles"

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Dr Klaun, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Dr Klaun

    Dr Klaun Been here awhile

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    I just received the Safari tank I ordered for my Husky and looking over it, I noticed that the entire underside has these small bubbles in the plastic:

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    Any thoughts? Is this pretty standard on some of these plastic tanks? I assume it's OK, but not what I like to see on a tank of this cost.

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  2. MK96xj

    MK96xj 100% Seat Time

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    thats from their molding process. I would send some pictures to them directly.

    I would assume they do a leak test on all there tanks and functionally should not be an issue but I would expect better for my money!
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  3. frontiercat

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    Just installed a Safari on my 630. It is white, but I don't think mine has the bubbles...

    I'd send them pics as mentioned above.
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  4. LocuL

    LocuL Gnarly Infantry

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    In my and for the most of the OC forum. The safaris have alvvays had an less good finish. They are tough, carry fuel as they should. But fit and finish suck.
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  5. Off Road Ryder

    Off Road Ryder Long timer

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    Thats porosity from a molding process, I would be very surprised if thats the norm.
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  6. clapped_r6

    clapped_r6 The Spoad Warrior

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    my last 2 safari tanks had a few little ones here and there, but nothing like that!
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  7. Dr Klaun

    Dr Klaun Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the replies!

    Unfortunately, this is the second tank I've received due to issues. The first (white one) had issues with the fuel pump mounting area:

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    The inside edge was trimmed very close to the threaded insert plus it had that bad mold area that I was concerned would cause problems with the fuel pump mounting flange gasket. I spoke with the vendor and they shipped out another tank PDQ (red was the option).

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    The white one does not have any of this porosity issue, and the red tank only has it on the bottom. Here's a shot of the top:

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    I hate to keep going on and on with this but for a $700 tank, I'd expect some QC.... I'll call the vendor tomorrow and see what the lead time is on a new batch of tanks.

    BTW, I wasn't sure if Clark, IMS, Acerbis or other tanks might have had this issue occasionaly?
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  8. frontiercat

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    I agree completely. It's a lot of cash to spend and have a so-so quality looking tank.

    I think you could bring it to their attention and see what they do. Heck, they might even give you some money back...
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