Safari Tank Users

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Qwik, May 9, 2012.

  1. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    I had it brought to my attention by another 10G+ Club member that the stock gasket fails with the bad gas we are given in the states. I just changed my stock gasket from the adapter plate to the tank. Glad I did. Stock gasket was all but gone. Lots of pieces of it sitting in the bottom of the tank.
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    Here is the stock gasket. It didnt do so well.
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  2. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    Bumping this because if that gasket fails it could dump a lot of fuel and is a bit of a safety hazard.
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  3. syzygy9

    syzygy9 Been here awhile

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    Good heads up.

    How old is the tank? how long was the gasket in? and what did you replace it with?
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  4. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    Mine dumped about 3 gallons in my garage before I caught it. The gasket they provided lasted 8 days.
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  5. dzrtracin

    dzrtracin ride'n 2 live

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    Gota love it, pay $800 for a tank & have a .01 gasket.

    RIDE ON!
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  6. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    makes me want to buy one !

    :rofl
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  7. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    Paul, Dont worry, I can carry fuel enough to get you through :D And I wish I had paid $800:huh
    Syz, Tank is less than a year old.
    dzrtrcin, Not Safari's fault the US buts BS Chemicals in our fuel. The Ethanol is causing all kinds of issues from Environmental to gaskets degrading
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  8. patrkbukly

    patrkbukly 52 Weeks of warm

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    Holy shit, I just got and installed mine and I'm loving it but that is a real concern. What did you do...? Make one from just Universal gasket material? That gasket in a tube like flan in a tube or what? ???[​IMG]
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  9. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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  11. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    Patrick, I was given some gasket material that is supposed to be ethanol proof. I just cut it to fit and installed it. (On a side not My KTM Is up and running. I just have to get the Rekluse dialed in now and pay off CJ.
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  12. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    Qwik I'm not having any problems with the gasket material yet.
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  13. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    Good to hear. I just noticed how degraded mine was and wanted to give others a heads up.
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  14. mdfehrmann

    mdfehrmann Been here awhile

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    FYI, I know this part is not list on CJ's site but he has made billet adapters with a proper machined grove
    for an o ring that fits the safari tanks. I have one with an adapter for an extra fuel line so I can easily transfer
    fuel to my camp stove, or any other container. I'll post pics next time I have my tanks off. :D
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  15. Narsisco Lopez

    Narsisco Lopez Addlepated

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    The gasket that came with my Safari tanks still looks brand-spanking new: that's because it is. My fuel pump goes where your block-off plate does :D
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  16. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    Guess I should've specified block off plate gasket.
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  17. patrkbukly

    patrkbukly 52 Weeks of warm

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    ,....ahhhh that right...the fuel pump.
    Damnit Jim.
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  18. 666

    666 Agnostic and Orange

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    I am getting a set of used safari tanks for my 950. How thick viton sheet should I buy? 2-3 mm enough?
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  19. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    That sounds about right.
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  20. MAXVERT

    MAXVERT OG on da OC

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    Personally I'd find a fuel proof sealer and bond that sucker on.
    Unlike with the FI pump which you need to remove for filters,
    on the 950's you need to install it and not have to dick with it again.

    Maybe some Permatex Hylomar Blue and an adhesive backed heavy duty
    gasket material. This would be removable .

    Also be sure the threaded inserts in the tank are not standing proud
    of the tank plastic.
    I had to grind them back flush with the tank to get a good seal for my fuel pump.

    Devil boy, boxed and ready to ship !

    Max
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