Safari Tanks ROCK !!

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Apple Jam, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. DuctTape

    DuctTape Been here awhile

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    That's drop shipped from the land down under and I got the same response from both Dualsportwarehouse and Justgastanks.
  2. WARDKTM

    WARDKTM Adventurer

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    watch out trying to fit them back on if they have been in sun other than that i love mine
  3. catalina38

    catalina38 Long timer

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    I got mine at http://justgastanks.com/product_info.php?products_id=483
    They have advrider discount code in their thread in the vendor's forum.
    Call them for color availability. When I bought mine a few months ago they had orange, white, black and I got the last set of translucent.
  4. DuctTape

    DuctTape Been here awhile

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    Yup, but now all that's available is orange or white. I've already paid for my black and just think, only 4 more weeks to go! :rofl
  5. Bowser

    Bowser Been here awhile

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    It would be nice if they just produced the tanks in Polymide instead of Polyethylene and it wouldnt be a problem, if touratech can their HPN/Acerbis tanks then safari could, or heaven forbid if they have to use polyethylene then fluoride treat the damn things.
    Nice idea but very poor production.
  6. sideup

    sideup Been here awhile

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    I modified my sw crash bars by piecing in about a one inch piece near the rear mount and adding a new mounting tab at the front side mount. Also had to bend the inside bars to fit. Instead of lining up the inside mounts with the weak aluminum threaded holes I am just going to make a bar to tie the two inside mounts together. It not perfect but looks very nice with the new orange powder coating.
    BTW the tanks do like to grow. Having trouble getting the mounting bolt in on the left front headlight mount. It's a half hole off.
  7. KaytM

    KaytM Just a fella.

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    I've won some BNIB safari tanks on eBay.
    Could someone please tell me what fittings should aslo come with the tanks?
    I know there are some breather pipes, but what else??
    Thanks.
  8. bikyto

    bikyto Dans le doute...gaz!

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    Longer bolts, fuel pump opening block off plate (to use for a 950) and a gasket.
    A couple of orings for the petcocks.
  9. KaytM

    KaytM Just a fella.

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    Many thanks bikyto, you're a diamond mate!
  10. bikyto

    bikyto Dans le doute...gaz!

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    :freaky enjoy them! They're awesome
  11. Bowser

    Bowser Been here awhile

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    You are SOOO lucky, I very nearly bid on them, but really want the orange ones!!
  12. Earthscape

    Earthscape Have ya got a helmut?

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    I thought I read somewhere that they did start fluoride treating the tanks at some point after production started. Not quite sure I understood your sentence, but every Acerbis and Clark tank I have, including aftermarket oversize tanks and factory KTM and Triumph tanks, swell also. Interesting though, I've noticed that the Safari tanks shrink back down in a shorter period of time than the factory Acerbis tanks do when emptied and dried.
    Personally, I'd rather deal with the issue than have the Safari tanks not available at all. I absolutely love not having to worry about finding a gas station.
  13. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    I've wondered how you guys keep track of your fuel.

    Do you tape a calendar to your dash?
  14. DuctTape

    DuctTape Been here awhile

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    Bingo!

    I got so tired of planning around fuel stops and having to use my rear tank as a reserve since I tend to get so focused on admiring my surroundings I miss that stupid yellow light. There are still plenty of places to explore that don't have fueling depots close by and there are still small towns that do have fuel but roll up the sidewalks at dusk and the pumps aren't on 24/7.

    Sitting the tanks aside for a spell while they slim down is much more acceptable then 3 or 4 fuel stops in a day and if you add the oil change petcock/hose and a CPR filter the tanks will be on more then they will ever be off.

    It's going to be a long 4 week wait since I have her torn down waiting for the new additions to arrive.
  15. Bowser

    Bowser Been here awhile

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    Well I have the 42ltr Acerbis manufactured Touratech tank for my R1100GS, its manufactured from polyamide, it dosent swell at all, its non porous so you can repair it if it gets damaged, and you can paint it.
    Fluoride prevents porosity of the so the petrol vapor dosent not get into the plastic, so again you can repair it, and paint it, to be fair it has little to do with preventing the swelling of the tank.
  16. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    I think there is something to this swelling deal and the Safari tanks beyond just vapors and such. Can anyone tell me why my tanks were fine until I went to the great NW? (Yukon, Alaska, BC, Ect.) I also crossed the great plains where gasohol was being sold to get there and back.

    Anyhow, on that trip things swelled enough that I could barely get the caps on and off. A short time after I got home and rode a few tanks through of our home brewed Ohio gas, the caps loosened up and they have never been swelled again since.
  17. Gimme 2

    Gimme 2 wheels , with nobs

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    The tanks swell . the problem for me is it makes the tanks difficult to fit, and can do a little damage to the screen.
    The fix , which has seen many miles and mixed terrain, is to loosen the whole headlight/ speedo support from the headstock. 2 bolts. This will then be nicely supported by the actual tanks themselves and leaves the headlight /speedo support bracket "floating" free from the main frame which in turn allows the tanks to do what they must.[​IMG]
  18. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    It's been almost two years since I got these big tanks,
    and over 5-1/2 years of learning how to push this big bike around offroad.

    My fuel light came on at 260 miles the other day. (mostly dirt on that tank)
    It seems I spend a bit more time spinning the back tire at 7-8000 RPM than I used to.......
    I'm just now getting comfortable with it at just shy of 50k miles.

    Dog, I love this bike more than ever. :clap
    How in the hell could anyone ever sell it after owning it?
    What could they possibly be thinking?
  19. sideup

    sideup Been here awhile

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    Great fix. Thanks for the tip.
  20. DuctTape

    DuctTape Been here awhile

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    That is a great tip, thanks!

    Speaking of tips, I also have a slew of spacers and fender washers I picked up from Lowes today after reading this thread a while back http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=784781

    Trying to have everything ready for when these bad boys show up.