Tank Guards

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by The Misinformant, Dec 25, 2005.

  1. overlandr

    overlandr Dystopist

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    Saw these fitted to an Aprilia on Ebay recently - apparently dropped on a circuit and interesting to note the abrasion to the Akra CF cover. To be fair, probably happened at some speed but the result seems to indicate CF is not immune from severe abrasion. A KTM would likely suffer less due to lower speed.

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  2. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    heya overlander,

    yeah, you are on it: CF is a structural composite and not designed to withstand abrasion. That is Kevlar's forte, and the reason why some of us bugged Chris Barnes enough to get him to fight with the stuff and make some guards with it. Thanks again Chris! :D
  3. Surlyguy

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    You can grind the hole a little bigger if you need to. Chris left the hole fairly small for protection of the petcock.

    I ground mine out to a bigger size for personal preference.
    The fuel light comes on a few kilometers before you need to flip to reserve. So when I see the fuel light I pull over and go to reserve.
  4. Paves

    Paves Beetrt/liver sausage

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    Thanks Surly. I thought I'd noticed te reserve light coming on before I switched to reserve. Now I understand what's happening - modern technology eh!!
  5. Chrisbarnes1

    Chrisbarnes1 Been here awhile

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    Just noticed your post.

    The small hole is JUST big enough for you to turn the tap (deliberate to maintain structure). If you have a post 03 with the fuel reserve light then I suggest you leave the tap permanently on reserve (I do)--as the light is pretty accurate on my bike at least--and it saves spluttering to a stop at the most inconvenient places.

    Regards, Chris:clap


  6. habanero

    habanero Multistradler & LC4player

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    I am in the market for a set of tank protectors if they are still being made....

    thx, scott
  7. 666

    666 Agnostic and Orange

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    I busted my gas tank reaL GOOD. I counted so many cracks in so many places that I decided to skeep repair option.I think plastic itself wasn't cured properly or something. It's at least 8 years old, so who knows.
    I got used rally tank 28L, which came with corbin seat. From a member, got a good deal on it.
    Anyway, Chris sent me a set of protection. It looks like very substential protection.
    Here some pictures:
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/ArtyomVit/KTM02/photo#5157284090060430114"><img src="http://lh4.google.com/ArtyomVit/R5JajjHTWyI/AAAAAAAABko/F0RxiORj93M/s400/P1192217.JPG" /></a>


    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/ArtyomVit/KTM02/photo#5157283961211411186"><img src="http://lh6.google.com/ArtyomVit/R5JacDHTWvI/AAAAAAAABkQ/OKvp_PJak5Q/s400/P1192214.JPG" /></a>
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/ArtyomVit/KTM02/photo#5157284051405724434"><img src="http://lh3.google.com/ArtyomVit/R5JahTHTWxI/AAAAAAAABkg/lTtzUkFdsCk/s800/P1192216.JPG" /></a>
  8. RedDread

    RedDread What I can While I can.

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    Where can a guy get a set of these?
  9. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    Read through this thread and you will have your answer, if ChrisBarnes1 is still making them. :beer
  10. Sno Dawg

    Sno Dawg Long timer

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    I read through the post and just emailed Chris to see if he is still making them and/or has any available. When I hear :ear something, I will post it on here. I really hope that I can get a set :evil as they really look great and solve a major problem by protecting the tank.

    more later..........

    Sno Dawg
  11. Jiminy Cricket

    Jiminy Cricket Been here awhile

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    Hello everyone. Thought I would let you all know that Chris Barnes is alive and well, and I have the proof on my bike. :clap Just a couple weeks since contacting him and voila! Man, he sure does nice work. Ridiculously easy to install, and they should protect the tank from any more abrasion -and protect the silly hangy-downy petcock waiting to get ripped off. :huh I asked if he minded that I post pics, and he said go for it, so he is still in business. Thumbs up for a job well done. :thumb

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  12. CAPTAIN Z

    CAPTAIN Z OZ Mission Master

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    Looks great, are those kevlar one's still available or just carbon...??
  13. joemk12

    joemk12 Yellow Terror

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    Chris,

    Just emailed you about your tank guards. I have an 03 Adventure and if possible would take the kevlar over the CF, more concerned with abrasion resistance than good looks!!!!!! but will take whatever you have no problem. Also my bike has been castrated :eek1 so no petcock if that matters. Money's on the way as soon as I hear from you !!!!!!!

    Later
  14. LoFlow

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    Hi guys, I just picked up a 06 adventure with a set of Chris's tank gaurds uninstalled.

    How are you guys fastening them? I'm assuming RTV and if so what kind do you recommend and how much do you use. Also are you sealing the edges or just putting big blobs every so often.

    It looks like I'll have to devise a way to keep pressure on them till the sealant hardens as to limit the gaps. Thanks for any suggestions, bye.
  15. Jiminy Cricket

    Jiminy Cricket Been here awhile

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    From Chris:

    "....first apply some clear self adhesive film (THIN) to the area of the tank using the guards as a guide (the sort that has none setting adhesive and is used to protect paint). The guards can then be attached using a clear bathroom grade silicone in strategic blobs with a thin film around the edge (and wipe off excess before it cures). Hold in place with lots of duct tape etc and leave overnight to cure. If you apply the silicone direct to the tank and want to remove them then it really sticks and might pull paint. The curing process also might affect the paint and the film will help prevent this. The thin film adhesive will soften with gentle heat so stands a chance of pulling away when required. You could go for a less permanent adhesive (but they might come off)--or you could go for a more direct application if they are likely to be permanent--and covering an already damaged tank for example."


    I skipped the film and stuck'em straight on. YMMV.
  16. LoFlow

    LoFlow Long timer

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    Thanks Jiminy, just what I was looking for. I think I'll try your method.

    I once used that clear adhesive film to stop some luggage straps from marring the finnish on a ducati that I once had. Well it worked but when I removed the film it removed all the clearcoat also. God I love those Ducs.:D Thanks again man!
  17. Aussie Steve

    Aussie Steve Long timer

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    Hi,

    What adhesives have you been using on the polyethelyne hard parts tanks?

    Thanks,

    Steve
  18. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    Since the PE tanks breathe gas fumes, adhesives should not stay, um, adhered. I'd be interested in the answer you get too. :ear

    P.S. I tried a gentler adhesive on my PA tank (not a breather) - fugitive bond adhesive - but it didn't work because the guards are slightly smaller than the tanks and need a stronger adhesive to keep them from springing off. The only way around this is if Chris were to use a slightly larger model of the tank for a mold so when they shrink during curing they are the correct size, but that is only an issue for those trying weaker adhesives.
  19. kdscoates

    kdscoates Long timer

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    is this still around??
  20. mars

    mars Starbucks anyone?

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    I am interested in a set, are they still available?