The "Tanker Brace"...XR650R/Acerbis Sahara Tank Brace and Radiator Guard

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by Hodakaguy, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    New batch is done. PM's on the way to all those who have been waiting. Sorry for the delay in getting this batch completed.

    Thanks for your patients...

    Hodakaguy
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  2. dmb

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    Thanks for making more tanker braces, I got mine the other day. :clap It looks like it will work nice when i get a chance to install it with the Acerbis Tank.
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  3. winterhk

    winterhk *Disminuya Su Velocidad*

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    Finally getting around to installing my Acerbis tank with the Tanker Brace. I've never mounted this tank and bought it used, so I'm a little confused. Can anyone help me out?

    I've got the stock retainer mount for under the seat and then the Acerbis lower mounts that I'll be replacing with the tanker brace. Is there supposed to be another mounting point? There are 4 thread inserts underneath the tank that I didn't receive hardware for - is that supposed to be another mounting point?

    Thanks for your help - pics and review to come after I finish. Thanks again Hodakaguy!

    Edit: I figured it out - duh. The fuel lines gave me a bear of time, but now it's on and it's sweet! That brace is so stout! Out with the Devol rad guards and in with the Super Tanker brace!
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  4. Trl Rdr

    Trl Rdr Big Red Bird

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    I have the Acerbis tank & a Clarke tank & swap them around. Here is a picture with the Clarke Tank & Tanker brace.

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    The Brace spreads the 'Wings' out a little bit. Just takes a few minutes to pull the bolts & swap. I have the Aluminum tank to frame mounts on both tanks also.
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  5. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Just a Update. I have a new batch of braces all ready to ship out. The new braces have CNC cut parts and are painted a textured black finish.

    $55 + $10 Shipping to the Cont USA.

    Thanks...

    Hodakaguy
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  6. PeteN95

    PeteN95 Long timer

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    Hodaka Guy, thanks for the quick service! I got the brace yesterday and had it on in minutes, great fit and well made! I have been toying with making something like this, but when I saw yours, I knew it was better than what I would have made anyway. It fits great with the Clarke tank and moves the bottom of the rad shroud out about the same as the tank does at the top. I use a little foam to fill the space between the radiator and the shroud to keep air going to the rad. Great product, thanks again! :D
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  7. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Glad you liked it...hope you never have to put it to the test :evil:D

    Thanks

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  8. Silver Horseman

    Silver Horseman I'm your Huckleberry

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    Hodaka Guy,

    Your product and service are fantastic!

    I just installed mine with my new Acerbis 6.3 Sahara Tank and it was an easy instalation.

    Thanks!
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  9. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Hopefully you'll never have to put it to the test :evil

    Thanks :thumb

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  10. 5hortbus

    5hortbus Been here awhile

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    After a while of not being sure what kind of tank I have on my new to me '00 XRR, I've finally determined that its an IMS 7 Gal. Do we know if the Tanker will also mate to this guy? I assume that the mounting points are the same, we're just worried about clearance and such?[​IMG]
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=243331 KTMMAD has a pic of his IMS 7 til I get a good one of my own. He states it sits lower, but I don't know how or where.
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  11. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    I've never seen one of the IMS tanks in person so I'm not sure if the Tanker Brace would fit up with it or not. I'd be interested in finding out if it would though.

    Thanks,

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  12. 5hortbus

    5hortbus Been here awhile

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    Selling/Buying a house right now, so the finances are under strict Boss control. But, when that frees up (hopefully soon) I'll be buying one as a test bed for the IMS. Then you can add that tank model to your "promotional literature".

    Great piece of work though.

    Thanks
    Ken
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  13. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Sounds great Ken, Thanks :thumb

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  14. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    I have another batch of braces painted, boxed and ready to ship. :thumb

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  15. 5hortbus

    5hortbus Been here awhile

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    Well,
    The order is placed, and we shall soon see how the IMS monster is tamed by the Tanker Brace.

    Thanks to Hodakaguy for a cool piece of kit.
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  16. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    The brace that came with the Safari tank for my 950SE was a pice of white metal junk and didn't even come close to fitting. I bent here and straightened there and got it on but if I ever dump the bike near the brace it'll just fold up.
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  17. 5hortbus

    5hortbus Been here awhile

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    Hodakaguy,
    As stated before with all other tanks, install was a breeze!
    I may be a terrible rider, but I'm almost as bad as a mechanic.

    I had a smoky experience with my IMS recently which made me pull the trigger on the Tanker. Although it may look like an actual hole, it is not. More of a blister or canker sore (for the promiscuous in the group)
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    Note where the previous owner had "cleaned" the header. Although the angle of the photo doesn't show it, there's an easy inch or more of space now between the header and tank, and I can't move the tank back and forth as I could previously. NICE!! The tanker "Spread My Wings"!

    Doesn't it look like the tank was designed to hit the header? Note the TWO burn spots matching each pipe.
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    Standard angle of the tanker, but this installed on the IMS
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    I left the "pucks" that originally were on the IMS as part of the install for a bit of added security.
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    Fantastic product obviously developed by someone who has actually experienced the problems of these massive tanks. Not designed for bling, but for utility, and for a very niche market. Very stout, and very well made.

    From a service standpoint, I assume that Hodakaguy isn't supporting himself making these gizmos; but response time and delivery outclass most operations that sell and ship stuff as a business. Thanks for doing this for us.

    'Bus
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  18. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Looks great, Glad that it fit up with the big IMS with no problems.

    Thanks for the pics :thumb

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  19. nskitts

    nskitts Long timer

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    Hey, just got my brace today and must say it is a well made piece. I don't doubt I could stand on one end and not bend it.

    I won't install this until I gather the necessary hardware required to install the tank but in the meantime I will use it to split wood or as a lever to move the world!

    Thanks Hodakaguy!
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  20. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Glad it arrived in good cond, post up some pics when you get it mounted up :thumb

    I have a fresh batch ready to ship now :thumb

    Hodakaguy
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