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   10-25-2008, 3:36 AM
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overview of gas tank mods

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     Special Thanks for this assemblage goes to Tracy for his technical assistance and Tom for his support.  Lets not forget a round of applause for all those who's efforts have afforded us a much easier road to follow.
     My intent is to present an up-to-date (10/25/08) example of what has been done to increase the fuel carrying capacity of the TW.  I am not going to labor over detail since those that have implemented these mod's have detailed their efforts well, and links have been provided (click on highlighted names)..  I will likely take some liberties when giving an 'overview' of one process over another and of course this (only) represents my opinion.  I will be comparing what I went through to what 'I think' someone else went through.  I will try to be vigilant in seeing that credit goes to the appropriate folks, should mistakes occur please let me know what needs to be corrected.  Efforts by some may not have been posted because I could not find a picture that provided a clean view of bike/tank, should one be provided, I will gladly make a change.  Tracy suggested that it is possible that any/all of these pictures could disappear should contributors change their photo hosting account...Gerry.
Blaine's tank:
In spite of the time/effort, a number of forum members chose to increase the volumn of the stock TW tank.  The big plus I think would be little concern with handlebar contact when turning, no changes needed to stock mounting and no mods to the original seat.  Concerns are likely skill/cost of welding and labor for the cosmetic work to get a 'finished' look.


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Re: Fuel tank

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 Blaine's  tank.   Given my Bondo sanding experience, I will say, this is going to take time.  The plus side is, you get 3 + gallons of fuel and you don't need to do a 'bunch' of other mods.


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Gastank

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 jefmtbkr's finished tank.  Again, others (Trikester Frank,  Doc ) went with the modded stock tank and I am sure are pleased with the (fuel gain) outcome.



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Re: fueltank

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  Phil's mounting of a Clarke (Husky) tank was kind-of a pioneering effort.  Given the other (Clarke) options, I am not sure that this would be anyones first choice unless the price was right.  Mod required a few 'more' simple changes but if you are looking for more gas,,,,,, this seemed to work fine.


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fueltank

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Husky tank mod for install.  All non-stock tanks seemed to require some very do-able mods to fit the TW frame.  Details within the links.


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Re: reserved

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Mr. eldavo's post seems to have inspire many of us, and provides a wealth of information.   The choice here was to go with another one of Clarke's plastic tanks.  To date, it seems you have a few choices. Unlike others, Eldavo did a tank to seat match.  Other tanks were of course designed around other brands/models. Given seats are generally contoured to the tank, Eldavo's mod mated a seat to match his new tank.  I would have to suspect that this added some extra time/money, but still very do-able.


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Re: reserved

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 Todd's Clarke tank appears to represent a very smooth fit & finish.  Todd was able to comfortably do some mods on the seat (plastic) foundation that allowed it to conform to the new tank contour.  Again with plastic, he got more capacity but had to raise handlebars, change mounts and mod seat foundation.


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Re: reserved

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reserved 7

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Re: larger tank

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Jacmac's Clarke Yamaha 175 tank may be the 'sleeper' in this group.  The report suggests that it is 'little more' than an expanded version of the stock TW tank/easy install.  Note, Clarke does not say TW tank, it is presented as a 175.  Do your homework and proceed accordingly.


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Re: reserved

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reserved 9 175 mount consideration

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Re: reserved

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peruano's stock XT350 steel tank.  Here we change from plastic to steel.  The mods required are generally the same as plastic, but you get the 'strength' of steel and maybe save over the Clarke price if you look for one used.  What you don't get is as much capacity.  With steel, it's generally about 3 gallons, with the Clarke aftermarket plastic, it's about 4.  Here are some hints from Qwerty having installed the same model (not year) on his TW.


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Re:fueltank

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 gizmow's  (ok, I will take the sissy color)  a steel early 90's XT600 tank.  Frame, seat and handlebar height mods.  Again, all do-able but I have a welder.  My advice, should you move towards a 'stock' steel tank, realize that each year likely has some minor changes that will require that you think (a little) outside the previous posters 'box'.  In my opinion, this XT600 is very straight forward and do-able with stock seat.


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extra fuel

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The Koplin tanks have been very popular. Seems the older (smaller) style are no longer available. I believe this is a new version as presented by "JS5owner".

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   10-25-2008, 3:40 AM
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more gas

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Here is the popular 'older' style Koplin unit (Thumper). I understand it may no longer be available. The newer/larger version has been used but size and spout design have been criticised.

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extra tank

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For many, the simplest solutions seem to work the best. There are many variation of this idea, here is Burtonridr's.

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   10-25-2008, 5:06 AM
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extra gas

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A number of posts have suggested that a small amount of extra fuel can be carried in the MSR type campfuel 'bottles'. Here two 22oz containers are held in a pvc tube per ideas presented by forum members.

Well apart for some minor tweeking, I would like to consider this project finished. There is still LOTS of additional information/pictures still 'hidden' away in forum posts. Some pictures I could not capture as they seemed attached to a long string of photos. I read and looked at hundreds of posts related to 'more gas'. My hope was to get a pretty good representation of what seemed to be viable options. Hope this proves to be of value for those still searching..... Thanks, Gerry

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additional fuel

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Here is a product known as "Tourtank". This particular install provided an extra 1 gallon though you can get them larger. Slight 'weeping' at the cap but this can be managed. Gerry

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wow that welding is wild

looks exactly like the top part of a suit of armor!

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Bump to front for the 'New Folks'

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WOW

   Super job setting up this thread. Now I cann't make up my mind which one to do. 

   Thanks for helping out us that have some problems getting around the site.  Great work

   Thanks Again

   Kraig.


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Gerry this has to be one of, if not the most informative post to date.

GREAT JOB!!!!!!!


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Gerry,

Thank you on this post!  Your time, research, and opinions are greatly appreciated and very informative.  I'm still not sure which I will eventually choose.  Although, since my recent mishap with the stock tank, I may find this as an interesting project when the temps get too cold.

thanks again!

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Thanks to all for the acknowledgement. If I had it to do over again, I think I would go with the 4 gallon Clarke. With the Clarke, you get major capacity in one mod. You do not have to worry about rusty tanks and missing/broken caps. With the Clarke you have Todd's example of seat and trim mods that make the switch look really pro. A few of us went steel, but I still feel compelled to keep the Tour Tank full to get that extra gallon (4 gallons total).
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Re: reserved

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While wanting keep this thread active, I clipped a photo of Ben's tank to represent the "ultimate" effort in crafting a container for increasing our TW's fuel carrying capacity.  http://tw200forum.com/forums/7/28918/ShowPost.aspx#28918      Gerry

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My tank mod, not for capacity but for style. its a 7 litre tank from a yamaha RD250 from the early 70's


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