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Old March 27th, 2012, 06:02 PM   #1
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Fuel tank expanding problem?

Did the 848 evo or the corse remedy the expanding fuel tank problem?
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Old March 27th, 2012, 06:14 PM   #2
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No they did not.
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Old March 27th, 2012, 06:37 PM   #3
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Unless it comes with an aluminum tank then it's still a problem...
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Old March 29th, 2012, 06:11 PM   #4
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coating the tank is about all you can do, about 200 to 300 and it will probably just delay the issue.
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Old March 29th, 2012, 08:33 PM   #5
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I'm starting to see paint bubbles just inside the tank between the lid and metal filler housing. My expansion is very minimal, but its pushing against the fuel cap area. I'm also seeing the effects of the fuel pressure via leaking gas thru the gas cap area and thru the fuel run-off line. I've started to work the issue with a local Ducati dealership. So far they removed the evap/emmissions regulator.

When I do get my new tank...I plan on using a product from Caswell (40 bucks) to epoxy the inside of the tank. This eposy was designed to protect against highly caustic products, so i'm hoping for the best. I really don't want to spend 2K on an aluminum tank
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Old March 29th, 2012, 10:00 PM   #6
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Same plastic tank. T markus customs in hollywood ca did a great job with the coating in my tank on my monster, so I'm propbably going to do the 848 as well. also ETI makes a kevlar tank with expanded capacity for about $1500, that I'm saving up for now
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Old March 30th, 2012, 10:33 AM   #7
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I've been seeing some reports of Caswell coated tanks failing as well, I hope it's improper application and not product degradation.
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Old March 30th, 2012, 11:06 AM   #8
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There are many products and applications out there, I went with one that my dealer has the best luck with, and the service manager uses on his own bikes. Typically from what I've head- it's the lack/impropper prep of the inside of the tank that keeps the epoxy from adhering that leads to failure. The biggest issue that I've heard of with the superbikes is that it does reduce tank capacity a bit, and additionaly the 2012 tanks are actually smaller to allow for expansion, so you will reduce your already lacking fuel range.
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Old March 30th, 2012, 12:16 PM   #9
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Actually the tank is of the new size slightly smaller because it wasn't small enough .....I'm planning a bigger one eventually.
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Old March 30th, 2012, 03:00 PM   #10
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Anyone ever try the ethanol treatment from the makers of stabil? I'm lucky enough to have no problems with my tank as of yet. If anything did happen the new tank would only be on the bike to get it home and then it would be sold to help cut the cost of the aluminum tank.
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Old March 30th, 2012, 03:26 PM   #11
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The issue seems to be a bigger problem in southern and western states that have more ethanol and MTBE in their fuels due to pollution issues and hot summers. Like I said earlier- I'm going for the ETI tank because it's lighter, less expensive than the stock and the ducati aluminum tanks (and doesn't dent). And It's going to be another $500 to get it painted for my corse, so I'l have a lighter painted tank with antislosh foam for the price of bare aluminum with a ducati parts tag on it.

It's under warranty and Ducati has been pretty good about replacing them (although it shouldn't happen in the first place) but I really don't want to be without my bike while I wait for parts and approval, and It will be nice to have the stocker as a spare in case I have a bad track day.
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Old March 30th, 2012, 06:23 PM   #12
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$500 for paint? Time to get yourself a new painter. I had mine done by a very top quality painter in red for less than $200 in Hawaii (where everything is more expensive).
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Old March 30th, 2012, 06:39 PM   #13
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Who started the rumor that Ducati is using smaller tanks? The tanks are currently 4.1 gallons. They have always been 4.1 gallon tanks. The only reason the replacement tanks appear smaller is because the old expanded tank was physically "bigger". The capacity hasn't changed though.

The replacement tanks are still the same tanks they have always been.
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Old March 30th, 2012, 06:58 PM   #14
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How long did it take for everyone's tanks to start deforming?
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Old March 30th, 2012, 09:02 PM   #15
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Ducati started the rumor. They changed the tank dimensions so that it wouldn't press the key guard when they expand.
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