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Old November 30th, 2012, 04:35 PM   #1
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carbon fiber gas tank?

so ive had issues with the OEM gas tank expanding, and now ive found a few 848 carbon fiber tanks on EBAY for ~$500.

Are these prone to expanding as well, and will the 848 tank fit my 1198?

and yes, ive had the dealer replace it for free but they warned this would continue happening with OEM.
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Old November 30th, 2012, 04:41 PM   #2
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Unless you are set on a CF tank, you can get your OEM tank coated and not have any future expansion worries (from what people have said). Cost is about $200 or so at the dealer or much cheaper (same coating) if you do-it-yourself.
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Old November 30th, 2012, 04:49 PM   #3
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Cf tanks are prone to leaking unless coated. So you are out coating costs regardless.
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Old November 30th, 2012, 04:55 PM   #4
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Beware of cheap carbon tanks Ducs. Ya get what you pay for..... A friend of mine bought a cheap one from ebay and it leaked severely half way through our first ride. It took two treatments of the internal sealer (at $96 per kit) to finally stop it leaking. With the 2 coats of sealer it is now as heavy as the original plastic one! More frustration than it was worth IMO.

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Old November 30th, 2012, 05:43 PM   #5
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What about the Kevlar tanks? Plus does someone else besides Ducati make a aluminum tank?
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Old November 30th, 2012, 06:04 PM   #6
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I've used Carbon/Kevlar tanks exclusively on my Ducati's since day one. No leaks and are super durable and 5lb lighter in the case of the 1198.

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Old December 1st, 2012, 08:51 AM   #7
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Just ordered the ETI for mine as well. Based on discussions and observations over the last few years, ETI has a good product. Wasn't looking into an Aluminum version due to denting and or repairs down the road. However, the Aluminum does look good. Really been wanting this tank more than any other mod, due to the paltry amount of fuel in the stock tank. Seriously, friggin 4.3 gallons? What a joke. Well, now I can do better than 170 miles between fill ups.
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I have a CF tank on my 1198...not uber happy with it. I will be switching over to an aluminum one this winter while im not riding.

To answer your question about expanding though, they dont. Fitment and sealing the pump and gas cap is a pita. Otherwise the fitment of the tank in general is fine.

Someone else already said it but i wouldnt even bother with the CF tanks on ebay.
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Old December 1st, 2012, 07:24 PM   #9
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I've used Carbon/Kevlar tanks exclusively on my Ducati's since day one. No leaks and are super durable and 5lb lighter in the case of the 1198.

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Went through two ETI tanks. Both leaked taking my paint job with it- both times.

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Old December 2nd, 2012, 11:27 AM   #10
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Went through two ETI tanks. Both leaked taking my paint job with it- both times.
Huh, I had three and two of them were crashed, never had an issue with leaking. Mind you, they were the newest version from 2008/2009. He hasn't really changed much since then. I know he had issues with the older style caps, but resolved that with the newer ones.

Maybe because I never had a full tank, I never saw the issues?
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Huh, I had three and two of them were crashed, never had an issue with leaking. Mind you, they were the newest version from 2008/2009. He hasn't really changed much since then. I know he had issues with the older style caps, but resolved that with the newer ones.

Maybe because I never had a full tank, I never saw the issues?
My ETI tank leaked from the bottom.

I had a CDT carbon fiber tank that leaked from the fuel cap.

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So who's lying, tye or motowheels? Do they leak or not? Answer me!!
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Old December 10th, 2012, 10:31 PM   #13
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Nobody is lying... each tank is hand made and sometimes stuff happens. My three tanks never leaked, but no two tanks are identical, so there might have been a manufacturing issue with Martin's tank. I have been involved with the Ducati racing community for quite a while and the ETI Fuel Cell's are used across the country in MANY different championships as the ONLY tank of choice. Trust me, they work fine and if there are issues, John will fix'em up for ya right away. Good luck getting that kind customer service from Ducati! heh
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I would trust motowheels. They are a very repuitable company.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 09:12 AM   #15
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I would trust motowheels. They are a very repuitable company.
So don't trust the guy who makes them and the satisfied customers plastered all over his web site?

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