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October 25th, 2008, 05:06 PM   #1
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'09 Subframe fuel tank ??

Had my first look at an '09 450 in the flesh yesterday. The rear plastic subframe is quite large and is hollow. While it has a number of bolts holes with attachments going into it, it did seem like there is a lot of potential to make it fuel tight

If that could be done and plumbed into the main tank, it could easliy hold another 5 -7 litres by the look of it. That would be a great thing to be able to get 13 - 15 L out of the bike with the stock bodywork. The material of the subframe looks the same as the main tank itself.

Anyone out there have any thoughts on the practicalities of this

I wont get a chance to take a bike apart for another 2 weeks yet, Soooo if you have one and are pulling it apart at all, let me know what you think.
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October 25th, 2008, 10:21 PM   #2
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Gazza,once again your right on track with what has been talked about for additional

capacity!! Hope to get something started on this issue next week!!!

I will report back to your thread as soon as possible.Thank's for all the rally data

given for all to read, I find it to be the most exciting format of racing for testing bike &

rider alike.I sure hope this added tank capacity issue will get solved in short order so

we will be able to compete in all types of off road adventures with our new technical

weapon!
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October 25th, 2008, 10:30 PM   #3
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Hi Rick, yeah keep me posted with what you find or come up with.

It wont be enough for rallye racing as we will still need a minimum fuel range of 250km, so we are still going ahead to make a main tank that will get us up to 22 - 23 litres all up, but it would help a lot to use that space for better distribution and reduce the size of the tank up front. Cheers
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October 25th, 2008, 11:06 PM   #4
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Ok,Hey Gazza is auqualine going to be the ones who will make the larger tank?

I purchased there 7.9 gallon tank for my super enduro 950 & could not have asked

for anything better!!!! Very impressed with there quality,look & fitment!!
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Originally Posted by BOSS
Ok,Hey Gazza is auqualine going to be the ones who will make the larger tank?

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that's the plan soon as we can get a bike to them to check it out etc.
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Thank you!
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October 25th, 2008, 11:14 PM   #7
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They are keen to have a go at it and we should be able to get them a bike in the next couple of weeks to measure up etc for doing the moulds.
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One more thing Gazza . Is a six gallon tank what you are looking for to be on the safe

side?
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Not sure about the conversion to your US gallons, but we need about 22 - 24 litres in total, something about that size.
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Originally Posted by Gazza
Not sure about the conversion to your US gallons, but we need about 22 - 24 litres in total, something about that size.
Found a conversion chart on this site. http://www.thetipsbank.com/convert.htm

6 Gallon = 22,7 Litres
6,5 Gallon = 24,6 Litres
1 Gallon = 3,785 Litres

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