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Old 10-31-2018, 09:52 PM   #1
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Plastic tanks and ethanol

Just wanted some input from you guys regarding plastic tanks and ethanol. Anyone have coating experience? Or just use stabilizers? I have a tank that has expanded quite a bit and I purchased a brand new tank and trying to decide what course to take with it.
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Run non ethanol fuel.
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Old 11-01-2018, 08:00 AM   #3
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Here is the compatibility for the materials:

Alcohols: Ethyl
Material: Plastic

B(1) - Good: Minor Effect, slight corrosion, or discoloration. Satisfactory to 72F.
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I picked up an 07 monster and just got a new tank. Their tanks are nylon and I am trying to decide if I should attempt to coast it with Caswelling or just leave little fuel and stabilizer in it.
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I coated my new Speed Triple tank(MY2000) and think it's the only way to go. Ethanol sucks
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I used Caswell on my new Aprilia tank as the old one expanded due to the ethanol.
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Have you guys had any issues with the coating? I've heard people say it can peel and ruin your fuel system. How long have your tanks been coated? Would you definitely recommend?
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My tank expanded so I made an adjustable bracket to alow for expansion..
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Have you guys had any issues with the coating? I've heard people say it can peel and ruin your fuel system. How long have your tanks been coated? Would you definitely recommend?
It's been a couple years now. The stuff is like glass, not the old "Creem"
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Fuel stabilizer won't stop ethanol from making the tank swell.
Lining the tank is risky. If it is done RIGHT, it'll probably be ok. You have to ask yourself, are you going to do it right? Can you do it right?

Then ya gotta wonder, how long, will a coating last? Forever? Will it someday start to come unstuck?
What if the tank gets dented or just gets a hard enough impact to make it flex?

The only long term solution, IMHO, is non-ethanol gas. It's a pain, but it's available. Small towns away from big cities still sell it. There is an easier but more expensive option, race gas.
Your idea of keeping the tank nearly empty will help. That's what I did with my Ducati, along with non-ethanol gas I bought in east Texas.

The problem is American gas. In Europe they don't use ethanol so the plastic tanks work fine. The mfr's just sell the same tanks here that they do in Europe but downplay what our gas does to them.

Ducati got sued and lost. They had to replace tanks on certain bikes up to a certain date. That's all expired so you are left on your own.
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I've got the same swelling issues on both the '06 Triumph Sprints I've had. Slotting the rear mount so it fits a little better is something I hadn't really considered, but I'll take a look at it tonight.
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I've got the same swelling issues on both the '06 Triumph Sprints I've had. Slotting the rear mount so it fits a little better is something I hadn't really considered, but I'll take a look at it tonight.
In essence what I did... Works great
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