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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 09-14-2010, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy My plastic tank failed (cracked) - '04 RS

I haven't posted here in a while, and I'm sad that it's news like this that prompts me to post:





I've been recovering from a broken left foot (from bouncing a DR650 off of it) and hadn't ridden the Sprint for about 7 weeks. It was about 3/4 full of Ethanol-containing fuel, and had been sitting in our non-climate-controlled garage during one of our hottest summers on record. It is not leaking from the crack (at least not yet).

I'm so bummed, and none of my options seems appealing. New tank - at least $800. Used tank off eBay - $200-400, and what if that one fails too? Buy a plastic welder for $230 and some rods (polyamide?) and have to strip the outside, clean the inside, repaint, new decals - yuck, and what if I don't get the inside clean enough and an explosion ensues, or what if the other side cracks a couple of months later? Part the bike out on eBay - don't have the time or energy for that, and I love the bike!

What to do, what to do?

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Is the tank original? As in not painted by anyone by Triumph. Call triumph about it as a gas tank should not fail due to containing fuel. That 10% ethanol should not effect it.

I would not bother trying to repair this one as you are only seeing the failed areas, I'm sure other areas are almost as bad.
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I just had a quick on eBay and tanks start a $49, non blue but if you repaint make sure the correct paint is used.
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Is the tank original? As in not painted by anyone by Triumph. Call triumph about it as a gas tank should not fail due to containing fuel. That 10% ethanol should not effect it.

I would not bother trying to repair this one as you are only seeing the failed areas, I'm sure other areas are almost as bad.
I'm the third owner, but to my knowledge it has original paint on the tank. I'll contact Peter at Triumph North America. Thanks.

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I just had a quick on eBay and tanks start a $49, non blue but if you repaint make sure the correct paint is used.
I've used some of the Color Rite paint before on the side panels. I believe it has a flex additive already which would be needed on a tank, but I need to double check that.

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Ethanol SUCKS! It attacked my perfect 38 yr old fiberglass Norton tank. Call Triumph. Ducati is having a problem with plastic tanks. Triumph has gone back to steel tanks.

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Wow I've never seen anything like that Laura!

We get pretty hot summers here but we still have a choice about ethanol fuel and I never use it.

Please keep us posted with how you get on and good luck.

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Holy smokes that is nuts. Glad my D675 tank is metal. I'd think that is a freak deal and you'd be ok finding one on ebay and using it. I'd say not to worry about color to much as painting it shouldn't be to expensive if you do the prep work your self. And decals are quite cheap from alloutgraphics.com

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Have you looked at the inside of the tank? I'm thinking it was a patch. Especially since it is right where a 'drop' would damage the tank.

It's a goner, no matter what the cause.

There has been an 'Aluminium Silver' one for sale in San Diego (asking $75) for at least a year. Shipping to SC would be a bear, though.
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Laura,
I have never seen anything like that either. That being said the tank is dual lined and has to be so it doesnt spill in a wreck. That can be repaired but it is very unusual. It wouldn't be caused by the ethanol since it is dual lined.

My 1974 Corvette has a few cracks on it like that and it is caused bu the UV rays attacking the fiberglass. Not uncommon on a 36 year old machine but rare to unheard of with moden plastics. Ethanol is not new and has been in fuel for well over 10 years now.
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