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I just received my alloy tank and I was wondering if it has to be lined?
 

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Maybe a good rinse through with fresh gas, but that’s it.
 

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quote:Originally posted by Whitehurst

I just received my alloy tank and I was wondering if it has to be lined?
Whom did you get it from?

Can you post a pic of it?

Did vendor pressure test it and if so, did he provide the documentation?
 

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quote:Originally posted by Whitehurst

I just received my alloy tank and I was wondering if it has to be lined?
Whom did you get it from?

Can you post a pic of it?

Did vendor pressure test it and if so, did he provide the documentation?
 

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I got it from TabII.
As far as I know he did not pressure test it but I could be wrong.

I have always wanted an alloy tank. Literally for over 25 years and now I have one, Im very excited to say the least!

Here is a mock up of it today. My friend and I ripped my wiring harness out of my bike to do a custom one in order to free up the handle bar controls and simplify things.

 

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I got it from TabII.
As far as I know he did not pressure test it but I could be wrong.

I have always wanted an alloy tank. Literally for over 25 years and now I have one, Im very excited to say the least!

Here is a mock up of it today. My friend and I ripped my wiring harness out of my bike to do a custom one in order to free up the handle bar controls and simplify things.

 

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I have a passion for aluminium tanks. I've spent stupid money on them, too. Hells-bells- I had Even Wilcox make one for my stinky little CB400F. Worth more than the whole bike for cryin out loud.

I don't think they need to be pressure tested, nor lined. But jeezloweeze- they sure dent easy.

My screen is kind of dark- what bike is that?
 

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I have a passion for aluminium tanks. I've spent stupid money on them, too. Hells-bells- I had Even Wilcox make one for my stinky little CB400F. Worth more than the whole bike for cryin out loud.

I don't think they need to be pressure tested, nor lined. But jeezloweeze- they sure dent easy.

My screen is kind of dark- what bike is that?
 

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really...what sort of pressure is really in there? its vented for cryin out loud.
 

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really...what sort of pressure is really in there? its vented for cryin out loud.
 

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you guys are putting me on.

Pressure testing is basically pressurizing the tank with 5psi of air and submerging it in a tank of water to check for leaks. For a tank I would do this at home, because if you take it to a rad shop they are going to dunk your tank into a large bath of antifreeze. Anyway, go to home depot and buy a bunch of rubber plugs. then go the bicycle store and get a screw in air valve (you might be able to get on at home depot in the air compressor section). Anyway, take the plug you are going to use for the filler cap and insert the air valve and then silicone around where it meets the plug so it doesn't leak. Plug up all the other known holes in your tank (vent, petcock) and submerge the tank in your bathtub so that only the air valve is above the surface. then take a bicycle pump and pump the tank with 5 psi pressure and hold it. If the tank is taking in water or not pressurizing up then either you didn't plug something right or there is a large hole. If it is bleeding out slowly and there is a stream of bubbles coming from where there shouldn't be - then it is time to call up who made the tank and complain/rant/ask for refund/or toss a liner in it.

I am 90% sure if you bought from a reputable company that they pressure tested the tank before sending it out because it is 10 min of cheap insurance. however it is always better to find out with water and bubbles than a pissing stream of gas on to your leg that your tank wasn't welded right.
 

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you guys are putting me on.

Pressure testing is basically pressurizing the tank with 5psi of air and submerging it in a tank of water to check for leaks. For a tank I would do this at home, because if you take it to a rad shop they are going to dunk your tank into a large bath of antifreeze. Anyway, go to home depot and buy a bunch of rubber plugs. then go the bicycle store and get a screw in air valve (you might be able to get on at home depot in the air compressor section). Anyway, take the plug you are going to use for the filler cap and insert the air valve and then silicone around where it meets the plug so it doesn't leak. Plug up all the other known holes in your tank (vent, petcock) and submerge the tank in your bathtub so that only the air valve is above the surface. then take a bicycle pump and pump the tank with 5 psi pressure and hold it. If the tank is taking in water or not pressurizing up then either you didn't plug something right or there is a large hole. If it is bleeding out slowly and there is a stream of bubbles coming from where there shouldn't be - then it is time to call up who made the tank and complain/rant/ask for refund/or toss a liner in it.

I am 90% sure if you bought from a reputable company that they pressure tested the tank before sending it out because it is 10 min of cheap insurance. however it is always better to find out with water and bubbles than a pissing stream of gas on to your leg that your tank wasn't welded right.
 

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Before checking it yourself, I would just call up the maker and ask him if it was pressure checked or not. Of course if you bought it off shore that is easier said than done.

On another note, if you have an alloy tank w/o knee dents, and it got dented, could you pop out the dents using the air method Geeto described??
 

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Before checking it yourself, I would just call up the maker and ask him if it was pressure checked or not. Of course if you bought it off shore that is easier said than done.

On another note, if you have an alloy tank w/o knee dents, and it got dented, could you pop out the dents using the air method Geeto described??
 

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quote:Originally posted by Whitehurst

I got it from TabII.
TabII??? Could you give us a link please. I tried Google but no luck.
I'd like to go the alloy tank route with my GSXR. I've looked at "The Tank Shop" over in the UK, and e-mailed Roc city, so there are two options.
 

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quote:Originally posted by Whitehurst

I got it from TabII.
TabII??? Could you give us a link please. I tried Google but no luck.
I'd like to go the alloy tank route with my GSXR. I've looked at "The Tank Shop" over in the UK, and e-mailed Roc city, so there are two options.
 
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