It might be ever so slightly better, but not much. It's also possible that another 3 months by the pellet stove might help. Riding season will be here in 2-3 weeks and I just can't wait that long.
It's amazing that with all the technology available in the world, there isn't an ethanol proof plastic tank or a form of automotive grade metal immune to corrosion.
Don't remove your tank, move yourself:
Alaska: All stations dispense ethanol-free gasoline.
Alberta, Nova Scotia: All stations dispense ethanol-free gasoline. Some also dispense E10, so check the pump.
British Columbia: all 94-octane Chevron fuel is ethanol-free.
Seriously, no researcher who is not related to the energy industry or petroleum industry or corn industry will tell you that ethanol is a viable additive to reduce green house gases. Go look up Amy Meyers Jaffe, a brilliant and very attractive energy policy expert.
Another reason for ethanol is there are 21 agricultural states= 42 senators in the US Senate. They want ethanol (comes from corn) so they will have it.
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The tank's not the problem. It's the fuel we're now stuck with.
The latest Guzzis that just arrived in the US have steel tanks.
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Was out to the local BMW/Ducati/Triumph shop. They offer an epoxy coating service(think it was $300) for any new Ducati. The Diavel now has a steel cover over a plastic tank. At least ya can't see it swell and there's no paint to blister.
My '08 1200 Sport has a plastic tank. It's swelling, but the shape of it and the way it's mounted mean it isn't getting loose or hitting anything as it gets bigger. It does have a couple of 'pimples' on the top though. Not blisters between the paint and tank, just small bumps.
I like the idea of plastic for a tank, the fact there is no rust ever and it won't dent when you hit it with your knee, but sadly it just doesn't work with our fuel.
2008 RSV 1000 R, platinum/charcoal/red
Akrapovic full system, BST carbon fiber wheels, NERA top triple clamp, Aprilia accessory rear sets, AF1 Ti bolt kit, etc. etc...
2008 Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport, black... and stock for now
2007 Ducati GT 1000, red
Showa forks, Sachs shocks, Termignoni kit, lots more
If coated properly from the factory, steel tanks do not have to rust. They will dent though if made too thin to save weight.
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Futura, Silver, 2002. Silver wheels. Staintunes + H-pipe. Evoluzione clutch slave. Michelin Pilot Road 2. R & G's. Electrex reg/rect. 15-t front sprocket
Mine has always been a tight fit. If it swells at all, it'll be a fight to get those front screws in. As it is, I have to pull back hard to get it to clear the stem.
Apparently, Ducati's fix was to make the newer tanks a bit shorter and leave some room for growth - good Grief. The Duc's tanks have been porous enough to allow fuel to seep thru to the paint. Comically, the paint is more resistant than the plastic.
[QUOTE=RAS;3061143]Odd that the older (before 05-ish) plastic tanks are not having anywhere near the issues of the newer ones. Can't recall anyone on the Futura forum complaining about anymore than a very slight change in length. Certainly no blisters.
Sad, huh? Partly, the emissions plumbing (now removed) may have had something to do with the blister (expanding/contracting due to no way for the pressure to vent??)
but I've had to bend the AF1 quick-release studs back at about 15 - 20 degrees, THEN pry the tank down past the steering head, because it's now too big.
Next step is to elongate the hinge where the tank pivots at the back.
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I'm upset only with the politicians and big Agro-business for thrusting this upon us all. Ethanol should be in our whiskeys, not our gasoline.
You hit the nail on the head RAS
Deforming, so as to inhibit bolting at the front, and tank pimples are happening on Futura's.
Nothing too gross tho', yet.
'02 Futura, Blue