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post #31 of 212 (permalink) Old Sep 19th, 2010, 11:38 pm
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Here is the pic from the right side of the tank. I suck with a camera...
Mine looks like that as well...

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post #32 of 212 (permalink) Old Sep 20th, 2010, 7:42 am
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Looked at mine closely this weekend....

Its starting to touch the rad. cap, slight bulging on the sides, some weird small round dimpling in certain areas..

I need to get the pictures... Sadly only 1400 miles.
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I am getting my new tank installed today, and my dealer is going to use this thread when he goes to his dealer meeting this week. He said that they are looking into the problem, and that he would like them to see just how big of a problem it is.

So far here, we are looking at more than 1/3 of the bikes out there are having these issues. Granted, this is just one forum, but the results are pretty consistent and if you extrapolate that across all the bikes sold, its considerable.

I will get a pic of the radiator cap gouging the inside of the tank later this afternoon.

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Besides all of that let's not forget that Ducati did not do something wrong. It's us here in the USA that have this crap in the fuel, from what I hear the tank issues does not show up in most other parts of the world.

So if Ducati takes care of it and tries to resolve this from happening and is replacing tanks in the mean time ( big $$$ for them) then I would say they doing the best they can right now.

That's something we all should not forget so quickly.

I like them to stick around as a manufacturer of some very exciting motorcycles and to be there for many many many years to come, at some point they could take the easy route out and I don't think anybody of us would like that very much...................


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post #35 of 212 (permalink) Old Sep 22nd, 2010, 12:04 am
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Get them coated

When you get the new tanks get them coated on the inside.
Save youself and ducati the hassel. You know the new tank is going to do the same thing, spend the 200 bucks and get it done. Sure they should come that way but they don't. At least ducati is replacing them. Its not really their
fault we have ethonol in our fuel. For now it is the only answer. You spend thousands on carbon and a keychain whats a couple hundred bucks to fix the problem for good?
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just recently we have been getting many calls and emails for coating the SF tanks.
We have done numerous Sport Classic, Monster, 1098/848, and Multistrada tanks in the past 24 plus months and 100 Plus tanks sealed so far with no returning issues.
Now the SF owners are really coming around to getting it coated professionally.
I have had my personal SC Paul Smart tank coated since early January and it has not budged or expanded. I can leave a full tank in the bike for weeks and no problems
Some SF owners are having the existing tank coated and other are sending them right out of the box when they receive their replacement tanks.
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These tanks will shrink back if the gas is removed and the tank washed out and hung in a dry well ventilated place. surface or aesthetic bulges, paint blister or cracks will not disappear but can be painted but why go to that trouble when you can get a replacement.
you have til 5 years or 30,000Km (18,620 mile) to keep getting a replacement. after 5/30 they may not.
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When you get the new tanks get them coated on the inside.
Save youself and ducati the hassel. You know the new tank is going to do the same thing, spend the 200 bucks and get it done. Sure they should come that way but they don't. At least ducati is replacing them. Its not really their
fault we have ethonol in our fuel. For now it is the only answer. You spend thousands on carbon and a keychain whats a couple hundred bucks to fix the problem for good?

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fault we have ethonol in our fuel.
Huh? Of course they should know what kind of gas is in (probably) their largest market. If they don't there is something really wrong inside that company. Where in the manual does it say that if you use ethanol gas that your tank might expand and become non-operational?

The tank issue, if it IS because of ethanol, is 100% their responsibility and they need to step up and fix it - period.
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When you get the new tanks get them coated on the inside.
Save youself and ducati the hassel. You know the new tank is going to do the same thing, spend the 200 bucks and get it done. Sure they should come that way but they don't. At least ducati is replacing them. Its not really their
fault we have ethonol in our fuel. For now it is the only answer. You spend thousands on carbon and a keychain whats a couple hundred bucks to fix the problem for good?
The US is one of their largest markets. It is not their fault that we use Ethanol, but they are fully aware of it and should take steps to correct it for the US imported bikes.

Look at it this way... If GM sold a car that for whatever reason, in Europe, 40% of the cars sold had the paint peel off due to acid rain or something(just making an example), don't you think that once it was well-known what the issue was, that they would perhaps use a different paint or sealant on the cars that they sent to Europe?

Sure, environmental issues there are not the fault of GM, but if so many of their cars there develop a consistent problem and they know the culprit, wouldn't they be remiss to ignore it and keep having the problem?

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The US is one of their largest markets. It is not their fault that we use Ethanol, but they are fully aware of it and should take steps to correct it for the US imported bikes.

Look at it this way... If GM sold a car that for whatever reason, in Europe, 40% of the cars sold had the paint peel off due to acid rain or something(just making an example), don't you think that once it was well-known what the issue was, that they would perhaps use a different paint or sealant on the cars that they sent to Europe?

Sure, environmental issues there are not the fault of GM, but if so many of their cars there develop a consistent problem and they know the culprit, wouldn't they be remiss to ignore it and keep having the problem?
I do not disagree but i if you know you have acid rain and that your paint will fall off again when gm sends you a new warrenteed car with the shinny new paint job would'nt it be worth while to spend $225.00 on a special clearcoat and you would not have to worry about it no more? That is all i am saying.
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I do not disagree but i if you know you have acid rain and that your paint will fall off again when gm sends you a new warrenteed car with the shinny new paint job would'nt it be worth while to spend $225.00 on a special clearcoat and you would not have to worry about it no more? That is all i am saying.
So you think that the cost of addressing what is in essence a defective product, should be transferred to the owner, when the vehicle is under warranty?

Do you work for DNA?

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