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post #1 of 603 (permalink) Old Nov 13th, 2008, 6:02 pm Thread Starter
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Out Of Warranty Spreading Tank Problems

Have any owners tried to get Ducati to replace or repair spreading tanks (tanks that are loose or no longer fit in the front brackets) after the bike is no longer under warranty? What has been Ducati's response?

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This will be the third active thread regarding the defective fuel tanks. Maybe we should pick one fuel tank thread for simplicity?

Anyway, my dealer said the tanks are not covered after warranty and they cost $1900.

I have an extended warranty that lists "fuel tank" under "carbueration" as being a covered item. Exactly what that means I'm not sure.

I submitted the issue about the fuel tanks not being covered to DNA today and also filed a complaint to NHTSA.

Here's the link: https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/Consumer.cfm

I love my GT and have no regrets but don't like the idea of having to spend $1900 on part that is defective out of the factory.

I'm hoping that if we all keep up the pressure Ducati will give in and replace these tanks as needed or come up with a better tank and recall them.

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Complant filed here, too. I doubt if we can get a stick on this one, so let's keep it alive.

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Anyway, my dealer said the tanks are not covered after warranty and they cost $1900.
I would push the dealer and Ducati on that. This is not simply a part that breaks. It is a flawed design issue. Ducati needs to step up to the plate and fix the bad tanks.

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I submitted the issue about the fuel tanks not being covered to DNA today and also filed a complaint to NHTSA.

Here's the link: https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/Consumer.cfm
Excellent! Thank you for the URL. I, too, have reported the problem using the link provided.

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PS - I am creating a 'sticky' for this thread. If everyone who has this problem reports it we may see an appropriate response from Ducati.

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I shimmed my tank brackets out as shown on (http://www.webbikeworld.com/ducati-m...000/fuel-tank/) with 3 washers on each side and while the tank is still a bit loose at least it is being supported better than before.

I went ahead and filed a complaint with NHTSA so hopefully Ducati N.A. comes in with a replacement tank soon.
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I just filed my complaint.
My tank has spread so that it is loose, but not quite able to come out of the brackets. I hadn't really thought it was a problem until I read a poster's comment that it could break loose during an accident...

Since i flipped my bike last summer I realize this could present a very real danger.
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I just filed my complaint.
My tank has spread so that it is loose, but not quite able to come out of the brackets. I hadn't really thought it was a problem until I read a poster's comment that it could break loose during an accident...

Since i flipped my bike last summer I realize this could present a very real danger.
My tank was so loose that we shimmed it up at the dealer. It seems very tight, with a little play. The worry is that if the tank is that loose, it could just come off at speed as well. You'd better get to work on building some tanks! If they are half as nice as your huggers, we'd all be OK.

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post #9 of 603 (permalink) Old Nov 15th, 2008, 12:05 am
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DNA good will

I bought my 06 used a few monthes back and the warrenty expired this past july.
I contacted my local Duc dealer and explained my loose tank issue.
they advised me to bring the bike in to them. upon inspection they notified there rep and 8 weeks past but my new tank finally arrived.
I was told that DNA replaced it under "good will".
i was responsible for the labor cost. I didnt complain and paid on the spot.
Its been 2 weeks since my new tank was installed and i am noticing the tank is getting loose.

Im now dreaming about after market aluminum in the future.
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Has anyone in Europe been affected by the dreaded tank issue?
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