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Tank spreading permanent fix?

So....is there a permanent fix for this? I'd love to get an SC, but if i'm gonna have a love-hate relationship with it, I'm gonna have a hard time.

I never had that with my previous Duc and I am Ducatista for life....but I don't wanna spoil the memories....ya know?
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There's lotsa chatter about this issue here, but here's the Reader's Digest version of the "permanent fix".

Since many people have had their plastic tanks replaced at least once, Ducati will supposedly have a metal one available in the next few months. Since the issue is considered one that's covered by Ducati's 5 year emissions system warranty, you won't have to worry about getting a spreading tank warrantied if the regular 2 year warranty is up.

It seems that most dealers won't replace one they believe can be fixed by shimming, so how easy it is to warranty one is largely dependent on the dealer.

Based on the most popular theory that ethanol gas is the culprit, some here have lined their tanks to prevent spreading, and there's plenty of info here on the details of that. Other's have recently been using additives designed to prevent the ethanol from working its alleged evil.

Also, it's important to remember that not everyone has had a spreading tank, although I think those that have outnumber those of us who haven't by 2 to 1 or more.

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There's lotsa chatter about this issue here, but here's the Reader's Digest version of the "permanent fix".

Since many people have had their plastic tanks replaced at least once, Ducati will supposedly have a metal one available in the next few months. Since the issue is considered one that's covered by Ducati's 5 year emissions system warranty, you won't have to worry about getting a spreading tank warrantied if the regular 2 year warranty is up.

It seems that most dealers won't replace one they believe can be fixed by shimming, so how easy it is to warranty one is largely dependent on the dealer.

Based on the most popular theory that ethanol gas is the culprit, some here have lined their tanks to prevent spreading, and there's plenty of info here on the details of that. Other's have recently been using additives designed to prevent the ethanol from working its alleged evil.

Also, it's important to remember that not everyone has had a spreading tank, although I think those that have outnumber those of us who haven't by 2 to 1 or more.
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Where is this info about a metal tank coming from? I haven't seen that.

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Yeah where are you getting this information? That would be great if this is true. I also worry about my tank if I have to get mine replaced from ducati I will look into getting the tank coated. I heard that will fix the problem. But hat is also around $300 to do that.

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There's lotsa chatter about this issue here, but here's the Reader's Digest version of the "permanent fix".

Since many people have had their plastic tanks replaced at least once, Ducati will supposedly have a metal one available in the next few months. Since the issue is considered one that's covered by Ducati's 5 year emissions system warranty, you won't have to worry about getting a spreading tank warrantied if the regular 2 year warranty is up.

It seems that most dealers won't replace one they believe can be fixed by shimming, so how easy it is to warranty one is largely dependent on the dealer.

Based on the most popular theory that ethanol gas is the culprit, some here have lined their tanks to prevent spreading, and there's plenty of info here on the details of that. Other's have recently been using additives designed to prevent the ethanol from working its alleged evil.

Also, it's important to remember that not everyone has had a spreading tank, although I think those that have outnumber those of us who haven't by 2 to 1 or more.
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Do we really another thread on this subject? There are already two sticky threads.

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I also worry about my tank if I have to get mine replaced from ducati I will look into getting the tank coated. I heard that will fix the problem.
My concern with this is long term flaking.

The classic tank coating is Kreem, although newer epoxy-based products are available. To my knowledge these are designed to be used on metal tanks, and even then only after an etching compound has been used to create a surface that the coating can bind with. Without that the coating can flake off leaving you with a worse problem than you started with.

Are plastic tanks "etchable?" Will the coatings adhere long-term to a slick plastic surface?

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So far we have done 50 plus tanks and none have spread or failed.
If done properly our coating will do what it's supposed to do. It was designed for multiple types of tanks.
If the coating fails we'll redo it for free.

Kreem is really not for our tanks and I would not recommend it.
There are other types of coatings that we use and they too will hold up but the method we are using so far is the best

I would think DNA will eventually look into this method to correct the tank problem.

Ducati dealers that offer this service are now charging $250
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My concern with this is long term flaking.

The classic tank coating is Kreem, although newer epoxy-based products are available. To my knowledge these are designed to be used on metal tanks, and even then only after an etching compound has been used to create a surface that the coating can bind with. Without that the coating can flake off leaving you with a worse problem than you started with.

Are plastic tanks "etchable?" Will the coatings adhere long-term to a slick plastic surface?

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$250 to fix my defective tank. Does not make cents...

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Sorry for the repost My phone did something weird. My bad.

Yeah where are you getting this information? That would be great if this is true. I also worry about my tank if I have to get mine replaced from ducati I will look into getting the tank coated. I heard that will fix the problem. But hat is also around $300 to do that.

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There's lotsa chatter about this issue here, but here's the Reader's Digest version of the "permanent fix".

Since many people have had their plastic tanks replaced at least once, Ducati will supposedly have a metal one available in the next few months. Since the issue is considered one that's covered by Ducati's 5 year emissions system warranty, you won't have to worry about getting a spreading tank warrantied if the regular 2 year warranty is up.

It seems that most dealers won't replace one they believe can be fixed by shimming, so how easy it is to warranty one is largely dependent on the dealer.

Based on the most popular theory that ethanol gas is the culprit, some here have lined their tanks to prevent spreading, and there's plenty of info here on the details of that. Other's have recently been using additives designed to prevent the ethanol from working its alleged evil.

Also, it's important to remember that not everyone has had a spreading tank, although I think those that have outnumber those of us who haven't by 2 to 1 or more.
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