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Message started by Savage_Greg on 07/26/07 at 04:51:50

Title: Poor Man's Auxillary Tank...
Post by Savage_Greg on 07/26/07 at 04:51:50

Faced with needing a fuel tank to use for bike repairs, I started searching for shop equipment.

From manufacturers like Motion Pro and others, you can get small little tanks to hang from the ceiling that range from $30 to $80....

But I'm too cheap for that and decided to make one.  I went to the hardware store and bought a gas can, fuel filter and 2 pieces of lawn mower fuel line.  Total cost $15.

The can works with a siphon principle instead of gravity feed like the other ones.  With a tight fitting hole drilled in the cap for the hose, it doesn't leak.  You need a can with a vent hole, too.

You tip the can to fill the hose and that is it.  Once the carbs are full it stops running.  Then it hangs vertically and feeds by siphon while the bike is running.

To empty hose, set the can on the floor and all the gas runs back into the can...

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b277/gmdinusa/Tank_Fuel_Aux_3729.jpg

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b277/gmdinusa/Tank_Fuel_Aux_Sketch.jpg

Title: Re: Poor Man's Auxillary Tank...
Post by Savage_Greg on 07/26/07 at 05:13:18

As a little side note....

The manufacturers also make tanks to use on fuel pump type bikes like Venture and V-Max...

I figure that I'll just add another fuel line and drill another hole for the return line when I get there :P

Title: Re: Poor Man's Auxillary Tank...
Post by srinath on 07/26/07 at 18:03:08

Well, I use a radiator overflow can off a bike.
I also sometimes have told people to buy a RV overflow can (available at autoparts places for $6-8) to use for that.
It has the spouts etc ready to use. Just hook up long hoses.
Cool.
Srinath.

Title: Re: Poor Man's Auxillary Tank...
Post by Max_Morley on 07/26/07 at 21:57:52

If you want to go gravity feed the best valve I have found is a plastic B & S  lawn mower fuel control valve. Cheap and so far unaffected by the formula in the newer fuels. Spend a few bucks on metal valves only to have the rubber material in the valve swell in time until the valve wasn't usable. Max

Title: Re: Poor Man's Auxillary Tank...
Post by Savage_Greg on 07/27/07 at 11:28:43

Yeah, they do have good connections for hose.  That's an option, but does your overflow bottle stand up on the floor without spilling?

You have to count the cost of the fuel line and filter too.  The gas can itself was $4.99, but I might have gotten it cheaper at Walmart (and had to drive 15 miles)

No fuel valve, no seals, no leaks.  I use barometric pressure :P

Title: Re: Poor Man's Auxillary Tank...
Post by ylekot on 09/08/13 at 22:13:07

Where did the pics go?


Title: Re: Poor Man's Auxillary Tank...
Post by Serowbot on 09/08/13 at 23:18:42

Ether... :-? ...

Title: Re: Poor Man's Auxillary Tank...
Post by ToesNose on 09/10/13 at 03:52:46

Ones not better then the other, Ether style will work Serow   :D

Title: Re: Poor Man's Auxillary Tank...
Post by misterbbq on 09/10/13 at 04:35:11

<groan>

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