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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-03-2013, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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MV Ever fix the tank swelling issue?

Or any advice on how to mitigate that? Non-ethanol fuel in DFW is impossible - its mandated by the EPA for smog.

The tank on my MY2010 is significantly swelled. Not loving that want to avoid that happening to my '13 RR when i get it this week.

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did they put plastic tanks on the 2010 models? Was not aware of that. My 07 never had a problem but it is steel
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yeah the 2010's had plastic tanks

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Yeah 2010+ bikes have plastic tanks. They are softened by ethanol.

MV could fix this easily if they really even cared. Just add "coating the tank" to the pre-delivery instructions for the dealer when the bikes are new. If the ethanol can't touch the plastic it won't distort the tank.
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Just add "coating the tank" to the pre-delivery instructions for the dealer when the bikes are new. If the ethanol can't touch the plastic it won't distort the tank.
Yeah I asked my dealer to coat the tank as a part of setup. they don't want to for fear for voiding the warranty

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Yeah I asked my dealer to coat the tank as a part of setup. they don't want to for fear for voiding the warranty
That's crazy. That would be a requirement for me to even consider a 2010+ bike. I would deal with it as a sales issue. Fix the tank or I won't buy the bike.

As for voiding the warranty I would take a bit of time to explain the Magnuson-Moss Warranty act to the dealership and locate a bike that uses a similar coating in it's fuel tank from the factory.
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It's not the dealer that would void any warranty, but I can understand their concern. They should have contacted MV USA for direction......and they should contact them now for replacement of your tank, regardless of warranty. Plastic tanks can be made that are not affected by ethanol, it's all in the material chosen.
lmcmulle, you can get non-ethanol gas in Dallas. Go to a marina. Outboard engines don't like ethanol. Almost all marinas carry straight gas for that reason.

I suspect the later bikes have new plastic compounds that are not affected by E10 gas. Europe was supposed to start using ethanol gas too, but some level headed folks realized the impact on the food supply chain and postponed the implementation. Wish we had level headed people in our government here....Oh well.

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Why not use Stabil like so many other people do ? I mean if sealing the tank is such a big issue for some dealers.

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It's not the dealer that would void any warranty, but I can understand their concern. They should have contacted MV USA for direction......and they should contact them now for replacement of your tank, regardless of warranty. Plastic tanks can be made that are not affected by ethanol, it's all in the material chosen.
lmcmulle, you can get non-ethanol gas in Dallas. Go to a marina. Outboard engines don't like ethanol. Almost all marinas carry straight gas for that reason.

I suspect the later bikes have new plastic compounds that are not affected by E10 gas. Europe was supposed to start using ethanol gas too, but some level headed folks realized the impact on the food supply chain and postponed the implementation. Wish we had level headed people in our government here....Oh well.

Ethanol in fuel is coming our way ( UK ) presently 5 % but soon moving towards 10 %..

I can't see the point in replacing one plastic tank that swells with another that swells and then continuing to have the policy of not sealing it. I'd seal it and screw the warranty.

Donsy, does Stabil deactivate the ethanol ? If it does then that is a no brainer I guess. I use it in all my bikes when I am over wintering them...
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Why not use Stabil like so many other people do ? I mean if sealing the tank is such a big issue for some dealers.
The shop that did the work on my bike mentioned it impacting the rubbers inside (which is why they get soft and slip off). They said they tried using a stabilizer on some bikes for a while but the moment they missed on it immediately messed up the tanks.

And its not JUST MVs. They have it on other bikes with plastic tanks.
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