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I have a black tank on my brutale.I noticed today that there is a blister under the MV label. I'm sure that the label was put on and then clear coated. Anyone experience the same problem? If so, what was your remedy?
 

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What year bike do you have? It might be the ethanol in the gas that reacts to the plastic tank. I think there was a settlement with Ducati and MV where they replaced the tanks that reacted to the ethanol. Others on the site probably have more up to date info
 

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It is an 05. I just noticed it today while out in the driveway. I'm sure that I could just poke a small hole and let the air out. But afterwards, I'm thinking that I need to inject something to make the decal stick back to the tank again. Then, seal the incision with some type of clear coat.
 

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blisters????

rickyleesurf;

welcome to the world of garbage Acerbis dago tanks

Ducatis have them
MV Brutales have them
and my '04 Aprilia RSVR's tank is so long its just about impossible to remount it
i had to drill the fuel pump plate bolt holes out to remount it

fuck ethanol and plastic tanks......my F4 has a steel tank:drummer:

i just cut the blisters on the Aprilia......20K mi into the '08 Brutale, you can see its lumpy......but no blisters or major expansion......its a tad too long
 

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Is there Ethanol in all US gas station fuels? I believe here in Canada they have a requirement to have som much ethanol in their fuel, but some companies put more ethanol in the lower grade fuels to allow them to keep it out of their premium fuel. It seems to expand plastic tanks and rust steel tanks, brilliant idea to mandate that.
 

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I am in California like you. On my previous Brutale (an '05), I did notice some light swelling of the tank where the seat meets the tank, not as bad as my Ducatisti friends but still there. I had the bike for five years and thought for a while that my Brutale was immune to the ravages of ethanol laced gasoline and it's not. I treated it with K100 additive to mitigate expansion and water damage and sold the bike last year.
I now have a 2010 Brutale and had the tank replaced under warranty already (swelling under the clear coat that made the paint crack). I had the replacement tank epoxy lined in the hope that this buys me years of peace of mind.
 

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Any chance of some piccies on this?
 

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rickyleesurf;

welcome to the world of garbage Acerbis dago tanks

Ducatis have them
MV Brutales have them
and my '04 Aprilia RSVR's tank is so long its just about impossible to remount it
i had to drill the fuel pump plate bolt holes out to remount it

fuck ethanol and plastic tanks......my F4 has a steel tank:drummer:

i just cut the blisters on the Aprilia......20K mi into the '08 Brutale, you can see its lumpy......but no blisters or major expansion......its a tad too long
Interesting. Maybe thats why I am having a hard time getting the tank to fit. My key guard barely fits. I have to put it on without the rubber seal around the ignition. It seems to be growing longer:jsm:
 

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Interesting. Maybe thats why I am having a hard time getting the tank to fit. My key guard barely fits. I have to put it on without the rubber seal around the ignition. It seems to be growing longer:jsm:
readjust the rear mount as far back as it will go......and the same with the tank side mounts......but push them forward

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