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Has anyone plumbed in a Fuel Cell yet? If so any info on it would be appreciated.

I am planning on getting a DL1000 this August and am in the process of planning a trip to Prudhoe Bay AK for June 2006 and while it looks like the stock gas tank will hold just enough fuel it could also be not quite enough fuel given certain circumstances. I would really like to add a 3 gal cell for this trip.
 

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Stromette would like to know this answer so Yogi can't ride farther than I do!
 

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Was this on the 100CCC recently or Bike Week? The TX plates are a clue so I may be able to network and find out who they are.

Definitely don't want a WeeStrom much less a Texan passing me out there!!! :p :p :p (j/k, stand down you guys)
 

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Hey Yogi...

Here is a cheap fuel cell that works very well. Go to your local Canadian Tire or boat store, purchase a small outboard motor gas tank, (I use a 5 gal one but there are smaller) make a bracket that will bolt directly to the stock rear mounting plate. Use a regular marine hook up fuel line and bulb (hand pump). Tap into your fuel line and your off to the races with basically twice the range you had before. Have used this set up on other bikes I have had, including a Concourse and a ZX7. Works very well, with the only draw back being that you can feel the fuel slosh around when your around half a tank...Not a real problem... Also with the marine quick disconnect you can pull it off easily and put the fuel line under the seat untill you need it again! Done numerous Iron butt runs with the conni and one on the ZX7 (painful) using this set up....Hope that helps you...

Darryl
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Fuel cells on the Strom must be plumbed into the factory tank, usually by adding a fitting to the fuel pump mounting plate. This is so because the fuel pump is mounted inside the fuel tank. The fuel line siamesing trick only works on bikes with externally mounted fuel pumps or gravity fed carbs.

I have used that technique on my Royal Star Venture, but on my DL1000 I am modifying the pump mounting plate. Also, I have mounted my fuel cell on a rack above the rear portion of the seat, making the bike a solo ride. This is the same method I used on the Venture, although in that case I was able to remove the rear seat to mount the tank as low as possible.

This mounting position allows me to retain the topcase in normal position and provides better weight balancing, with the fuel centrally located. As well, the fuel valve is within easy reach.

The most noticeable difference to me, is that on the Strom, I will have to drain the main tank first, instead of fuel cell first as I do on the Venture, because of the fuel pump location. A minor annoyance, but it is more time with the load mounted high.




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Fuel Cell on a VStrom

I don't have a fuel cell, but I have modified the stock tank. I cut the top and raise it as much as needed for additional volume.

I'm still finishing the first one, but on paper it appears to be about 10 1/2 gallons. Picture available on request. The autobody shop that built it quoted about $500 for another one. He expects me to provide a tank to modify.
 
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