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FUEL TANK LEAKING PETROL....

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Re: FUEL TANK LEAKING PETROL....

Postby 961Story » Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:36 am

Hi, sorry to hear of your fuel tank problems.It is however a more common problem than you think.
The pump is mounted in the bottom of the tank, which warps and leaks fuel. The factory will try and tell you it is because there is water in the tank. Therefore not their problem. It is not fit for the purpose which it was intended, to contain fuel.
It is a massive safety risk, what if you had been out for a ride, hot exhaust, fuel leaking, in your garage !!!!!!
Not worth thinking about.
Good luck you are going to need it.

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Re: FUEL TANK LEAKING PETROL....

Postby richard-7 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:58 pm

Its likely because of ethanol in the fuel. Most bike and powersport owners know to stay clear of ethanol fuels. This is one reason.
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Re: FUEL TANK LEAKING PETROL....

Postby Britfan60 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:26 am

Some of us don't have a choice but to use ethanol fuels. Your not going to find non ethanol fuels on Long Island or most of NY. I just use Startron or Stabil marine grade.
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Re: FUEL TANK LEAKING PETROL....

Postby Fast Eddie » Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:53 am

Whether it's Norton or Ducati or whoever.... surely, if a fuel tank is unable to hold the very same commercially available pump fuel that the governments are pushing on us, then by definition, that fuel tank must be deemed 'not fit for purpose' ?!
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Re: FUEL TANK LEAKING PETROL....

Postby Britfan60 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:05 am

Fast Eddie wrote:Whether it's Norton or Ducati or whoever.... surely, if a fuel tank is unable to hold the very same commercially available pump fuel that the governments are pushing on us, then by definition, that fuel tank must be deemed 'not fit for purpose' ?!


That said, I'm not experiencing a leaking tank after 4 years either. Probably not as common as reported.
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Re: FUEL TANK LEAKING PETROL....

Postby BritTwit » Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:23 am

No doubt that these nylon fuel cells on the 961 have had problems.
I have read about leaks on the UK NOC 961 site as well as on this forum.
I had my original tank replaced due to two large blisters on the bottom near the efi pump.
Knock on wood though; I’ve had no leaks with the new unit.
I use marine grade Stabile with each fill-up.
All things considered, I would have paid extra to have a steel tank, even if it was heavier.
The aluminum tank available from Norton is beautiful, but at $3,000 a pop, just not practical for me.
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