brents37chev

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  1. Hi- Thanks for the postings, I sent you an email for the pictures. Your saying this is a 4 gallon tank and it was stock for 92-99? I thought that Honda's deal with gas tank capability was around 100 miles on all xr's .. That is what I heard anyway. I think mines is 2.1 or 2.3 gallon. I look forward to the pics and we will go from there. THANKS! Brent
  2. This is what I did today to get me back on the road. Mine was a used bike and someone had cut the tank with a razor blade while making custom graphics. Well, I just got done giving the plastic welding a try.. and it worked! I used a soldering gun with a wide tip that is used for stained glass. I removed all the gas, blew compressed air into the tank for 10 or 15 min trying to evaporate the gas. cleaned the outside of the tank and crack with brake cleaner or acetone. With the cut being so sharp I did not have to use any filler rod. The suggestions I have is to know how thick your plastic is, and be willing to ruin it. I started off pressing the tank inward to reduce the bulge outward from the cuts. I applied the iron onto the plastic and made circular motions over the crack over lapping it by about 1/8 inch on each side in some key areas. Like tack welding sheetmetal, then I proceeded to make a light weld over the entire length of the cut not letting it get too hot. once I sealed the crack I went back over the entire thing again, but a little wider and deeper into the plastic. I would guess close to 3/4 of the thickness of the plastic. The plastic wants to push away from the iron, put while the plastic is still hot I folded it back into the weld with the iron. The only thing I would of done different is clean the tip of the iron alot better or start with a fresh one. Even tho I cleaned the tip well it seemed to flake a little and put black specs in the weld. I would compare plastic welding to torch type welding with oxy/acetelyne, circular motions over the crack, get good penetration, and make the weld wide to get plastic material melted at least 1/8 inch wider on each side so you can fold new plastic in the crack. Hopefully it will not be to brittle in this area and crack again, but it got me back on the road till I find a replacement.
  3. Well, I just got done giving the plastic welding a try.. and it worked! I used a soldering gun with a wide tip that is used for stained glass. I removed all the gas, blew compressed air into the tank for 10 or 15 min trying to evaporate the gas. cleaned the outside of the tank and crack with brake cleaner or acetone. With the cut being so sharp I did not have to use any filler rod. The suggestions I have is to know how thick your plastic is, and be willing to ruin it. I started off pressing the tank inward to reduce the bulge outward from the cuts. I applied the iron onto the plastic and made circular motions over the crack over lapping it by about 1/8 inch on each side in some key areas. Like tack welding sheetmetal, then I proceeded to make a light weld over the entire length of the cut not letting it get too hot. once I sealed the crack I went back over the entire thing again, but a little wider and deeper into the plastic. I would guess close to 3/4 of the thickness of the plastic. The plastic wants to push away from the iron, put while the plastic is still hot I folded it back into the weld with the iron. The only thing I would of done different is clean the tip of the iron alot better or start with a fresh one. Even tho I cleaned the tip well it seemed to flake a little and put black specs in the weld. I would compare plastic welding to torch type welding with oxy/acetelyne, circular motions over the crack, get good penetration, and make the weld wide to get plastic material melted at least 1/8 inch wider on each side so you can fold new plastic in the crack. Hopefully it will not be to brittle in this area and crack again, but it got me back on the road till I find a replacement. I'm still looking for a tank.... Later, Brent
  4. Thanks, that might be an option. I guess a white tank would match the side number plates. If you want to give a price, description of condition, and a pic, let me know. Brent
  5. Hi- I'm looking for a stock gas tank for my 2000 xr 600 that is the correct red color. I purchased this bike used and the guy before me decided to put on custom graphics and cut them out on the tank. Needless to say he cut a little to deep in 2 areas. These cuts are about a inch long, I have seen the plastic welders, is that a permanent fix? I would prefer another good used gas tank at a reasonable price if anyone has one. Thanks, Brent