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Fabricate to lower coolant reserve tank?

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2003 1800r

Hi. My leak is back again. The epoxy,due to the location of the leak being where it butts up to the motor has softened despite being 500 degree epoxy. There was no leak for the first several rides but here I am.....

Because the tank is obsolete, I am thinking of pulling the tank again, reapplying the epoxy and figuring some way to fabricate a mount that lowers the rank about 3/4 of an inch or at least as far as I can yet keeping it above the frame so it doesn't bottom out.

I haven't begun this attempt but thought I would throw it out there to see if anyone has ideas....i even saw a video if a guy who moved the tank altogether (to the toolbox?) When he fabricated dooley exhaust.

Any tips would be appreciated.

The leak is in the corner where the black grime is.

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I'm on it. Thanks!!
How about Flex-tape or Flex-seal spray? May not last forever, but it also may work. JB Weld also makes a special plastic version. Worked on patching an egg-sized hole in my LeatherLyke saddle bag. Twice. Yes, I had the misfortune of my bag coming off the holding stud due to overloading, and it rubbed through from the tire. I did have to make a curved mold from odds & ends to cover the hole temporarily while I built up the plastic epoxy layer by layer.
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There is a guy on a couple VTX Facebook groups who deals in VTX parts. By all accounts he is reliable according to feedback I have read on those same groups.
I have talked with him a couple times in the past looking for things and while we never completed any transactions he has always been responsive to messaging and a seems like a good guy.
I contacted him and he says he has the tank you need, he sent me a picture.
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I did not ask him about his asking price or even the tanks condition, figuring to leave negotiations up to you two if you decided to contact him.
You can find him on FB, his name is Jason Kesner.
How about a way to reach him for those of us who don't do FB?
I asked Jason if there was a way for those who don't use FB to get ahold of him.
He said "I have my cell number posted on the old VTX Cafe and get calls and text from there."
He then gave me his cell number to post into this thread. (225) 228-8558
He requested that anyone contacting him text him first.
Yer killin' me, Smalls! I, and many others, still use a flip style phone, to t-a-l-k with people. As such, it does not text either. Appreciate your efforts.
lol did the best I could. He didn't give me an email.
By this point I don't know how "many" people still use flip phones... but to each there own lol
It may be possible to text using your computer without having a smart phone.
I'm no tech guy... and I have a smart phone so I never expended any effort trying to reinvent the wheel 😎
I am def. in a minority, with no desire to change, or to have the latest doo-dad just for the sake of being "with it". Thanks again for your efforts.
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You might want to get some 3M Aluminum tape:
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Apply it to the recovery tank to help reflect heat
If you have colored LED 'show' lights either on the upper frame or under the fuel tank, this will increase the reflectability making them appear brighter. BTW, you can buy the 4" wide reflective tape at most HVAC supply stores, it is used to seal fiberglas duct board. W/o all the free 3M advertising on it.
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Dangit. Now I know what I will have on my Christmas list.
Would it be possible to make these with a 3D printer? IDK, just asking, maybe someone smarter than me might know.
Thanks to you knowledgable fellas for opening a new window for us regular backyard mechanics.
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