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  1. frenchy3

    scorpa sy tank

    If you ride a bit more frequently premium unleaded has less or no ethanol in it depending which garage you buy it from(do an internet search to find out which) If not i do find Aspen great,it sits in the tank all winter and the bike will start straight away without draining the float bowl of the carb. I used it in my lawnmower as well and there are no real fumes that end up giving you a headache etc. It is expensive but a lot of tree surgeons/gardening contractors are using it now. It is a catch 22 situation,it is expensive so people shy away from it but the price will not get cheaper unless more people start buying and using it. Classic bike owners and infrequent riders are catching on to it now and of course it will not damage brass components in fuel systems and seals etc that are not made of modern materials like viton etc. As for the original point of spraying a plastic tank i find that Krylon paint is pretty good if you key the plastic surface with scotchbrite and wipe it thoroughly with pure solvent first. You will always get fuel vapour breathing through a plastic tank but it will be much better with Aspen.
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    Gas Gas pro fuel tank.

    I sealed off the tank and used an airline to see where the leak was and used some soapy water. The whole seam on the top of the tank had worn so thin there are a series of pin holes where the fuel can leak from which is why i could not see anything obvious.
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    Gas Gas pro fuel tank.

    I filled my tank with a cleaning solvent with some food colouring in it so i could see easily(water has a higher viscosity and will not always show up a leak) There is no obvious crack or hole but it appears the weld near the top of the tank at the back has actually worn away so hopefully our workshop can Tig weld along the seam. I will then glue a strip of rubber instead of that useless draught excluder foam strip Gas Gas use. I will then have a spare tank,all assuming my newer one does not leak as well!
  4. frenchy3

    Gas Gas pro fuel tank.

    I filled my tank with a cleaning solvent with some food colouring in it so i could see easily(water has a higher viscosity and will not always show up a leak) There is no obvious crack or hole but it appears the weld near the top of the tank at the back has actually worn away so hopefully our workshop can Tig weld along the seam. I will then glue a strip of rubber instead of that useless draught excluder foam strip Gas Gas use. I will then have a spare tank,all assuming my newer one does not leak as well!
  5. frenchy3

    Gas Gas pro fuel tank.

    Just got hold of a 2007 decent tank but i will buy a plastic tank if i ever see one.
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    Gas Gas pro fuel tank.

    Hi everyone,i have just purchased an early Gas Gas TXT pro 2002 and i thought at the time about the tiny amount of fuel that came in the tank. I finally got around to filling it with premix and most of it ended up on the floor. From what i can see there is a crack along the weld at the rear of the tank. I can get the tank purged and Tig welded at work but the question is....do the later tanks up to the tubular frame models fit at all pre 2007? I see there are plastic tanks for the 2011 on bikes but did they ever make one to retrofit to the early bikes please. Thanks in advance.
  7. frenchy3

    Safely transport my Beta Evo 200

    I agree,people overthink and overdo the whole strapping down thing. I use two webbing loops around the handlebars and two cam buckle tie down straps(no ratchets) In many years and thousands of miles towing a bike trailer i have never had one come loose or fall off. Sometimes they look a bit unstable but do not move far. You cannot use a fork saver like on a motocross bike because of the shorter travel and low mudguard but i don,t like them anyway as one flew out after bouncing on a bumpy road.
  8. frenchy3

    Swingarm Theory

    Moving the wheel forwards shortens the wheelbase which sharpens the steering and the bike would lift slightly easier and obviously the opposite applies. This is why you see hill climbers with long swinging arms. I am a poor rider and would never notice the difference but i imagine a factory riders mechanics will have the perfect axle position for the bike and replace the chain rather than adjust it until the wheel adjusters are at their maximum range. 99.5% of the riding population may never know the difference but at the highest level of sport every adjustment is noticeable.
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    2015 TXT Pro 300 - carb vent line routing?

    I notice a few people turn the elbows upwards and route the tubes up along the frame rails(including mine) this is with a Dellorto carb,i don,t know how the Keihin is set up.This is so they dont suck up any water .The gearbox vent can be routed to just over the front sprocket so if you get any loss it oils the chain.
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    Bike won't start.

    Depending on how crazy they went with the jetwashing you may have water in the fuel. Drain the tank and start with fresh and also don,t forget to drain the float bowl of the carb.
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    Bike won't start.

    Disconnect the kill button(normally black and white wire on most bikes) to rule it out.
  12. frenchy3

    Beta evo won't run

    Spot on,if the air cannot get into the fuel tank through the breather(it works both ways as well as letting fuel vapour out) the bike may run for a while then build up a partial vacuum and prevent the fuel from draining under gravity through the fuel tap and into the carb.
  13. frenchy3

    New Boots

    They will break in but if the boulder is anything like my Forma gripper 2 boot you may wish to remove the annoying velcro strips that hold the optional waterproof inner sock. I couldn,t figure out why mine were uncomfortable until i cut them out with a scalpel blade.
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    TXT 250 Edition 2002

    There are several threads on Gas Gas gearbox oil,you can spend hours reading them. On the TXT Pro some recommend ATF but there are some makes of clutch plate(DP is one of them) which the friction material will swell on the Diaphragm type clutch it leads to a hard pull clutch. On your bike which is a conventional clutch i would use 75W light gear oil such as Putoline or 5/30W engine oil(not car type but motorcycle specific) Many people also steer clear of fully synthetic oils too. The more i read the more confused i get!
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    Boots for ankle support / Helmet

    The injuries were on my Harley Davidson MT350 162kg then loaded up with another 30kg of camping gear! and also on the Suzuki DRZ400s best part of 140kg. Both cases the bike landed on my lower leg. I don,t think you will have those sort of problems on low speed falls from a 65kg trials bike when you normally fall clear of the bike anyway. I would always suggest going for the best helmet and boots you can afford but as a casual non competitive rider i am not too hung up on brands.
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