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Technical Section => Make / Model Specific Discussions => KTM LC4 400/610/640 & 690 => Topic started by: aka.Goliath on May 22, 2017, 11:47:59 am

Title: Safari tanks brackets
Post by: aka.Goliath on May 22, 2017, 11:47:59 am
A couple weeks ago I was taken out by some dumb c@nt in her TT. I ended up crushing the safari tank and the lower bracket (and a bunch of other things) so I'm now looking for the little brackets/arms for the lower mounts on my 690 (2014) Safari tank. Alternatively can someone please take a picture of the mount itself so I can try get my one back to the same shape. Appreciate any help

Title: Re: Safari tanks brackets
Post by: Rascal on May 22, 2017, 05:21:12 pm
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Title: Re: Safari tanks brackets
Post by: Rascal on May 22, 2017, 05:22:26 pm
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170522/dff38ce31b24b6590a6dc2aee5a7a691.jpg)
Title: Re: Safari tanks brackets
Post by: witblitz on May 22, 2017, 06:21:31 pm
Goliath, you do not need to have the two lower mounts on the tank. You need the brace that runs through the motor mount and the top mount bracket.

Those bottom brackets are crap to mount. If you want them, you can make the following to keep the sides of the tank pushed away from the bike.

(https://mpgphoto.smugmug.com/Camera-Awesome-Photos/i-Mt432Vn/0/XL/IMG_0034-2-XL.jpg)

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll180/joebrazier/8B674F57-0010-420D-A029-8750F4043456_zps5ao57anb.jpg)
Title: Re: Safari tanks brackets
Post by: aka.Goliath on May 22, 2017, 10:49:10 pm
Shot guys... I like the idea of those stoppers. I see I also had the whole design of bracket way out.

Do you not find the tank unstable without the mounts there. I tend to find my bike on its side quite often so want to make sure it won't put too much strain on the other mounts. What you think.
Title: Re: Safari tanks brackets
Post by: witblitz on May 24, 2017, 08:05:29 am
Shot guys... I like the idea of those stoppers. I see I also had the whole design of bracket way out.

Do you not find the tank unstable without the mounts there. I tend to find my bike on its side quite often so want to make sure it won't put too much strain on the other mounts. What you think.
The bottom left bracket that Rascal posted is bent compared to those you get from the tank manufacturers.

I do not find the tank unstable without the lower mounts. Admittedly, I only have the tank on when I need it for the extra mileage.
The stoppers are there to prevent the tank from pushing against the frame when you fall. So when you fall and bend the brackets, you can force the tank out of its natural shape. However, these tanks are strong and do flex with some heat, so I do not think it should be too much of a problem unless you have a major accident.
Title: Re: Safari tanks brackets
Post by: aka.Goliath on June 07, 2017, 04:15:43 pm
I went ahead and put the stoppers on the left side and so far so good, it seems very solid and very much easier to remove/install the tank now. Will be doing the same mod on the right.
Title: Re: Safari tanks brackets
Post by: RiverRunner on June 14, 2017, 05:10:47 am
Goliath, you do not need to have the two lower mounts on the tank. You need the brace that runs through the motor mount and the top mount bracket.

Those bottom brackets are crap to mount. If you want them, you can make the following to keep the sides of the tank pushed away from the bike.

(https://mpgphoto.smugmug.com/Camera-Awesome-Photos/i-Mt432Vn/0/XL/IMG_0034-2-XL.jpg)

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll180/joebrazier/8B674F57-0010-420D-A029-8750F4043456_zps5ao57anb.jpg)

Have you ever set down and made up a photo, measurements and specifications discussion of how you made up the alternatives to the lower brackets.  You would be known to 690'ers across the world as a hero!  I hate that bottom left bracket - I have to beg my wife to finish it - my mutts are too big to fit.