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I'm preparing my current TTR for an extended trip, so dragged my Acerbis tank out of the shed to fit it. I bought this tank a few years ago from a forum member and it came with some brackets to allow me to fit it to the 1997 "white" TTR I had at the time although I was never entirely happy with the fitment as there was nothing to locate the seat to the tank. Here are some pics of the "old" brackets:DSCF3003.JPGDSCF3005.JPG

When I offered this up to my 2004 "blue" TTR it was clear it wasn't going to work as the mounting points on the frame are quite different between models. So after a bit of head scratching and a couple of rough car designs I decided it was going to take up too much of my time and more skill than I posess to make a decent job of mounting it.

Now as luck would have it a chance look a Zen Overland's Facebook page for some other items I noticed they had recently fitted an Acerbis to a blue TTR. Bingo! A quick call to Gabe at Zen Overland who confirmed they had cut some brackets to prep a TTR and were considering selling it as a kit, and 3 days later the prototype kit he promised arrived in the post:

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Wow!

Quickly setting to, the rear mount is a distinct improvement using the seat location bracket from the OE tank:

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The main brackets were fitted in no time and the tank offered into place, but I immediately realised I should have put the LH frame bolt through the bracket before tightening the bracket to the tank as there is not enough clearance to do it afterwards:

 

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This done, the tank was mounted finally, and with very minor wiggling and tweaking everything lined up perfectly first time. Time spent so far - 15 minutes!

Of course fitting a massive tank is bound to cause some minor clearance issues. On full lock both ways the standard indicators just touch the top of the tank. Not the end of the world, but an MOT fail. Easily cured by cutting some wedge-shaped spacers to tilt the indicastors up slightly. Also, on full left lock the the bolt holding the upper plastic front brake pipe guide fouled the tank. Again an MOT fail, and would eventually wear the tank. My solution was to countersink the bolt hole and fit a countersunk bolt:

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All up the job took less than half an hour and has resulted in a really secure factory level fit, as you can see. I'm really happy with the result, and I know this could provide an answer to anyone looking to fit an Acerbis tank to a blue TTR:

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Ace

Thanks for sharing Gilessmile 



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These would be a nice line for Totally TTR's to stock Steve.

It's certainly of the quality I've come to expect from you.


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Yep

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I have an Acebris tank, so will order somesmile



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If you start to stock that tank and fitting kit Steve i will order one :)

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how easy is it to get to the spark plug with that tank?




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If you start to stock that tank and fitting kit Steve i will order one :)


Will have a look into itsmile  



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how easy is it to get to the spark plug with that tank?


I cannot comment on that as I have always removed the original tank to get to the spark plug!

The Acerbis would remove in a couple of minutes.

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Zen overland now have the tank fitting kit on their website. 

http://www.zenoverland.com/bikebits/ZEN-TTR-002-B0.html

 

Bit steep for me at $100 au plus postage but a nice bit of kit nonetheless wink



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Yep and Gabriel is sending me some to stock in the shopsmile And I am setting up an account with Acebris to get some tanks in.smilesmile



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great news Steve, deffo on my shopping list

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And that's my bike pictured on the Zen Overland website. Gabriel fitted the tank for me at the same time as fitting a bespoke pannier rack.



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And that's my bike pictured on the Zen Overland website. Gabriel fitted the tank for me at the same time as fitting a bespoke pannier rack.


 Hi Scruffy,

Thanks for starting the ball rolling!

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Hope to have the brackets here soon and try fitting the used Acebris tank I have here, before I start ordering new ones. Always like to check things myselfsmile



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Let us know how it goes Steve, I'd like to know how hard it is to swap tanks back and forth.

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Wish they had of made this kit last year when i fitted the larger tank to my bike :(

But anyway, my kit arrived and fitted it straight away smile

The 2 lower bolts that mount it to the frame were a bit of a pita to fit so i just drilled them out a bit to make it easier,

other than that these guys need to win the Nobel Prize for this kit.

 



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Thanks, great feedback! Steve I'm in if you get the kit and tank stocked.

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Brackets are here, will try and fit the tank in the next couple of day's and get back to you all.

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Thats excellent, how big is the tank? What model XR are they for?

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Its a 22L tank, from here www.justgastanks.com/honda-xr600-acerbis-fuel-tank/
Couldn't find any in Aus back then, but the dollar was really high so it worked out good for me.

You might have to elongate the seat bolt holes a bit, but mine were already done from the previous install so im not sure.


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Don't think the 650 is the same it has a bolt down back think you need the 400 -250 tank mine is a very old Acerbis must be one of the first for the xr probably one of the army bikes with the screw on Acerbis badge.

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At last!

I got around to fitting the Acebris tank yesterday, took me 45 mins start to finish (while drinking tea)smile

The kit from Gabriel at zenoverland.com is great, he does a really good jobsmile

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I would add a little Loctite to some of the screws for a belt and braces job, but then I am a bit fussywink

Looks very nice on the bike

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Hope you like itsmile Now I know it all fits I will be ordering a new Acebris tank and selling with the brackets. Brackets available separately in the shop very soon.

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Better call them Acerbis in your order Steve
Bike looks nice with the black seat too. I always think there's too much blue on a standard bike!
Cheers,
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Doh! Acerbis it is thenbiggrin

Trying hard to get some black seat covers, no luck yetfurious



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So the standard seat fits ok? Doesn't need to be changed? Looks like this will finally be an easy big tank solution biggrinbiggrin

I better go check the bank balance...



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Standard seat fits.

Black seat covers now sourced and on their way heresmile



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Going to pull the trigger on the Acerbis tank (XR650L), will get the Zen overland mounting kit from the online shop (just do not have the know how, patience or tools to try and fabricate my own) - just a question to you esteemed gentleman;

clear vs transparent tank?
I am thinking clear - to easily see fuel level in the tank, apart from them going yellow with age, no other cons right?  

 



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Think I'm right don't Buy the 650 one it's the XR 250-400 fit tank you need step in someone if I'm talking Crap

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Clear for me but, ideally, a white tank with some clear "portholes" that shows the level of fuel - as in photos below:

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Think I'm right don't Buy the 650 one it's the XR 250-400 fit tank you need step in someone if I'm talking Crap

Pug


Hi Pug.  Was going to ask that question also, which exact one to buy - but then the TTR shop luckily removed any confusion there by stating as follows:

"The tank we used when designing and refining these mounting parts, was one bought for a Honda XR650L (22L capacity, in white). So we recommend that you buy this tank when using our TTR mounting kit."

For easy reference, found here:
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TTRfan - have never seen that before, the little clear port-holes in a standard coloured tank.  Very unusual - but so practical.     

 



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Clear for me but, ideally, a white tank with some clear "portholes" that shows the level of fuel - as in photos below:


 Beautiful Raid you have got going there TTRfan ... 



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Ok if that's what they say the one on my bike is a xr 250-400 one but I made the fitting kit myself. I swap it between my XR250 An TTr250 the last xr 650 one I played with bolted down to the frame at the rear with holes in the tank but that said it might have been on a Dominator it was a year or to back an I dropped it over the XR250 and it was a no fit on that I did not have the TTr at the time so cant say

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From what I have read they say the XR250/400/650 tanks all are pretty much the same - so you are probably right there.  Will just be good to have that fuel capacity for when hitting the isolated areas - comes at a price though, but been pondering it for the last 6 months.     



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Clear for me but, ideally, a white tank with some clear "portholes" that shows the level of fuel - as in photos below:


 Beautiful Raid you have got going there TTRfan ... 


Thanks mate - it was actually an Open Enduro I sold to a mate a few years ago but it does look a bit like a Raid with the big tank.

What was interesting about it was that the side panels and rear mudguard had been painted. The finish was superb and survived all the while my mate had it. It was his first trail bike and so it bit the dirt quite a bit.

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TTRfan wrote:
walkaboutboertjie wrote:
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Clear for me but, ideally, a white tank with some clear "portholes" that shows the level of fuel - as in photos below:


 Beautiful Raid you have got going there TTRfan ... 


Thanks mate - it was actually an Open Enduro I sold to a mate a few years ago but it does look a bit like a Raid with the big tank.

What was interesting about it was that the side panels and rear mudguard had been painted. The finish was superb and survived all the while my mate had it. It was his first trail bike and so it bit the dirt quite a bit.

Brian


 Brian

painting plastics is fine and it should last providing you use an adhesion promotor and put flexible additive in the paint.  I do it all the time and don't have any problems

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Going to pull the trigger on the Acerbis tank (XR650L), will get the Zen overland mounting kit from the online shop (just do not have the know how, patience or tools to try and fabricate my own) - just a question to you esteemed gentleman;

clear vs transparent tank?
I am thinking clear - to easily see fuel level in the tank, apart from them going yellow with age, no other cons right?  

 


Don't forget I sell the mounting kits in the shop  http://totallyttrs.com/epages/699105d9-e4cc-4b32-b236-84e72cd67f84.sf/en_GB/?ObjectID=8380602

I also have just got the Tank in stock, so I can supply the whole kit, just haven't had the time to list it yetcry

This is the tech stuff for you all, just to make sure.

Zen mounting kit, allowing the Acerbis XR tank to be fitted to a TTR250.

We're pretty sure you can use this mounting kit to fit most of the Honda XR Acerbis tanks to your TTR (the actual plastic tank seems to be the same for the Honda XR range of bikes, but Acerbis supply different mounting kits depending on whether it's sold to an XR250/XR400/XR650L customer).

Please note the Honda XR650R tank is completely different, and this fitting kit will not work with that tank.

The tank we used when designing and refining these mounting parts, was one bought for a Honda XR650L (22L capacity, in white). So we recommend that you buy this tank when using our TTR mounting kit.

You can buy this tank from Totallyttrs, if you wish.

 

 



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Hi tiddler,

I sent you a pm seeing if you still have your brackets for acerbis fitment to the open enduro 1997? Or if you have the details about the old bracket.

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Clear for me but, ideally, a white tank with some clear "portholes" that shows the level of fuel - as in photos below:

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What make of tank is that Brian? Looks good with all the different facets. Is it fibreglass? I'm trying to work out if that is a standard seat too.


 



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Fibreglass. I am pretty sure it was a genuine Yamaha extra. Never seen another like it!

It's got to be out there in TTR land somewhere wink

Standard seat as I recall.

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