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Old 01-08-2011, 12:57 AM
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Default Re: Cantilever Tanks

Originally Posted by happycheapskate View Post
Why are there no plastic motorcycle style gas tanks for MB's. They would be cheap to make, and easy to modify for adding vent tubes, secondary/return lines, etc. They could be molded in a few popular colors.
I suspect it would be a (perhaps misguided) safety consideration... One of the things that differs street-legal dirtbikes from their off-road only brethren is a steel tank vs the plastic ones - the thought being that metal is more likely to dent instead of crack in an accident, reducing the likelihood of a fuel spill & the resultant fire hazard on the roadway...

I'll admit it's been a while since I was involved in that sport, things may well have changed given plastic tanks are now not uncommon in cars - but at the time and in the state I was living in, a steel tank was required to pass inspection...
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