Originally Posted by Fergie
Was the tank vented while off the bike. You know how a plastic 5 gallon gas can builds pressure and expands when closed up in the heat.
Shouldn't be a problem wedging it back in the bike, should go back to original size in time I would think.
As to question #1, no I errantly sealed off the vents with a little plastic tire stem cap thinking of debris and or gas leaks while it sat in the backyard (103 degrees in the shade) for the sealant on the new metal quick disconnect to dry. Hence the subsequent fuel leak too (since fixed...I hope!).
I never would have thought one of those lame plastic tire stem caps would have caused such a tight seal but it did. I heard the whoosh!
when I pulled the cap off the top tank vent. The long brass one on the pump housing just got some electrical tape. Don't know what that one is for, but it doesn't leak nor express any air or gas?.
Appears that the tank has now grown in size by about an inch (or more) in circumference since off the bike. I can easily get my fingers between the "wings" where the front of the tank mounts to the frame as it has spread apart that much. Now I got a rare 7+ gallon tank for a GT if anyone needs one.
I'm going to try and use some ratchet straps on it and pull it back down to size to fit the bike. I don't know if that will work. It inhales and exhales (smells like gas too) like someone getting CPR when trying to wedge it into the frame. Funny part is I got an extended warranty on something that probably isn't covered due to my own stupidity for not thinking the tank would swell up and deform.
I don't want to order a new $800 gas tank now since the UPS driver once told me his truck was near 180 degrees inside one past summer. That can't do well for the blow-molded tank in general, nor would it do it any good sitting on a hot porch for a few hours around here. Never heard of a gas tank being shipped on ice before. Probably best leave it for a winter-time order.
Might be time to tarp-off this bike as a "Project Bike" for next winter and use the tank money as a down payment for a Ducati instead.