After every ride, Drain the Fuel from your tank. This will help limit discoloration of the tank by the fuel. Generally you can expect a natural colored tank to adjust its color to whatever color your fuel is. Draining the Fuel after you are done riding will slow this process as well as limiting any breakdown damage occuring from the naturally volitale additives and other compounds found in today's fuel.
Wash your Tank
Things such as mud, dirt or spilled gas can stain the outside of your tank. Wash your tank thoroughly with a non abrasive cleaner to help keeping your tank looking like the day you bought it. We recommend a mixture of laundry detergent and water to maintain a nice finish. Please remember that abrasive cleaners will scratch the plastic.
Prepare your Tank
If you are planning to place any stickers or graphics on your tank, it is advisable to do so before placing fuel into the tank. Once in the tank Fuel prevent graphics from adhering properly. (Please note that IMS will not be responsible for replacing or reimbursing any graphics placed on an IMS tank for any reason.)
SPF your Tank
The sun and plastic are natural born enemies. As is the case with any kind of plastic, prolonged exposure to the sun will breakdown and weather your IMS Tank. Keep your tank under cover to prolong its life exponentially.
Drain your Tank
After every ride, Drain the Fuel from your tank. This will help limit discoloration of the tank by the fuel. Generally you can expect a natural colored tank to adjust its color to whatever color your fuel is. Draining the fuel after you are done riding will slow this process as well as limiting any breakdown damage occuring from the naturally volitale additives and other compounds found in today's fuel.
Ethanol is not your friend
Trace amounts of ethanol can be found in many of today's fuels and ethanol is nauturally destructive to plastics and rubbers. Find a fuel source that you feel confident is free of ethanol to prevent ealry wear on your tank, seals and gaskets.
Inspect your Tank
Your tank should be inspected before every ride to check for any leaks or worn out components. Give special attention to all rubber components such as Gas Cap Seals, Petcock Gaskets and the Petcock Itself. Worn out components should be replaced immediately. A tank that is leaking should NEVER be used for any kind of riding.
Go easy on your Tank
Do not overtighten bolts into your tank. When overtightened the metal inserts can be spun, causing a leak point in your tank. Also avoid using locktite on your bolts. This can cause the bolt to sieze and spin upon removal, once again causing a leak.
Prepare for the future
We recommend using some kind of compound to prevent botls from seizing. Standard anti-seize or grease will work, but we recomend using a silicone on your bolts. While all three items will prevent seizing, Silicone does a better job of keeping dirt out as well as preventing the bolt from vibrating free.
Don't tighten bolts too early
Unless the bolt will be inaccesible after installation, wait to tighten bolts until all the bolts have been started. This will give you a little bit more play when aligning bolts for installation
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