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Went out to the garage to go for a ride Sunday morning and saw the tank on my brand new 800SS was literally sucked in about 1", and creased in three places. I assume it was from a vacuum created in the tank. Nothing fell on it - nobody stepped on it. I did nothing different on saturday than i have done a thousand times before..... Stopped at a bike shop Saturday afternoon.... came home when it started getting cool..... parked it in the garage. The horror came the next morning when i saw the gas tank....... The gas cap was fairly hard to open, and it was pressurized when i opened it. Any help??? Anyone heard of this happening to anyone else. Am i going to have any trouble getting this replaced under warranty? The shops were closed yesterday, and today, but I am going to load it up and take it to them tomorrow. Thanks for any help...
 
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Re: AHHHHHHH... Tank vacuum - sucked - HELP!!!!!!!!!! (quickdraw)

It's happened before, should be no big deal to get it covered
 
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Re: AHHHHHHH... Tank vacuum - sucked - HELP!!!!!!!!!! (quickdraw)

Yes, this has happend to me on my RC51. A pinched or plugged vent line will will suck the tank in. I had no problem replacing it through warranty other than the standard questions they ask you like...."You are sure your girlfriend wasn't sitting on the tank for some reason.....
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If they refuse to replace, another way you could try to get the dent out is through regulated air pressure. You would need to fab a flange to seal the bottom where the fuel pump or fuel filter is located and seal the hose connections. Although, I am usure what the 800 SS tank bottom looks like.

If they replace the tank try and get the dented tank back as a spare.
 
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Re: AHHHHHHH... Tank vacuum - sucked - HELP!!!!!!!!!! (quickdraw)

total bummer! only thing i'd recommend is lift the tank and make sure the vent lines aren't kinked anywhere. good luck getting this to be a warranty issue.
 
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Re: AHHHHHHH... Tank vacuum - sucked - HELP!!!!!!!!!! (s4strati)

ok, found the other "crushed tank" threads. so, this isn't the first time this has happened.... does anyone know of the outcome of those other instances? thanks again.
 
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Re: AHHHHHHH... Tank vacuum - sucked - HELP!!!!!!!!!! (quickdraw)

Yet another reason to pull those long ass vent lines off the tank.
 
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Re: AHHHHHHH... Tank vacuum - sucked - HELP!!!!!!!!!! (Mental998)

My friend had this happen- turned out the dealer mechanic had tie wrapped the vent hose to the frame!!!!!!!!!!!!! the tank was blown back out with air (no paint damage) but was never the same again... i found him a new tank , especially as the dealer wasnt very cooperative....
 
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Re: AHHHHHHH... Tank vacuum - sucked - HELP!!!!!!!!!! (Jamie_Ducati)

Welcome to the club! Mine was in the spring, call your dealer and also DNA customer service 1-877-382-2841 ext.4411 Mike Norman and explain the situation. Remember to be persistant and polite. It should be covered under your new bike warranty, but don't expect to keep your old tank.
Sorry to hear about it, it's a disturbing thing to see first thing in the morning eh?
Good luck!
 
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Re: AHHHHHHH... Tank vacuum - sucked - HELP!!!!!!!!!! (Timbo)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Timbo »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> but don't expect to keep your old tank.
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to clear this up first - the only way you can keep your old tank is to pay for the new one. that's how warranty works. the old tank doesn't belong to you.

i would look under the fuel cap at the little round rubber grommet - it's the vent path between tank and cap. vents from the tank inside thru the cap thru the rubber grommet into the tank body where the hoses mount. if the little hole in the grommet is not positioned correctly it'll block the vent path on the cap (it's a one way circuit, pulling air in only) and can lead to sucking the tank in.
 
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just talked to the dealership. salesman hadn't heard of it, but the warranty "specialist" had. they are going to check the vent line, order me a new tank, and let me use the existing one until it comes in. good service. fey meyers - colorado. thanks for all the help everyone.
 
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