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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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(I've done a search of the forums twice now and can't find this answer...)

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Inside the tank, immediately forward of the gas cap (about the 1 o'clock position) and in front of the neck flange, there is what looks to be a little metallic cylinder of sorts (1ci?) and it's attached to a piece of metal that feels to be about 1/2" wide x 3" across to the left side of the tank. You can cup two fingers under there and feel the assembly.
I've looked in my RepairPro service manual and I don't see any mention of this.

Whatever it is just came loose after my last fill up. The attached "arm" is now acting like a spring and when the bike vibrates in just a certain way, this cylinder makes an obnoxiously loud pinging as it hammers the underside of the gas tank.
It feels like there's probably 1/16" - 1/8" (2-3mm for you metric chaps) clearance between the top of the cylinder and my tank.

So what's up with my bike? I rode it approximately 10 miles home and that's about it. I didn't notice any performance or ride issues of any type. And there's no leaks anywhere that I can see nor smell. (My bike is a Victory, not a H-D )

Below is a quick & dirty reference to it's approximate size and location.
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Well now isnt that bizarre?

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Attachment 7237 this is what is in the tank..

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Go to your dealer and have him call victory. Ask them to warranty it for you

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Gibson...that's the same diagram in my service manual and what's 'up in there' isn't shown in the diagram, at least not from how I'm looking at it. Based on my picture, what does it correlate to in the diagram?

VisionJohnny...What is the problem that I'm taking it to them for? And how do I get it warrantied 9 years later? I only had a 5-yr warranty on the bike.
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The tubing for the fuel pickups would probably be right about where you think the problem is.

Your best bet is going to be draining the tank, pulling it off, flipping it over and taking the fuel pump assembly out. You may want to get a fuel pump gasket and a couple of fuel pickup filter bags before you start.

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The tubing for the fuel pickups would probably be right about where you think the problem is.
Umby, why would tubing for fuel pickups be at the front-topside of the tank where there's normally just air? The fuel pump (and respective fuel pickups?) is at the back-bottomside of the tank where the fuel collects.

...And I'm still unsure of what that little cylinder is.
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It's probably just your government tracking device. Don't worry :P

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Comparing the fuel pump assy to the tank in the IPB it looks like the tubing could reach that far forward. Granted pictures can be deceiving but the only way you'll know for sure is to pull the pump and get a look from the bottom.

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Well, bad news for me.
I had the dealer tech call Victory. Apparently, what I'm seeing is the baffle that holds the breather tubes in place. This baffle is spot-welded inside the tank at the fab plant. And that's pretty much it.
Once the tank is sealed up, there's no real way to get to it without opening up the tank or doing some Bubba Engineering.
And even if it could be spot-welded again, how would you do that without marring the painted side?

According to Victory via the dealer tech, they used the same tank from '03-'07 and haven't had any reports of this problem. "Yea, Me!"

So what are my options? (Anyone feel free to chime in)
  • try to get another tank and get it painted same color (Sonic Blue)?
  • try to argue with Victory for replacement?
  • ???
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