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    Looking for recommendations on a do-it-yourself auxiliary fuel tank install. Anybody bought it and install it themselves? Pros and Cons.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimLindenberg View Post
    Looking for recommendations on a do-it-yourself auxiliary fuel tank install. Anybody bought it and install it themselves? Pros and Cons.....
    I'm really the wrong person to ask this question and probably shouldn't even comment but since I'm here.

    What size tank do you have now? I'm a big proponent of getting off the trike and stretching my legs. I have a '13 with a 6 gal tank and after 175-185 miles I'm ready to get some blood back in my butt. Granted I do carry a gal of extra gas in my trunk for emergencies but what is the rush that you have to go non-stop for 240-260 miles. Iron Butt run?? I've done several of those but still stopped to stretch my legs.

    Welcome aboard and maybe somebody else is a little more positive about adding that modification and can help ya.

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    I had a 97 GL1500 with aux Roadsmith tank. You flipped a switch to change from main to aux tank or vice versa. I now have an 06 and they changed the aux tank function a tad. You run on main tank and when the low fuel light comes on, you flick a toggle and it pumps gas from the aux tank to the main. I go a bit over 250 miles on both tanks (about 28-29 mpg) and there is still a bit of fuel on tap and haven't stretched it beyond that point.

    Since the GL1800 trike is sort of fuel thirsty, an aux tank is a good thing to have in my opinion and was a must when I was looking. As far as installing your own aux tank (non Roadsmith), not sure if any are out there. Body will have to come off I believe to install any aux tank. Roadsmith calls their aux tank 5 gallons but it holds perhaps 4.5 gallons; not sure as I don't think it is pumped totally dry when pushing the fuel over to the main tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan View Post
    I'm really the wrong person to ask this question and probably shouldn't even comment but since I'm here.

    What size tank do you have now? I'm a big proponent of getting off the trike and stretching my legs. I have a '13 with a 6 gal tank and after 175-185 miles I'm ready to get some blood back in my butt. Granted I do carry a gal of extra gas in my trunk for emergencies but what is the rush that you have to go non-stop for 240-260 miles. Iron Butt run?? I've done several of those but still stopped to stretch my legs.

    Welcome aboard and maybe somebody else is a little more positive about adding that modification and can help ya.

    I just want the "comfort" of knowing I have the extra gas. I also carry a gas can in the trunk. It's just the last trip we were on the gas stations fell in the wrong place and seemed like we stopped every 50 miles because of the distance between gas station. We usually on ride 100 miles then take a break/

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    I just want the "comfort" of knowing I have the extra gas. I also carry a gas can in the trunk. It's just the last trip we were on the gas stations fell in the wrong place and seemed like we stopped every 50 miles because of the distance between gas station. We usually on ride 100 miles then take a break....

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    Quote Originally Posted by geol View Post
    I had a 97 GL1500 with aux Roadsmith tank. You flipped a switch to change from main to aux tank or vice versa. I now have an 06 and they changed the aux tank function a tad. You run on main tank and when the low fuel light comes on, you flick a toggle and it pumps gas from the aux tank to the main. I go a bit over 250 miles on both tanks (about 28-29 mpg) and there is still a bit of fuel on tap and haven't stretched it beyond that point. Since the GL1800 trike is sort of fuel thirsty, an aux tank is a good thing to have in my opinion and was a must when I was looking. As far as installing your own aux tank (non Roadsmith), not sure if any are out there. Body will have to come off I believe to install any aux tank. Roadsmith calls their aux tank 5 gallons but it holds perhaps 4.5 gallons; not sure as I don't think it is pumped totally dry when pushing the fuel over to the main tank.
    I would buy the Roadsmith Aux Tank and was curious if anybody has installed one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimLindenberg View Post
    I would buy the Roadsmith Aux Tank and was curious if anybody has installed one.
    Both trikes I bought with the tank already installed.

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    When I got my RS kit installed the aux tank was top of my list. Like mentioned above the rear plastic would have to come off. Also when no aux tank trunk is deeper. With the aux tank the trunk is a little shallower. You could be hard pressed to install one.

    I donít have to go for 300 miles on my extra tank, I donít very often. But if I know Iíll be going farther than my main will go I fill it up. When riding with friends and they ask on cb if I need to stop for fuel I tell them naw, Iím filling up now as we ride.

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    Would not cross country without one. Even then, had to beg for fuel a couple times.
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