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Hello folks

Oil tank on my 2005 883 blew so I bought a used 2007 tank. Everything was dry for a while. Now it is seeping again at the seam on the left side.

A what is the capacity of the plastic tank?
B Which tank metal would be easier to install 2000 to 2003 or 93 to 96 metal tank?
C would 3 quart of oil be enough for the motor. Currently fill with 2.7 quarts.
I will need to make something to hold the fuse box.
I do not have a welder so I would jimmy a strap bracket.
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Later plastic tank have a relief safety valve.. they do not blow anymore... i suggest to buy one of these...
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Hello folks

Oil tank on my 2005 883 blew so I bought a used 2007 tank. Everything was dry for a while. Now it is seeping again at the seam on the left side.

A what is the capacity of the plastic tank?
B Which tank metal would be easier to install 2000 to 2003 or 93 to 96 metal tank?
C would 3 quart of oil be enough for the motor. Currently fill with 2.7 quarts.
I will need to make something to hold the fuse box.
I do not have a welder so I would jimmy a strap bracket.
Any comment will be welcomed.
When you said blew, do you mean it split at the seam, the same seam as the 2007 tank?
A: approximately 3qts
B: both styles would have to be modified, how much? I dont' know, because you have to decide what battery is going to fit in there. Rubbermount frame dimensions are different than solid mount frames.
C: Stock 2005 oil capacity is 3.2qts dry (no oil in it at all, like after a complete overhaul) otherwise it takes 2.4-2.8 qts at an oil change.

It seems unlikely that overfilling or oil pressure would blow an oil tank, so I would look for something that's causing excess vibration on your oil tanks.
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Hi
Yes the seam split. I've been having problems with the crank so the bike is apart to get that fixed so i have time to check the possibilities.

Nibelugen do you know what year the relief valve was put on the oil tanks?

From what I can see it looks like a 2000 2003 tank would stick out an inch further then the plastic oil tank. But I don't have the exact measurement of the tank so it is hard to tell with out buying one if I could make fit.
Does anyone have the measurements?

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I did not remember exactly the year of deployment of tank with relief valve...
Here there are many guys more expert than me though...
Anyway you could buy a new oem one... sure it will be fitted with that (ask the dealer before order)...
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Lot of different tanks since 04 and at least 2 number changes for that
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Looking closer tonight the tank may be okay. The bike did puke oil from the case a while back and it may have splashed on the oil tank. I will need to pressure test.
There must be a way to put a 2000 metal tank on this bike.
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If you buy a replacement tank, any leakage/defects should be covered by the parts warranty. Maybe try another stock tank?

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Well I pressure tested the oil tank today. No leak around the seems.
So oil it must of sprayed when the bike puke oil by the crank vent.
I won't need a new tank. The one I have on is from a 2007 .
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