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Offline tripler

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Diesel how to remove safely from system
« on: February 25, 2019, 11:15:21 AM »
I've just put a full tank of Diesel into my Tiger 800xrt. How can it safely be removed from system. I'm getting it recovered and have the option of taking it to a local off-road specialist who is prepared to 'have a go'or pay 150 to have it pumped out by the breakdown guys. Any tips as I've never even had tank off bike, let alone clear fuel system. The bike is just out of warranty and Triumph dealer is miles away and have no technicians in on a Monday to advise!
I'm sure between me and the off-road guy we can sort this but how?
Thanks in anticipation.
« Last Edit: February 25, 2019, 11:17:47 AM by tripler »

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Re: Diesel how to remove safely from system
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2019, 11:28:52 AM »
Did you start the engine or try to turn it over?
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Re: Diesel how to remove safely from system
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2019, 11:39:34 AM »
Hi, yes I rode the bike maybe 500 yards from petrol station the bike started to cough and splutter. switched off motor. I only had 70 miles worth of petrol left in tank before I filled with diesel.

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Re: Diesel how to remove safely from system
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2019, 02:02:41 PM »
Syphon it out?
It's not as bad as you think. The diesel will act as a lubricant whereas petrol into a diesel will act as a cleaner and strip off any protective lube.
Fill up the tank after and eventually you'll be sorted.
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Re: Diesel how to remove safely from system
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2019, 02:49:09 PM »
I did this ~18 months back. Filling up (was down to ~45-L), realised after adding ~12L, started the bike and rode ~ 1/2 mile home but no symptoms.
Took the tank off, not as difficult as I thought, and siphoned/poured out the fuel. Washed the tank with ~1L clean petrol, did this 3 times (better than 3L once), reassembled and ~ 3L into the tank. Started up, needed a few attempts then caught. Lots of white smoke for a minute or so as the diesel in the pump and injectors burnt off and then  no problems. Been perfect since.  :038:

I count myself lucky, I always fill up at the station closest to home at the end of a ride.

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Re: Diesel how to remove safely from system
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2019, 06:35:39 PM »
I did this in Alaska the first week of our round the world trip. Rode a short distance, lots of smoke etc. Emptied tank, refilled with unleaded, started bike and carried on. That was almost 50,000 miles ago. No adverse affects as far as I'm aware.

I have a full write-up of the experience here http://www.tiger800rtw.com/tiger-800xc-diesel/

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PS I can pretty much guarantee that the breakdown guys will not pump anything out. They'll empty the tank, put some unleaded in, start the bike and run it until the white smoke stops and give it back to you with a large invoice. IMHO :-)
« Last Edit: February 25, 2019, 06:39:43 PM by stevedo »
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Re: Diesel how to remove safely from system
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2019, 07:07:21 PM »
*Originally Posted by stevedo [+]

...PS I can pretty much guarantee that the breakdown guys will not pump anything out. They'll empty the tank, put some unleaded in, start the bike and run it until the white smoke stops and give it back to you with a large invoice. IMHO :-)

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Re: Diesel how to remove safely from system
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2019, 07:12:30 AM »
*Originally Posted by stevedo [+]


PS I can pretty much guarantee that the breakdown guys will not pump anything out. They'll empty the tank, put some unleaded in, start the bike and run it until the white smoke stops and give it back to you with a large invoice. IMHO :-)

Yup that'll be what will happen.

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Re: Diesel how to remove safely from system
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2019, 10:18:02 AM »
*Originally Posted by JonesTheBass [+]
Took the tank off, not as difficult as I thought, and siphoned/poured out the fuel.

I wouldn't even remove the tank. With the bike on sidestand I would simply (and carefully avoiding internals) feed the syphon pipe towards the lowest point of the tank, that's all I did to drain my Street Triple (not for diesel reasons). The small amount you don't get out missed with a full tank of petrol will be well diluted.
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Re: Diesel how to remove safely from system
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2019, 10:39:28 AM »
*Originally Posted by Stevie.P [+]
I wouldn't even remove the tank. With the bike on sidestand I would simply (and carefully avoiding internals) feed the syphon pipe towards the lowest point of the tank, that's all I did to drain my Street Triple (not for diesel reasons). The small amount you don't get out missed with a full tank of petrol will be well diluted.
that's what I would do.

 


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