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Does anyone have experience with Rotopax fuel packs? Any suggestions on an alternative? TIA
 

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They work. You can either strap them onto the rack, buy their mounting bracket or make your own.

For a cheaper alternative just strap down a plastic gas can on the rear rack. A 1 1/2 or 2 gallon one would be really all you need. That is unless you plan on doing a extensive trail ride where you might need extra gas just to get home.
 

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Overly cautious?

I like the idea of a small fuel container but I have a cargo box on the back rack already so no space. Maybe I can fabricate a bracket for a small gas container. I liked the idea of the flat fuel container for the front rack, but maybe I'm just being over cautious. Too many motorcycle rides through Wyoming I guess. The land of the 100 mile gas station.
 

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I want to try the rotopax but I'm just not sure it's worth it for the price. I am very tempted to make a small rack for the hitch that I can strap a 2 gallon can to.
 

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MonkeyBomb - That's a good idea, keeps the weight down low and doesn't damage the plastic if it leaks. Should be pretty easy to fabricate a metal frame to slide a gas can into. Have to keep it away from the muffler though, or running out of gas will be the least of your problems.
 

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The one drawback that I have heard about the Rotopax fuel can is the lack of a decent spout on the can itself.

Unless they have redesigned it from what I have seen it is just a piece of aluminum that extends out of the opening for you to pour the fuel through into the tank.
 

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When I go out on a trip where there is a chance I may need extra fuel I just bring one or two small "cheap" (seems like none of them are truly cheap any more) gas cans that I strap into my front cargo box -- an open box made out of stainless steel diamond plate by my cousin who is a professional welder.
 

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JimP - I've heard that too. Sounds like others have tried using the water tank spout instead with better results. They don't give those tanks away, but from what I've read here and on other forums, the quality is worth the price.

I was on the Rotopax website and saw that they also make a lower priced (and what appears to be a lower quality) version called the Fuelpax. Has anyone had any experience with this model or any other brands? I see that Kolpin makes something similar that's cheaper, but I've read lots of reviews about them leaking.

I'm leaning towards a front rack mount version. With my cargo box on the back rack there isn't much room for anything additional. Mounting to the side of the cargo box forces the tanks out beyond the width of the quad which doesn't seem like a good idea, and mounting it in back of the cargo box seems like it would make accessing the box cumbersome. I suppose a person would get used to it though, and it would only be for long backwoods treks, so probably okay. Any thoughts on mounting locations?

Thanks for all the feedback. Keep the suggestions coming...
 

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No flex what so ever. I ran a bead of black silicone on the back of the bracket and the back of the fender washers that are on the inside and bolted it together. Silicone was to help bond and seal it. My can is only 1.75 gallon(didn't want to go to large). If anything that part of the box is more rigid than the rest.
 

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No flex what so ever. I ran a bead of black silicone on the back of the bracket and the back of the fender washers that are on the inside and bolted it together. Silicone was to help bond and seal it. My can is only 1.75 gallon(didn't want to go to large). If anything that part of the box is more rigid than the rest.
I didn't think to attach the tank directly to the storage box, good idea! Is that an OEM bracket or did you have to modify/fabricate something? I have the factory Yamaha storage box on the rear rack (which I love as it nests right into the rack) so my only concern would be the tanks sticking out too far. Does anyone know of a cargo rack add-on for the factory box? or ideas for fabrication?
 

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I ordered that bracket when I ordered the tank and mine does have the lock. Unless you feel your gonna leave your machine unattened and someone is gonna steel the fuel tank I wound just save the money. I don't use mine. No fab was needed. Just four holes.
 

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I have a Kolpin Outfitter box on my base 700. Ordered 2 Rotopaxs 1.75g one for fuel one water. Plan on bolting the bracket to the box with a backing plate inside. The corner of my rack sticks out past the back corner of the box if u can see it in the photo. I'm hoping the tanks will rest on that corner to take some of the stress off the box. Have some heavy duty rubber mat about 1/2" think that I might put between the two.
 

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Oops F
forgot the pic. I also bolted the box thru the bottom directly to the rack. The straps are for....nothing.
 

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forgot the pic. I also bolted the box thru the bottom directly to the rack. The straps are for....nothing.
looks just like what I had to work with. That's gonna work out perfect. The self venting nozzle I bought for mine might be the same one that comes with the water tank. I made sure to mount my bracket so the nozzle of tank was up while it was mounted. Just in case it ever leaked/something hit it. I also tested everything with water first to make sure there were no leaks before putting gas in it.
 
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