View Full Version : Jerry can mounting question

08-06-2009, 6:46 PM
I'm getting my Honda sorted for a long haul trip and I'm going solo so I need to strap some extra fuel to my bike.

I have a 5 liter steel fuel can I scored from a surplus store.
I prefer this to a red plastic one because it's neither red nor plastic.
Plus, the metal one has a flat top that will act as a supplementary spot to lash my tent or tools.

My question is this:

How close to the exhaust is too close for a jerry can?




I could mount it on the other side but I'm planning on stashing my 'items I really don't want to stink like exhaust or melt' bag there.

I think it should be fine, as the exhaust will be flowing through the handle primarily but I figured I would ask or at least offer my self up for ridicule.
A running theme for me.

08-06-2009, 6:50 PM
Put some turnouts on the tips and you should be good to go. Where you going this time around?!? You know you need to make Vegas a stop!

08-06-2009, 7:54 PM
You could always tack weld a heat shield to the tank. You know, stand it off just a quarter inch or so. Simple, unobstructive & would keep a LOT of heat off of that fuel. Just a suggestion.

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08-06-2009, 9:38 PM
+1 on a small deflective heat shield!

08-06-2009, 11:47 PM
I dont think the exhaust gases would be hot enough to vaporize the fuel in the canister. I figure you should be fine, but if its really eatin at you just ride to the auto parts store and pick up a cheap $2 turnout.

08-07-2009, 2:50 AM
its probably absolutely fine but i dont think id be too happy with it that close for me. id def. think about making something up to put on the can to deflect the heat

dont know where i got this pic from but this is one of my favourite petrol can mounting solutions - functional and solid just how i like stuff. maybe not all that pretty but ive always been a bit of a fan of nasty nasty. if you have space on the rear somewhere id personally go more this solution - a can full of gas is heavy and id want the loads going downwards not pulling at a tab off the side

08-07-2009, 6:29 AM
El, is that tank vented in any way?

I wouldn't sweat that at all; hell, you could even fill it shy of completely full and keep that level down. Yeah, I know it will be sloshing around, but I felt my input was necessary...

08-07-2009, 6:42 AM
if'n you're worried about sloshing you could get some fuel cell foam like they sell for race cars.

08-07-2009, 10:42 AM
Shawn, why don't you just stash the extra gas in your beard?!?!

08-07-2009, 12:47 PM
The tanks not vented, but I did have a discussion with a friend of mine who is the know when it comes to gases and what not and he suggested keeping it as full as possible as well.
Apparently, while both the liquid and the fumes both expand with heat, the fumes expand faster and with a greater volume.
And seeing as how it will either be completely full or totally empty, I'm not gonna sweat it.
I think the full or empty approach will also eliminate any sloshing issues as well.
Hanging it off the back would mean relocating my taillight and I don't really have a good way to mount it from there.

I'm going to build a small rack/basket that I'll have secured at four points as well as strapped.

Hopefully it will be strong enough and not look like total ass.

08-07-2009, 1:43 PM
I'm going to build a small rack/basket that I'll have secured at four points as well as strapped.


08-07-2009, 3:48 PM
That basket screams outlaw spirit!

08-09-2009, 4:56 PM
Alright here it is.

Yeah I'm dragging a post up just to showcase my basket making abilities. Or lack there of.

This is what I came up with.



It's a bit "San Fransisco' But as long as I don't add any studs I should be fine.

The straps hold the can in super tight and I stitched the fat hold down strap so it won't stretch as much.
It's secured with three M8 bolts and a piece the clips over the upper tube.
Don't look too close as the welds are pretty gnarly looking.
I ran out of Argon for my TiG so I had to use my Mig.
Then they would have been crappy looking TiG welds!
Who cares as long as it does the job.
It seems plenty strong, I can just about lift the bike off the ground with it and I can stand on the can.

Of course, a I was bolting it on for the final time, I realize that there's a kick stand that has to fit in there.
Not a big deal as it still folds up and out of the way enough not to be an issue.
So it goes.

08-09-2009, 5:30 PM
great jaerb there homestar!!!