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Old 26 April 2024, 11:41   #1
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DIY SIB fuel bladder

Instead waiting for the either very expensive or unavailable Zodiac Milpro fuel bladder, has anyone tried to adapt a motorcycle fuel bladder for SIB use? If you already have the Zodiac one, good for you, but where I am it's pretty much unobtainable.

So I was looking at the Giant Loop 5 gal Armadillo bag.
https://www.giantloopmoto.com/produc...wer-reservoir/

It is a spare fuel can/bag (with pour sprout) intended to be carried on an ATV or motorcycle. I was thinking that if I made a hole in the cap and fitted a circular Tohatsu or Suzuki fuel hose connector that it could work as my main fuel tank in a SIB. And right now I can get it on sale for about 130 EUR.

Has anyone tried this or have any thoughts on it?
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Old 26 April 2024, 13:04   #2
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Well, the finger was trigger happy today. So I already placed the order. At 117 EUR including shipping it wasn't that bad. If it doesn't work out I can always use it as just a spare fuel container.
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Old 26 April 2024, 13:05   #3
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It could work if all sealed and safe, the ex-RNLI bladders come up on here now and again:

https://www.rib.net/forum/f50/bombar...tml#post618799
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Old 26 April 2024, 13:09   #4
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It could work if all sealed and safe, the ex-RNLI bladders come up on here now and again:

https://www.rib.net/forum/f50/bombar...tml#post618799
That looks great!
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Old 27 April 2024, 07:49   #5
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You can make fuel bladders out of hypalon, some race boats do this.
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It is a spare fuel can/bag (with pour sprout)
I note that while it is clearly INTENDED to be such, they are prohibited from calling it that. Must not comply with regulations around fuel storage/transport, etc.
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To pass our Coast Guard requirements in the USA fuel storage must be USCGA (US Coast Guard) approved. So unless it has a USCGA stamp of approval we would not legally be allowed to use them.
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Old 14 May 2024, 21:12   #8
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Thanks to Ollyit, a very nice gentleman on this forum I now have a genuine Zodiac fuel bladder in my SIB. I haven't tried it yet but it looks like a fantastic piece of kit. Sure saves floor space and looks good too.

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Regarding the Giant Loop Armadillo bag I will return that since I didn't need it. But just for information it does look to be fully doable to fit an adapter to the cap and use it as a fuel bladder. It too looks good and the cap is sturdy and has a fair bit of plastic in it. It is actually possible to buy a cap as a spare part and start by modifying the cap. The only thing I don't like about the armadillo bag is that they say it isn't made to store fuel for longer periods of time. It is for short term use, like a few days.

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Looks so good in there mate! - pleased your happy
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Hey Olly - How many bladders do you have left??
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Old 16 May 2024, 15:19   #11
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Looks awesome, bladders are awesome and spread the load and free up space - just take care filling - especially the long RNLI (as per my link) type - they act like a crazy sausage snake with a life of their own!

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