Advantage of VP-style gas cans?

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6/27/2018 11:49 AM

My…maybe 10 year old(?) gas can developed a leak—any reason to go with one of the cans everyone at the track seems to use? What's the advantage over a more traditional can?

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6/27/2018 11:54 AM

If I’m not mistaken I think it more for looks and to support a company that takes an interest in moto. I have heard that metal cans are better because they don’t break down in the hot sun and contaminate the gas.

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6/27/2018 11:55 AM

Do you mean the cans or the plastic ones?

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6/27/2018 11:58 AM

Fuel will leach out of a plastic can and the fuel can also degrade faster. If you use a plastic can, do not store fuel in it for more than a week without some kind of fuel stabilizer in it.
I haven't heard about the plastic contaminating the fuel, but I suppose it's possible.

Here in CA, it's illegal to store fuel in anything except a government-approved can, which of course does not work as well as a VP-style one. The state, in its infinite wisdom, intended to create a spill-proof can. What they managed to design was a can that without fail, will always spill fuel. It is literally impossible to use a CA gas can without losing fuel. And yes, I know how to use the word "literally."

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Braaapin' aint easy.

6/27/2018 11:59 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/27/2018 11:59 AM

First image I saw with 'hose' attached, though it looks like a old one:

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6/27/2018 12:01 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/27/2018 12:03 PM

I use the VP can. I use it for everything. The new gas tanks they sell at the store have those "safety spill" spouts that get gas everywhere and generally suck. So just get a new VP one and keep fresh fuel in it.
Before I go riding I dump any gas remaining in the can in my truck and then get a few gallons to ride with. I also use this gas for my other power equipment, pretty much use premium in everything now. 1 gas can for everything and if you do as I said above it's always fresh gas.

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6/27/2018 12:01 PM

Just find someone that is throwing away a used 5 gallon metal race fuel can and use that.

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6/27/2018 12:06 PM

These are the deal!

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6/27/2018 12:15 PM

That one is pretty obvious the advantage—but does it somehow auto shutoff once the tank is full? Also doesn't look kind of unwieldy like the VP.

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6/27/2018 12:38 PM

abomination wrote:

That one is pretty obvious the advantage—but does it somehow auto shutoff once the tank is full? Also doesn't look kind of ...more

Yeah it "auto shuts off" when the gas covers the end of the spout. Works really well I have one. Kind of like a dump can for racing but slower.

I use mine on an IMS 3 gallon tank and it fills it up basically to the brim. If I want to completely fill it up I lean it to the side just a little while depressed.

They have 3 and 5 gallon cans. The 5 when full can be a little unwieldy but not horrible. If I was filling bikes up all the time I would consider a 3 gallon for that reason. But once a week for a trail ride, the 5 gallon works best for me.

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6/27/2018 1:13 PM

kNewc wrote:

I use the VP can. I use it for everything. The new gas tanks they sell at the store have those "safety spill" spouts that get ...more

People are really this crazy about their gas??

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6/27/2018 1:14 PM

abomination wrote:

That one is pretty obvious the advantage—but does it somehow auto shutoff once the tank is full? Also doesn't look kind of ...more

Yes

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6/27/2018 1:18 PM

agn5009 wrote:

People are really this crazy about their gas??

Must be. I use what gas I have in the can for my bike and pressure washer. When it runs out I put more gas in the can. Haven't had any issues in the 25yrs I have been riding.

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6/27/2018 1:18 PM

abomination wrote:

First image I saw with 'hose' attached, though it looks like a old one:

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I use these. Reason being is i hate going to the pump before riding. I can buy 5 gallons of cam2 and it will last 3 or so days. Also i need to keep my mower gas and race gas seperate so the vp container works

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6/27/2018 1:24 PM

I have a bachelors degree...which doesn't automatically make me intelligent...but I think I'm not dumb.

Moral of the story. I was about to buy a new can at Wal-Mart the other day for lawn mower gas...I couldn't figure out how to use it, thought I was going to break it. I didn't buy one, will probably just try to get another VP style can.

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6/27/2018 1:25 PM

kkawboy14 wrote:

These are the deal!

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What brand is that?

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6/27/2018 1:33 PM

the only place you get busted for using the regular cans is generally in BLM land or woods. ive never seen anyone get a ticket at the track.
in Ca that is.

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6/27/2018 1:34 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/27/2018 1:35 PM

Tuff Jug is the brand

but the design seems to be white labeled under a few different others as well.

http://www.tuffjug.com

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6/27/2018 1:36 PM

I have 3 of the normal VP cans everyone uses for the bikes. I bought a weed eater and a little 1 gallon gas can for weed eater. That little non spil can is the biggest hunk of crap. Literally spills gas everywhere every time i use it. Whoever made those “non spill” cans needs to be shot.

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6/27/2018 1:37 PM

My new fave gas can. These are awesome and beat the heck out of an old school VP plastic can.
The funnel is attached and this thing is so easy to use. I have yet to spill a drop. I will never store gas in a plastic can again. And don't forget the stabilizer!

https://www.amazon.com/Eagle-UI-50-FS-Galvanized-Gasoline-Capacity/dp/B00004Y75M/ref=pd_sim_328_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00004Y75M&pd_rd_r=4DAQHG4EKHYYPB7FHBY9&pd_rd_w=Na260&pd_rd_wg=geq7Q&psc=1&refRID=4DAQHG4EKHYYPB7FHBY9&dpID=41QdmBwBqVL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=detail

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6/27/2018 2:00 PM

TJMX947 wrote:

I have a bachelors degree...which doesn't automatically make me intelligent...but I think I'm not dumb.

Moral of the story. ...more

The new safety can actually work really good for pouring a quart at a time into a push lawn mower that is sitting close to the ground so the can has to be tilted before pouring. The self vented flow is slower than shit though and sucks ass to even pour 2 gallons into a dirtbike.

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6/27/2018 2:13 PM

I think the nozzles that screw into the metal vp style cans are probably the best way to go fuel quality wise. Plastic + heat =no bueno for fuel

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6/27/2018 2:16 PM

murph783 wrote:

I think the nozzles that screw into the metal vp style cans are probably the best way to go fuel quality wise. Plastic + heat ...more

I just pour straight into the tank from the VP steel cans.

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6/27/2018 2:18 PM

Infamous wrote:

My new fave gas can. These are awesome and beat the heck out of an old school VP plastic can.
The funnel is attached and this ...more

Yes those are awesome - much safer as well.

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6/27/2018 2:25 PM

Infamous wrote:

My new fave gas can. These are awesome and beat the heck out of an old school VP plastic can.
The funnel is attached and this ...more

did you noticed the quantity/ pricing options lol?

1- 37
2 -180
3 - 2600
4 - 358

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6/27/2018 2:29 PM

i like the vp cans. i have this rack on my trailer to carry my 3 cans.

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6/27/2018 4:16 PM

Falcon wrote:

Fuel will leach out of a plastic can and the fuel can also degrade faster. If you use a plastic can, do not store fuel in it ...more

Hah, this is the truth. Those VP style cans are actually "illegal" in California. You can buy them, but only for use as a "water" container. We were riding in Stonyford OHV (awesome place by the way) and saw a forest ranger tell someone they had to leave or forfeit their VP cans. Of course I had the same style cans, just kept them out of sight! Unreal....

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6/27/2018 7:31 PM

Infamous wrote:

My new fave gas can. These are awesome and beat the heck out of an old school VP plastic can.
The funnel is attached and this ...more

slothy wrote:

did you noticed the quantity/ pricing options lol?

1- 37
2 -180
3 - 2600
4 - 358

Order 3...I want to see if they also charge you shipping ;P

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6/27/2018 8:48 PM

Other than looking like a parking lot pro, no advantage.

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6/27/2018 8:58 PM

Yeah…only thing I've seen posted here is complaints about spilling from no-spill tanks, which I have no issue with.

I've got a few of these and aside from pouring a little slow, no complaints.

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