A metal tub, often referred to as a “metal bucket,” is an aluminum intake tube for a Honda CBR500R.
It was originally made by Subaru and has a plastic housing, but is now being made by metal-based suppliers.
Like many other automotive components, metal tubs have been plagued with leaks, but the company that makes the tubs is making a significant effort to prevent this from happening.
The company has been using an advanced water-repellent coat on the tubing, but it has been known to be leaky before.
While the tub has been made in Japan, it is now made in the United States.
Here are 10 things to know about metal tub buckets and the plastic housing.
What is a metal tub?
The metal tub is an optional upgrade for the CBR 500R that replaces the factory plastic housing with a steel tube, which has a diameter of 2.7 inches and can be bolted onto the bike or placed on the ground.
The plastic housing is made of metal, and it comes in either aluminum or carbon fiber.
Metal tubs are sold in Japan for $20 to $30, but some manufacturers are charging $150 to $300 for the same model.
What do the plastic housings look like?
Most metal tub builders use the plastic mounting bracket and the bolt-on hose, but many metal tub makers make their tubs with the metal housing bolted on.
The housing comes in many different shapes, but most are 1.75 inches wide and can accommodate up to 10 gallons of water.
A typical tub can be 4 feet long, and the tub is made from stainless steel and has an average life span of about 12 years.
The metal housing does not have to be welded together and is removable, but there are some things you need to know.
A metal tube is only as strong as the material it’s made from.
Metal tube makers can easily make a tube that’s only 5 inches wide with a 6.5mm bolt-ons hose.
But with a plastic tube, that tube is going to bend if you don’t tighten it enough.
There’s a big downside to the plastic tub housing: the plastic tube can flex a lot, especially when you try to push it back on and put it on the bike.
That flex can be extremely painful and result in a lot of flex in the tube.
The tub will eventually break, but that won’t happen if you keep it on your bike.
The fiber housing has an additional plastic component inside, called the housing plate.
It can be attached to the tub by screws or by a bolt-together hose.
You’ll need to keep the plastic plastic housing on the tub as it gets older.
A plastic tub also doesn’t require a hose to run from the exhaust pipe, so it doesn’t make for an ideal solution for those who are trying to build their own tub.
How do I get a metal tube?
You’ll find metal tub building guides on Amazon and at local motorcycle shops, but if you’re looking for a more convenient way to build your own tub, you can also find metal tube kits online.
These kits come with everything you need, including a plastic tub, a hose, a bolt, and a tube.
You can also buy parts online.
How much does it cost to build a metal intake tubing?
The price depends on the type of metal tube you want to build, but for most tub builders, it’s usually about $20.
Most metal tube builders can order their tub and then add on parts to make it work.
Some builders also order parts and then build their tub themselves, which can be a more time-consuming process.
But, for the most part, you’ll only pay for the parts you need.
What about corrosion?
If your tub breaks and you want the tubing repaired, it may be best to just replace the plastic portion with another metal tube.
This is because plastic tubs usually take up a lot more space than metal tubes.
But metal tub owners also can take their tub off the bike and repair the damage, or replace the tubing.
This repair will cost a bit more than buying a new tub.
What else can I do with metal tubbing?
While metal tub construction kits are very popular, they can be pricey.
You might want to consider getting an upgrade kit for a metal exhaust tube to take on the challenge of building your own.
You should also be aware of the potential for a leak.
The more plastic tubing you use on a motorcycle, the more chances you have of having a leak on it.
If you’re unsure about the type and quality of the metal tubing you’re using, check with your local tub builder.
Metal tubing should not be used for anything but pure-bred bikes.
Metal is not good for bikes that are used to using carbon fiber, which is the most expensive material in motorcycle parts.