gas tank

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by sward, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. sward

    sward New Member

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    I am lookin for a fat bob tank for my spoty , any one got any ideas? Or better yet, anyone got one ready to mount???
     
  2. Ken S.

    Ken S. Active Member

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    I wonder if installing a too big tank on a sporty would throw the balance off by a lot?
     
  3. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    The sporties are already top heavy compared to other bikes in the lineup.
     
  4. Terry Jackson

    Terry Jackson Member

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    One of my sportsters 1996 has a fat tank that holds about 4 gallons. It has been lowered though, and actually handles a little better than my 2002 model. I'm not sure an extra 5 to 10 lbs up in the tank area would make that much difference in handling on a street bike.
    The fat tank does give the bike a wider and bigger look, and it is a better looking bike overall.
     
  5. bar hopper

    bar hopper New Member

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    I purchased a old peanut tank for my 2000 sportster. ive runned into a problem were the peanut tank has the fuel drain under the tank that goes into the throttle, on the right side of the bike if your sitting on it, were the stock tank is on the left. is there anything i can do, or is there anything out there that will link it from one side to the other, or am i going to have to do some crafty mods? any help will be greatly appreciated. semper fi
     
  6. Ken S.

    Ken S. Active Member

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    I have a bigger custom made tank for my sporty, but haven't installed it yet.

    The guy I bought the bike from had it special made and painted to match bike color. Told me it cost him 400.00 for completed tank.

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    I'm going to put it on and try it out.

    Not sure but I think it's a 4 Gal.
     
  7. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    the older sporty tanks had the petcock on the right side when fiting a larger tank with the petcock on the left had to remove the fuel pipe to the carb and fit a longer one to reach
    so if you have a long fuel pipe going to the left side reroute the pipe and cut to suitable lenght or replace fuel pipe with a sorter one

    Brian
     
  8. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    You are correct, except on my 04 Roadster sporty, I had to change the seat as well, because the 4.2 gal tank from 05 Custom sporty is longer, changing the seat front mounting...which is okay, I like the change to the Drag Specialties Flame pattern seat and with a sheepskin gel pad outback, my gal loves it too! :D

    You could also go with a solo seat and save the pillion area for a rear low profile fender rack maintaining the "minimalist" sports, rough and ready feel the solo bike look imparts.:newsmile045:
     
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2009
  9. mary

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    This is something I have been tossing around as well. My 07 has a 3.8 gal and I fall just a bit short of keeping up with my usual crew on our longer rides when it come to my fuel needs. (They are forever asking me if I need to fuel). I really do appreciate their concern and am glad they are thinking about me but it would be nice to have that extra gallon to clear that last leg of the trip without having to stop before everyone else.

    Does anyone know if there is a bigger tank that would fit my sporty without doing MAJOR mods? I'm not worried about the extra weight. She's lowered about as low as she can go now and I don't think the few extra lbs would be enough to seriously affect the handling.

    thanks
     
  10. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Bigger tank only requires change in seat off the custom sportster (which also has the larger 4.2 gal tank, due to the length, but uses the same mounting holes and front lip ledge. Piece of cake and part numbers match up...! My '04 XL1200RS came with 3.2 gal tank, put an '05 XL1200C tank color matched, and aftermarket Drag Specialties seat (small pillion for 2-up)...but there is a separate hole for solo seat if that is your preference.