Different Style Tanks?

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  1. MattLGiberson

    MattLGiberson New Member

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    Hey guys,

    Just wondering where I can get a more motorcycle style tank? I don't really care for the ones that you get in the kits. I'm looking for something a little more fitted to the frame. Any suggestions?
     
  2. manyguns

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    The fake tank on my bike had all the right lines, so I'm making it into a functional tank. I had to braze the halves together and I need to come up with a new way of mounting it. Of course I will also have to ad a petcock and filler cap. I am using plumbing fittings for those. I don't like the looks of the kit tanks either, as they look "added on." I wanted the "board tracker " look. You can see the tank in my Avatar. I'll try to post some pictures at a later time.
    Good luck.
    Tom
     
  3. sojudave

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    I'd check out egay...oops, ebay. The have a plethora of tanks from jap to harley. Don't go with one of the "custom" chopper tanks. They usually want an arm and a leg for them. Go with stock. You can pick one up for a little as 20 bucks or so. When you get these used tanks, make sure there's no rust in them. If there is, you can Kreme it. It's a compound used to treat gas tanks. I was thinking of using a classic sportster tank. They're about 1.75 gallons. Real classic look and could probably fit fine on any bike frame. I was thinking of getting one and Frisco mounting it. Frisco mounting is a chopper term where the tank is mounted on top of the back bone, instead of straddling it.
     
  4. sojudave

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    actually check out this website. Website go to the parts page and seach until you get to gas tanks. They go from about 40.00 to over a bill. They ship. The less expensive ones obviously need some work.
     
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  6. MattLGiberson

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    Thanks guys,

    I want something a little bigger and and better looking than the kit tanks. This should help a lot :)

    Cheers
     
  7. eisle89

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    Here's the one I made

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  8. Outrunner

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    Here's some pics of a Harley Sportster 883 tank, 1986 that I mounted to
    my bike. It really gives it a "motorcycle" style look to it, plus I have 2 gallons
    of fuel capacity and a quality petcock valve. I get a lot of compliments on it.
     

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  9. marvin martian

    marvin martian New Member

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    Wow Outrunner, that tank looks like it belongs there! Good looking bike.
    I used a tank from an early model Suzuki JR50 (kids dirt bike) I think it looks pretty good but I wish it was a little bigger. It holds about what a kit tank holds.
     

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  10. Outrunner

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    Hey Marvin, I like that tank that you used too. It mounts OVER the
    frame rather than on top of it and looks great! I hate the look of the stock tanks, they sort of resemble an adult wearing a childs hat that's too small!! What an extraordinary exhaust system you made, does it perform well?
    Outrunner
     
  11. marvin martian

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    Yes, I am very happy with the exhaust system. It has tons of bottom end. I designed it using a program I found somewhere on this site. It is called JavaPipe or something close to that. I weigh 300+ pounds and the bike will pull well from just above idle, and that is with a 34 tooth gear. I am sure the Mikuni carb helps some, too. I don't know how much the pipe and other mods helped the engine as I never ran this engine with the stock parts.
     
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    Ooops, I just realized, that is an old pic. That is with 49cc motor and a modified pocket bike pipe. The bike now has a 66cc motor with the pipe designed usin the Javapipe program. Here's how it looks now.
     

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    That's a real nice bike. It looks like an old bobber.
     
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    This is probly my fav pict of this bike that is sweet!
     
  15. marvin martian

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    sojudave and goat herder, thanks for the compliments on the bike. I have put a lot of time in on it and although it is running and rideable now, it is not (and probably never will be) "finished". I enjoy working on it too much to get finished:) And there are too many good ideas from the other members here that I want to try.
     
  16. sojudave

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    Speaking of all that, how do you like the seat? Looks like you used a sprung motorcycle seat.
     
  17. marvin martian

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    That is exactly what it is. Listed on ebay as a chopper or bobber seat. It is very comfortable. Making the rear bracket for it to sit on was very time consuming. The front bracket was easy. I took the steering head off of an old mongoose trick bike and tightened it inside a piece of seat post. Then I cut a piece of handlebar and brazed nuts on both ends and put it in the steering head.
     
  18. trackfodder

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    I put a Hodaka chrome tank on my Monark/5.5 Jiang Dong along with 50 cal. ammo boxes on the carrier. The tank holds 3-1/2 gal. I like it and that's the bottom line.
     
  19. grouchyolfart

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    Oh man, did you make those wood fenders? If you didn't, where'd you get them? If you did, here's a thought. How'bout wood lams for the gas tank? Not saying the gas tank is ugly. I like it. Just thought a wood accent for the tank would really look good. I saw your bike and was thinking I had some koa stashed away somewhere. I could mill the boards to make lams for a fitted gas tank as my PB project progresses. Sure wish I were still doing sheetmetal. :( Now I gotta find someone who can make me a custom fitted tank. That's going to hurt. :(
     
  20. sojudave

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    you gotta post a pic of the bike with that tank. I'd love to get my hands on a chrome hodaka tank.
     

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