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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-15-2017, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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And they said it couldn't be done...

Vintage tank bands on a modern classic...



Temporarily in place prior to new tank going on.
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Gorgeous! Do they slip under the knee pads, or stop just at? Also, what is that hose with the red plastic connection? Nice work.

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Also, what is that hose with the red plastic connection? Nice work.
Fuel line disconnected...since the tank was just placed back on bike I guess.

I was expecting to see the strap down the centerline of the tank, like the new ThurnxR's have....Never seen a side strap like this. Were they historically used to hold the tank some how?

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Gorgeous! Do they slip under the knee pads, or stop just at? Also, what is that hose with the red plastic connection? Nice work.
I'm replacing the tank. It's damaged on top. I figured it was a good time to use it as a mock-up. The hose is the fuel-line.

I took the knee pad compeletely off, but I didn't need to. With the tabs ground off the tank band, the trailing edge of the band tucks slightly under the leading edge of the pad and the leading edge of the band butts up nicely against the front flange of the tank.

I also bought period tank pads, but they were too thick. They match the curve of the trailing edge of the band exactly, unlike the modern pad. So my option was to reshape the curve on the band, or tuck it under. I opted for the easier tucking.

When I put the new tank on, I think I'll install the pads first (I bought new ones), leaving the front quarter of the adhesive backing on, slip in the band, and then remove the rest of the backing. The adhesive is SUPER strong.

Because I didn't care about scratching the mockup tank, I didn't tape off the area or smooth off the trailing and leading edges of the band, which is why you see a little scratch at the top back corner of the band.
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Fuel line disconnected...since the tank was just placed back on bike I guess.

I was expecting to see the strap down the centerline of the tank, like the new ThurnxR's have....Never seen a side strap like this. Were they historically used to hold the tank some how?
No, they were strictly decoration (also called "styling bands"). They fastened to the tank with the emblem screws, a screw (I guess) under the tank pad, and by bending the front tabs (which I removed) around the front rim of the old tank.
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Great work on finding these straps, what a fine look they give against the black. Too bad the thicker tank pads didn't work, my '02 pads are thin and look apologetic. PM me if you're looking to sell the thick ones - Thanks!

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I cut up one of the pads seeing if I could trim it, to make it work, but it didn't. These are the pads. They're VERY thick. Looked out of place.
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They do look great against the black, right? I was originally thinking to paint the recessed stripes black (as they would have been done in the '50's), but now I'm not sure.

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I vote for the painted recessed stripes. Looks slick!
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