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Default Fixing a dent in the gas tank

My bike has a knee dent in the tank from previous owner. I've had people give me many different ways to remove myself, but I'm a little nervous to try something and end up making a bigger problem. Has anybody have a tried and true method of do it yourself dent removal or should I take it to a professional?

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Don't have a good answer... Something like a suction cup comes to mind...
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Default Bend steel bar into C shape

make sure tank is empty and dry.You can run exhaust into the tank with a vacuum cleaner hose.Bend steel bar into C shape.Put a piece of woog in bung hole and put steel bar into tank.locate dent and pry against dent.Try not to bend bung(filler neck).Metal has a memory and will snap back to position.Use just enough pressure.
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Check into those 'paintless repair" people, take dents out of cars... you can save a bumdle if you don't have to paint it... look in the yellow pages
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Use this method with kid gloves. when i worked at the dealers, this (dented tanks) was
a common problem.
1. make sure tank is empty,clean and dry.
2. leave gas cap on.
3. open petcock to on pos (FUEL LINE removed)
4.useing comppressed air regulated to 20 psi place air gun over petcock.
5. useing short burst of air pop the dent out.

now you may need to bring the pressure up some to get the desired effect but it will work.

one other thing is that i had better luck with the tank off and a padded strap around it.

the tank will tend to spread the two halves outward away from the tunnel. As long s the

dent doesn't have a crease in it, it should work. i have done dozens of tanks this way.
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Fill with water, Place in freezer, Watch Closely !
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Fill with water, Place in freezer, Watch Closely !
I've used this too, and it works, glacialy speaking.
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Thanks everybody! I might just chicken out and take it to somebody. If try something out, I'll let you know who goes.
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If I remember correctly from my highschool autobody shop theres a couple things to consider.

Back in the old days, when car bodies were solid metal, there used to be people that could poke out dents from the inside. It was like an art. I think this was mentioned here. I believe they said in shop that you should apply pressure slightly and in a spiraling inward manner.

You have to be careful when pushing or hammering in metal, as it will expand if moved too much... especially because I don't think you could use a shrinking hammer without removing the paint.
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Someone with paintless dent tools could most likely fix that dent by going thru the petcock and filler holes with thier special tools they use..

Only bad thing...that tank is like 16 guage metal so it will look like a golf ball if the wrong person gets thier hands on it so beware..
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