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I have a '80 and '81 XLS roadster with original Superglide style tanks, petcock is on the left, filler hole centre. Rear attachment is by spring, front bolts thru the frame, important is the rubber horseshoe donut that sits over the frame under the tank. The '79 XLS had the stock sporty tank
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The Super Glide and Roadster tank also mount very low to minimize raising the center of gravity.

Whatever you get you will want a high tunnel tank so it sits as low as possible so it does not raise the center of gravity any more than the already high CG that an Ironhead already has.

This is also important for handle bar clearance a Mustang tank usually sits pretty high and may interfere with the bars.
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I have a '80 and '81 XLS roadster with original Superglide style tanks, petcock is on the left, filler hole centre. Rear attachment is by spring, front bolts thru the frame, important is the rubber horseshoe donut that sits over the frame under the tank. The '79 XLS had the stock sporty tank
Am I correct then to understand that the Roadster tanks would all have been just superglide tanks and that they all would have had the petcock on the left side? At least as it applies to 80-81 and 79?
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The 80-81 [plus maybe 79 and 82] 3.6 liter Roadster tank is not "just" a superglide tank. The mani tank is the same between the two but the mounting parts at the front are not the same.

I do not know if there is a superglide tank that is similar to the 83-85 Roadster tank which has a tank mounted speedometer etc. Another forum member may comment on this.
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