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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 main 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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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
I just found what I'm pretty sure is a 3.5 gal 1980-81 Roadster tank (#60976-80) so now I need to track down the correct petcock and other rear mounting parts as I wait for the tank to get shipped to me.

Anyone know if there is a oem factory part number for the petcock valve, the 22mm nut, filter gasket etc. all as one assembly?

My manual lists the XLS petcock (FX too I'm assuming) as just the stripped valve, part #62167-81. Its interesting that my factory 79-82 parts manual catalog doesn't show this particular petcock for the 80, it just shows it for 81- on XLS.
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J&P Cycles used to have a mounting kit especially for the SuperGlide tanks. This kit worked also for the 80-81 Roadster tank. I do not see it on their site now. But it would be worth looking into.

They do still have the rubber horseshoe that is the main part needed to mount the rear; it is part of a kit for a different tank. Ask if you can order it as a separate item. Use that and an intake o-ring stretched between the two rear hooks and you have the rear taken care of.

For the front you just need two long bolts/washers/nuts plus two rubber well nuts to fit. For the well nuts start with a google search you will find lots.
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I use 2 of the rubber horseshoes on my '77 XLT Superglide tank, a full size one for the front and a cut-down version for the rear to keep the tank from hitting the frame backbone. V-Twin lists the rubber horseshoe by itself, VT 28-0644 (OEM 61139-73A) or the complete tank mounting kit VT 38-0204.

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Hey, thanx Eric. I was unable to find it.
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Hey, thanx Eric. I was unable to find it.
I just checked and the J&P Cycles part numbers are: 720-546 for just the rubber horseshoe and 720-189 for the complete mounting kit. Looks like some of the older V-Twin numbers have been changed.
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