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Chip
13th February 2005, 19:02
A few members have been asking about the 2" stretch tanks. Heres the
website from Jireh Cycles with all the info. According to their catalog the price
is $264.95 for 95-2000 and $314.95 for 82-94, Not bad

www.ultimaproducts.com/gastanks.htm

dwardy
13th February 2005, 20:22
I have the second one down on that page. It's the smooth top, dual quick cam cap. I don't think there's a better looking tank on a Sporty. The curve on the top and bottom of that tank makes the lines of the Sporty waaaay better than stock. IMHO

Plus it's 4 gals. It sure beats stoppin' every hundred miles.

Chip
14th February 2005, 00:05
I have the second one down on that page. It's the smooth top, dual quick cam cap. I don't think there's a better looking tank on a Sporty. The curve on the top and bottom of that tank makes the lines of the Sporty waaaay better than stock. IMHO

Plus it's 4 gals. It sure beats stoppin' every hundred miles.You bet!
Mine is the top one with the dash. Had to extend the idiot light wires and the trip reset wires. Not using the 3 lights on the dash at all. Idiot lights are
mounted on top of handlebar clamp

USMCacg13
28th August 2010, 02:16
I recently just purchased a stretched tank on ebay, however, I know the mounts that are welded to the tank are not for a sportster. Is there a place to buy the stock mounts that make it so I can bolt the tank to the frame or do I have to do a custom mounting job? The tank I purchased actually says it came off of a road king, but I figured I could do a little customizing and make it work for my bike.

xrayrider
28th August 2010, 02:52
That link is not working for me. I found this one though:

http://www.ultimaproducts.com/gassportster.html

xrayrider
28th August 2010, 03:00
How hard would it be to adapt a big twin tank like this to a sportster? I have a 2003 and I want to still be able to use my original spedometer, and to have the 2003 100 year aniversary bike look.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2003-Harley-Davidson-FLHTCUI-Gas-Tank-Fuel-Tank-Metal-/110574340752?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item19bebe8a90

Ebay item number : 110574340752

Or maybe this style:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/HARLEY-03-100TH-ANN-SOFTAIL-FATBOY-HERITAGE-GAS-TANK-/300459939128?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item45f4ced538

Ebay item number: 300459939128

Horse
28th August 2010, 05:45
this tank uses the stock speedo in the dash. One thing I noticed about these tanks is there is a bit more fuel in the low areas in back that you can't get to the petcock through conventional means. BUT it's come in handy on occasion when between gas stations, get the rear end up, gas runs forward and doesnt go back into the low areas, good for another 15 miles or so. LOL
this is all straight, was a trick of the morning light or something that makes it all look off
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c10/Sumdaen/0721101053.jpg

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c10/Sumdaen/0721101052a.jpg
I do like the lines of it though.

rodhotter
28th August 2010, 07:00
good lookin tank but that style is not a bolt on for 04 an later, i do not want to fab any mounts, there are some tanks for 04 and up but not that style with a dash is what will open my wallet$$$. i keep LOOKIN!!!

jharback
28th August 2010, 09:00
Almost all of the after market dealers carry stretched tanks to fit sportsters.

xrayrider
28th August 2010, 21:34
Thanks for the pictures horse. That is exactly what I wanted to do, so I can reuse my speedo. Can I use any big twin tank I can make fit? Does it matter if I use a tank off of a fuel injected bike, mine is carberated?

rottenralph
28th August 2010, 21:41
Mine started leaking at the rear mount. Never had a problem with my king sporty tank.

halfdrive
28th August 2010, 21:48
There is a guy at work that mounted a FLH tank on his 2003 Sportster. Had to do a lot of work to get the mounts right. I will see if I can get a picture of it on Monday.

xrayrider
28th August 2010, 22:04
That would be great. I am trying to use a 2003 bigtwin tank with the same paintjob as my 2003 Sportster 1200 C, so it won't need to be repainted, and I will still have the tank medallions, and ribbon that match my paintjob, and 100 aniversary theme. Does it matter if I use a fuel injected big twin tank on a carberated bike? Will I need to cap anything off?

DBH
28th August 2010, 23:16
I put an '03 softail tank on my '03 sporty. The tank was a EFI tank that I took the fuel pump out of. I had to buy an adapter for the fuel outlet to change it to a petcock. It really wasn't that hard, I made a bracket that mounts to the original sporty mounts and to the softy tank. It's rubber mounted with stock gromets, and I sure enjoy the 5 gals of fuel, 200 plus miles and I don't hit reserve yet. Here's a few pics of the bracket and such.
http://xlforum.net/photopost/data/500/00715.JPG
http://xlforum.net/photopost/data/500/0086.JPG
http://xlforum.net/photopost/data/500/medium/bike53.jpg
http://xlforum.net/photopost/data/500/medium/0214.jpg
The hardest part was sorting out the wireing and getting the proper plugs so I didn't have to cut the sporty wire harness. The coil must be moved and I used a softy ignition switch. If you have any questions fire away. Also I have a 3.9 gallon aftermarket tank for sale if anyone wants one, it's brand new never had gas in it.

Horse
28th August 2010, 23:48
Thanks for the pictures horse. That is exactly what I wanted to do, so I can reuse my speedo. Can I use any big twin tank I can make fit? Does it matter if I use a tank off of a fuel injected bike, mine is carberated?

you might need to use an adapter to be able to put a petcock in the fuel injected tanks, I'm pretty sure they can be had. Other than that, I don't see a problem. probably want to take the fuel pump out if it has one, might need to make small caps here and there, but all of it is do-able fairly easily, I've seen bikes with converted FI tanks before. Just never asked how they did it.

xrayrider
29th August 2010, 00:29
The hardest part was sorting out the wireing and getting the proper plugs so I didn't have to cut the sporty wire harness.

I don't understand why you would need to cut wires to change the tank? What am I missing?

Thanks a lot for the pictures and advice guys. That is the exact tank (even the right year and paint job) I am looking to use, and the same dash set up, so that is perfect. It helps me get an idea of how much I like it. Thanks a lot.

DBH
29th August 2010, 10:36
I had to mess with the wireing because
I hooked up the softy speedo, idiot lights, fuel guage, and ignition switch. You can use your sporty speedo but you need an adapter ring because the sporty is smaller in diameter.
Good luck.

halfdrive
30th August 2010, 09:34
Went next door today and the guy that I spoke of no longer works there, sorry, but it sounds like DBH has got you hooked up

Ridingrick
22nd September 2010, 17:21
Here are a couple threads from last year on guys who put big twin tanks on sportys.


http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/showthread.php?t=537296

http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/showthread.php?t=420519&page=30

Ridingrick
3rd January 2011, 05:12
Heres a link to my conversion to a softy tank

http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/showthread.php?threadid=1003808

MJBxl883
4th January 2011, 03:28
Here's my softy tank I just got on a couple days ago in prep for a XLF ride in march. I just had to get a petcock adapter from the dealer, and I'm working on a lexan cover for the top. I hope the fuel doesn't eat the lexan - I kinda thought it would be nice to see how much fuel I have.
http://xlforum.net/photopost/data/500/medium/bobo1.jpg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuYkoSaV4es

GonzoTx
12th February 2013, 15:46
I tried to order the tank on the top of that page from Jireh Cycles yesterday. They had it listed with screw in caps for $119.99. The sales rep told me that they hadn't had those tanks since 2009 !!! I ask him why it was in the 2012 catalog and he said that wasn't his job, he just took orders. Every thing else I TRIED to order was back ordered from 1 to 3 months.
Great prices don't mean much if they don't have what you need when you need it ...