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Old 11th April 2012
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Well, what tank you use is more about what type of riding you're going to be doing. I like the look of the peanut tank but my OEM Peanut is only 2.25 gallons. So, I got a Porkster tank off ebay cheap ($135 with a Pingel installed and a nice paint job that had some small nicks) (I got a pict of each on the bike in my gallery).

So, around town or a short ride to some kind of event I use the OEM peanut. But for longer rides I throw the Porkster on. 4.5 Gallons (one of which is RES) at 45 to 50 mpg is a long way between fill-up's.


NOTE: project in the works is taking a Smooth King tank (curved bottom) and widening it 2 inches.
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i dont know about the small tanks they look good but i'd rather be on the road hammering down on the throttle instead of being in the gas station filling it up but like wedge said thats just my opinion and everyone got one
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That's cool an all, but what does it look like ON a sportster? Or should that go in the "this is gonna hurt" thread?
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i dont know about the small tanks they look good but i'd rather be on the road hammering down on the throttle instead of being in the gas station filling it up but like wedge said thats just my opinion and everyone got one
I used to completely agree with that, but as I got older it seems like stopping at the 100 mile mark (even just to fill the tank) is what it takes to let my old ass take the next 100 miles. So now I got the "style" and the quality standing time. Can't beat that in what's left of this lifetime.
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I used to completely agree with that, but as I got older it seems like stopping at the 100 mile mark (even just to fill the tank) is what it takes to let my old ass take the next 100 miles. So now I got the "style" and the quality standing time. Can't beat that in what's left of this lifetime.
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The tank decision should be based on the use of your scoot. Is it a bar hopper or a road scoot? If it's only a bar hopper then the 2.2 is the way to go. But if it's a rider then a larger tank would be better.
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Lotta good opinions. I was looking for something I didn't have to fill up as often and with a higher tunnel it would narrow a bit of the gap above the motor. I loved my peanut tank too...

before I put a dent in it during the winter clean up...
Now I'm relegated to taking what I can find at the swap meet. Has anyone else put a different tank on their sportster?
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I actually like the 3.3gal Peanut tank best. I was at the dealer today and got to see the 2.2 gal Peanut on the '72 and 48, the 3.3 Peanut on the Iron and Nighster and the 4.5 one the Superlow all together. They all look nice. The 4.5 is the most practical, the 2.2, to me, does look a bit small. But I believe the 3.3 is just the best looking of the bunch. Plus you can easily go 125 miles between fills. That's better than the 80-90 miles on the 2.2.
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How about swap meet experiences? Anyone have a story to tell about what they have gotten or sold at swap meets? I've never been to a motorcycle swap meet and it would be nice to know a bit of what to expect.
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