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Old 13th July 2012
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Hey guys thanks for reading. I just got my Licks tank lift in. I went to install and noticed my tank hits the backbone in the rear when lifting. Does anyone know what I can do so I can lift my tank now?

Its a 2000 XLH1200

Do I need to lift the rear now? If so does anyone know any kits? Can I just fab up my own thing? Has anyone had any issues with this?

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How about a pic so we know what your talking about?

You shouldn't even have to remove the rear of the tank unless you really wanted to. It should just rotate upward when you loosen the bolt. Then install the kit on the front and tighten everything down.
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I know how it supossed to fit. But the rear of the tank hits the backbone where that hump is. I read on licks site some prior to 2003 u have this problem and I'm one of them. How do u post pics here?
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Its the 2 1/2 licks kit.
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I know how it supossed to fit. But the rear of the tank hits the backbone where that hump is. I read on licks site some prior to 2003 u have this problem and I'm one of them. How do u post pics here?
Easiest way is to open a Photbucket or similar on line site (they're free). Upload your pic's to that site and then cut the ".img" code from that site and paste it into your post here.
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An image speaks volumes.
Without visual confirmation, I'd say you might have to fabricate an offset bracket for the rear of the tank that would raise in a bit. The pivot point is not likely to allow the clearance you need.
If you went to a 2" lift, it might be enough.
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... I'd say you might have to fabricate an offset bracket for the rear of the tank that would raise in a bit. The pivot point is not likely to allow the clearance you need.
If you went to a 2" lift, it might be enough.
+1. The tank lift brackets work on the rubbermounts, because the stock rear tank mount is offest to the rear of the tank - when you lift the front, the whole tank is raised up. On solid mounts, the rear mount is about 3/4 of the way back and underneath the tank, so when you raise the front, the tank will pivot about the rear mount, and the back of the tank will drop. Doesn't give you a great deal of room to play with.

Edit: I just had a look on Licks' site, where they note this:

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Fitment : We have had isolated reports that on some 2003 and older XL models, the rear of the tank may also need to be raised slightly to accommodate the Licks front tank lift. On some models, the back of the tank may hit the backbone when trying to raise the front to the full extent to mount tank lift. In general we have experienced that the Licks Tank Lift fits 1995 and up XL's.
I'd say you're always going to get that problem on frame-mount Sporties.
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