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Old 23rd July 2008
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Ive looked at a bunch of pics, and cant tell the best way to mount a sporty tank to my Paughco frame. Checked out some of the items at bungking, and saw some bungs that might just do the trick.

Anyone use them? The tank I am using at the moment is lower than I want, and the sporty tank that I have is going to look nice. Seems pretty straight forward, but any tips would come in handy.




Kinda sucks that I am going to have to grind and weld. I thought i was going to keep the pea green frame, just out of convenience, and repaint the tank and fender. Maybe I can just drill a hole in the desired place in the frame and use spacers and bushings? hmmmm.

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I think I just answered my own question... Yeah, it is late. Goodnight!
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Try not to drill holes in the back bone of the frame, it will weaken it over time. Sometimes causing it to crack at the drilled holes, I have done it "sparingly"... the most susceptible hole is the rear one closest to where you sit.. looks like you are on the right track ... spacers are your friends when mounting tanks. On a rigid frame I like to use rubber "washers" cut from an old car or motorcycle inner tube. Also, you can get Sporty tanks with Low, Medium and a High Tunnels depending on the look you want..

looks like you can use 1/2" spacers and drill through the web. I use clamps made by Vice Grip to hold it all together before drilling ... step back and look at it before drilling... look at it from the back and front too... I like to mount my tanks for a compact look, I don't like a bunch of air between the motor and tank... but other guys do..

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