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Old 17th October 2009
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Did anybody ever tried to replace the stock oil tank with a round barrel type one, on a swing arm sporty? if yes where did you put the battery? If you haven't done it where would you put the battery?
Also what is the stock tank capacity for a 06 1200?
I am going to try and do that this winter.
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i have seen it done.. the battery was hidden in a saddle bag or mounted to the side (very ugly)
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i have seen it done.. the battery was hidden in a saddle bag or mounted to the side (very ugly)
yeah I don't like that either how small is the smallest battery you can put on a sporty?
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I know you said you're looking for a swingarm bike but here's a friends homemade rigid Ironhead with a tank he made out of a fire extinguisher and he mounted the battery just underneath...... I don't have any better pics than this one.....

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looking good racer but I already have the bike and I am not ready to hardtail yet. I don't think the battery will fit under the barrel tank on a swingarm frame.
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When i stretch my swingarm, i replace my oil thank for a kind of custom barrel one and put the battery box mount on the left swingarm side. Don't know if there is enough place to put it on side if swingarm is standard length.
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thanks justin, do you have any pics by any chance
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I've been working on this problem on my '04. The closest I've come to a solution is to build a round tank with a cut out in it to hide the battery in. Not positive about how much it needs to hold yet. I think you will end up having to replace the cam cover with one from an '03 and do a little rewiring to get rid of some of the electronic components that are hidden under those side covers. I picked up a little space when I replaced my backbone with smaller tubing. So, I might be able to do a tank that is slightly larger in diameter. I plan on working on it this winter.
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capacity is 3qt, most tank I looked at in 3qt are 5 round by 11 3/4 long with no battery tray the probleme is if you cut a notch to hide battery in there you loose about a quart and I am afraid this is not enought oil then.
What is the smallest battery made that could run a sportster? do you know?
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I had planned to go wider with the tank to make up for the cut out. The covers stick out a couple of inches on each side... I figured I'd let the barrel stick out a little too.
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