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Re: A65 Oil tank removal
Walker22 #783733 09/07/19 11:19 pm
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I was away and came back to see the picture of the frame. Walker, it looks like you're going to have to figure out what you're going to do with the rear frame work (i.e., fit a hardtail section or a swingarm and stock rear framework) before deciding what to do about an oil tank (and a bunch of other stuff as well).

The stock oil tank requires some very precisely located frame lugs. Sometimes they're even a PITA to mount in a stock frame, especially if the tank and the frame are not a matched set.

Aftermarket (chopper/bobber-type) oil tanks are more accommodating, as you would expect, many with through-stud mounting. If you're going to go custom with the frame, then look for (or make) an oil tank that's easy to mount, and then fashion your frame to accommodate it. Look at examples of British bobbers for ideas; there are a zillion photos out here. I had a nice round alu. tank when my bitsa was a hardtail.

FWIW, the stock oil tank (the smaller one, not the bigger "West Coast" tank) holds three quarts of oil.


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Re: A65 Oil tank removal
Walker22 #783742 09/08/19 12:42 am
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Get another frame, there's loads about, save a lot of time.

Re: A65 Oil tank removal
Walker22 #783748 09/08/19 2:00 am
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I agree with the two previous comments above. Either get a stock frame to use a stock tank, or fit a custom tank to your (now) custom frame. There's nothing special about the stock tank that would be worth the hassles of making the brackets needed to fit it to your current frame.

Re: A65 Oil tank removal
Jon W. Whitley #783974 09/11/19 11:38 am
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Jon you totally redeemed yourself which you didnt have to and i respect your 18 years of history on the site.. Guess im not good at introductions, I'm over it. Ive sourced a rear tail from a yamaha yzf i believe that should work, but at the right price id be very interested in one if you have it, might save me some fabricating. Im still not accepting that millennial BS.


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Re: A65 Oil tank removal
Walker22 #783983 09/11/19 3:14 pm
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See photos of a stock tank on the Garage Sale board. I also have the lower mount frame section.


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Re: A65 Oil tank removal
Walker22 #783990 09/11/19 6:16 pm
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Thanks for all the feedback! Ive built a hard tail yamaha xs650 so Im looking to do something different this time around.I have looked at just purchasing a frame but i kind of like the fab work. Ill probably go with the yzf tail section unless my new pal Jon W. Whitley can come through with a stock rear frame section.


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Re: A65 Oil tank removal
Walker22 #784010 09/11/19 11:29 pm
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Originally Posted by Walker22
Thanks for all the feedback! Ive built a hard tail yamaha xs650 so Im looking to do something different this time around.I have looked at just purchasing a frame but i kind of like the fab work. Ill probably go with the yzf tail section unless my new pal Jon W. Whitley can come through with a stock rear frame section.



It's the shiz...$100 + shipping. It shouldn't be too much. If it goes over $35 I'll eat it.


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