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Slimline versus Wideline tanks..was Hi all! #198973
10/13/07 5:07 pm
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Hello all. I'm new here. I've been riding an unrestored 67 atlas for a few years now and it's time to do something with it now. I'm going alter the look with some cafe parts and this brings me to my first question- will a wideline tank(lyta style) fit on a slimline frame?

I know I'll have many more questions to come- so thanks in advance!

Re: Slimline versus Wideline tanks..was Hi all! #198974
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You can, if you are desperate, fit a wideline tank to a slimline frame. But life becomes a lot easier if you have a slimline tank.


God rides a Triumph but wishes it was a Norton.
Re: Slimline versus Wideline tanks..was Hi all! #198975
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What are the differences and what mods are required?

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The difference is almost self explanatory in the words wideline and slimline. In a wideline the top frame rails run parallel to each other. The slimeline frame top rails start off parallel but taper towards each other and at the bend above the trans the frame is considerably narrower than a wideline. The net result of using a wideline tank on a slimline frame is kinda ugly. Many years ago I "slimmed" a wideline tank to fit a slimline. It was a stock steel tank and it worked but I wouldn't brag about it. I wouldn't have the guts to chop up an alloy wideline tank. If you have a wideline tank and a slimline frame I'd try advertising in the forums here for a swap.


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Re: Slimline versus Wideline tanks..was Hi all! #198977
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Thanks. I understand the difference between the slim and wide, I was just unclear on any difficulties in fitting a wide tank to slim frame. So it's just an asthetics thing? How ugly is it? Can a slimeline be altered to a wideline? Too much work for an alloy tank no doubt...

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The slimlime was designed to allow the riders knees to tuck in a bit better and to allow those with single digit inside legs to touch the ground. Anything is possible. But turning a slimline into a wideline pushes the boundries. A wideline tank on a slimline frame is an aestetic thing. It just looks wrong.


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Thanks. It hurts to pass up a rare deal on an alloy tank- especially when you don't have the bones to order one up new. Ah well...

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If you got a really good deal on a wideline tank snap it up. It will always make a trade for something else you will need. There may be someone out there with a wideline looking for a tank and has a slimline tank to trade.


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Hey Rory
If you look in the cafe board under triton there is a picture of my slimline that i turned into a wideline to suit my tank & sadle cut the rear shock absorber loop off where it joins the two paralel top frames, cut the midle section right out that joins the two paralel top frames, pie cut the paralel top frames on the outside bends just down from the headset, piecut on the outside frame on the down tubes where they start to taper in for the slimline look, run a sting line down the centre from the head stock so you can measure that both sides bend out the same amount, apply heat & bend out till your happy with the tank fit, weld up pie cuts & re weld in new cross tube to join the paralel top frames..
Instint wide line!
Hope this makes sense.
Dogsrocket

Re: Slimline versus Wideline tanks..was Hi all! #198982
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Thanks so much for that Dogs. That's definitely do-able for me. I'll have to give it some more thought though- I'm not sure I want to alter a matching #'s Atlas to that extent. But thanks again!

Re: Slimline versus Wideline tanks..was Hi all! #198983
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HiYa Rory,
Welcome to the Cafe Racer board. The topic you brought up has asked a very good question. I changed your topic header to make it more searchable!
Thanks for asking.
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