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    Senior Member darnold87's Avatar
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    Glad I could help out, Guitarman. Our installs look darn near identical. I like your hockey puck solution to the front mount - That looks really good. The only other thing I did differently, that folks can consider, is that I just pushed my seat down in the middle (while installing it) and got it to hook on to the stock location (rather than trimming the seat and hooking in the higher spot)...
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    You must be a really strong fellow! I didn't even think of pushing it all the way down like you did. I'll give it a try next time I remove the seat. BTW, you don't absolutely need to cut a notch in the seat. Using a shorter bolt to hold the brackets would have solved the issue... It's definitely possible to install that tank without having to cut anything on your bike but the side covers.



    On a side note, I went for my first 30 miles ride with the new tank this morning and I can tell you that it feels like it was made for this bike. No wiggling, buzzing, rattling or discomfort. I was really glad to see the tank almost still topped off went I arrived at work!

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    Great Job on the install and presentation. Thanks. Gerry



    Take care my Friend.........

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    Guitarman, the hockey puck idea is freakin outstanding! I just got done throwing a metal XT350 tank on mine and the front of the tank wobbles some when I am actually moving it by hand, not when riding though (did not notice any movement anyway). Hope you don't mind but I totally intend to plagiarize your puck idea. Great Job!!

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    Thank you guys! ;-)



    Splinter, go for it! That's the reason why I shared it with you. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarman View Post
    10. Cut your side covers so they fit and compliment your new installation (I used tin snip). Drill two small holes, one on each covers, where they meet the frame and zip tie them in place so they won't fly while cruising on the highway (thank you lzrdbrth for the suggestion, I just red your post this morning about your experience)









    11. Install your stock petcock. It will fit, but it's a tight fit.







    12. Put your seat back on and take care to slip the tab under your new bracket









    Voila! You can now enjoy your ride again without having to fuel four times a day ;-)



    If you want your installation to be perfect, you will need handlebar risers or your stock bar will hit the tank at full turn.



    I insist on risers because I first installed a Protaper ATV High bar and had the same problem, the base of the bars (where it bolt to the triple tree) would hit the tank. I was lucky I had some risers on another bike that I could use. Problem solved.



    I will try the setup as it is now and see if I like it. The bar sit pretty high and I'm a bit worried about the cables I had to reroute. They seem ok but I'll definitely keep a good eye on them in search of any premature wear. There is no binding as I call tell, but they are surely tighter than they were before.



    I'll keep you updated on that.



    ;-)
    How much more gas does your new tank hold?
    I got granny gear haha...

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    When installing the TW petcock onto the tank do you use that rubber gasket that came with the clarke tank or remove it?

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    The tank can hold 4.0 gallons, but it not all available due to the tank design. My rough estimate is that there is only about 3.0 to 3.5 gallons which can be used.



    Yes I used the rubber gasket that came with the tank.

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    Excellent tutorial, the hockey pucks work perfectly.



    When you put the seat back on did it still hook under at the front or does it just float there now?

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    Anyone ridden their Clarke XT225 tank from full to reserve to empty yet? Just curious about the estimated miles you guys are getting out of each full tank. I'm at about 80 miles on my tank and it looks like there's still quite a bit of fuel in there. It will be interesting to compare how much more the Clarke XT225 tanks get vs. the Clarke TW200 tanks.

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