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Old 02-10-2007, 10:33 PM   #1
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4.9 gallon install

Today Daniii, Troy, Rob, Cupcake and Roy (gtrman66) who dropped by for a while were at the house and we installed one of the Ricks tanks in Robs (rspencer) 2006 v-rod. The bike is very similar to mine, 240 tire, cfr swing arm and cfr seat and pipe. Total time of the install including cutting splash shield and skid plate 2.5 hours. This was a very casual pace, no hurry at all and taking pictures the entire time.

The bike when we started



pulling the stock switch and latch out of the way to remove the tank




removing the rear axle and wheel



the cfr swingarm exposed along with the tank



pulling the stock tank out



cleaning up any spilled fuel before cutting the skid plate



cutting the skid plate



plate cut before trimming the edge down



holding the new plate in place to drill the holes



all the holes drilled and bolts in place

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Old 02-10-2007, 10:33 PM   #2
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Rob cleaning out any debris from the new tank



taking the flange out



put the flange in the new tank



the directions don't say to but I still glue the old shields on the new tank



sliding the new tank in place



bolting the new tank in place



cutting the splash shield for the siren



shield, swing arm, siren all back in the bike



putting the rear wheel and axle back in place



nothing left but wiping off the hand prints from my gloves and putting gas in and a test ride.



total time 2.5 hours.
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Old 02-10-2007, 10:39 PM   #3
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Nice post Max! You guys got this down to a science now, eh? 2.5 hours isn't bad at all.

BTW, what lift are you using there? Sorry to get off topic.
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Old 02-10-2007, 10:43 PM   #4
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Nice post Max! You guys got this down to a science now, eh? 2.5 hours isn't bad at all.

BTW, what lift are you using there? Sorry to get off topic.
I posted a month or so back about the lifts. It is a panther lift. They had them on special for months and the day they removed them from there website www.pantherlifts.com I called them and got the last one they had for 599 (with tire lock and scissor lift). Since the company was based out of CA I picked it up in Texas with no shipping and no tax. I didn't want to spend the money but I do so much work on bikes and it doubles as a great work bench.
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Old 02-10-2007, 10:50 PM   #5
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Cool post Max, the install doesn't really look to hard. I have a feeling that there is going to be alot more installs going on in the near future.
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Old 02-10-2007, 10:52 PM   #6
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Nice post Max! You guys got this down to a science now, eh? 2.5 hours isn't bad at all.

BTW, what lift are you using there? Sorry to get off topic.
That was one clean install and very straight forward too. I'll bet Max could have saved 30 to 45 minutes off the install time if he'd have wanted to. I really had a great time. And yes that is one nice lift. Heck of a deal.
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Old 02-10-2007, 10:57 PM   #7
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That was one clean install and very straight forward too. I'll bet Max could have saved 30 to 45 minutes off the install time if he'd have wanted to. I really had a great time. And yes that is one nice lift. Heck of a deal.
Troy is right, we weren't in any hurry at all. I took the time to fit Roy with his gloves, get several cups of coffee and all in all we just had a good time. Really simple install, the bottom skid and the plastic shield are really the only changes needed and both are pretty simple. I used a cut off wheel to cut the plate but you could use any of a dozen things to do the same thing with ease.
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Old 02-10-2007, 11:02 PM   #8
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I didn't see any beer-consumption tutorials in there. :o/
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I didn't see any beer-consumption tutorials in there. :o/
LOL I couldn't believe Troy didn't drink a single beer. As for me I don't drink so what you can't see in the picture is my coffee cup.
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Great post Max

What bolts or rivet did you use to secure the skid plate ? What mods to the splash shield ? Are instruction clear enough for us shade tree mechanic ?
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Great post Max

What bolts or rivet did you use to secure the skid plate ? What mods to the splash shield ? Are instruction clear enough for us shade tree mechanic ?
Rick includes four bolts and two nuts. The bolts self threaded into the frame holes and the two through the bottom have nuts backing them up.
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Shhh. Troy and I sneaked a beer when you weren't looking.
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Nice post Dr. Max. I'm lovin the latex gloves. Did you happen to check Rob's prostate while you were at it?
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Nice post Dr. Max. I'm lovin the latex gloves. Did you happen to check Rob's prostate while you were at it?
The gloves are a habit I got into years ago. They keep my hands from getting nearly as many cuts and much easier to keep clean. Not to mention so many chemicals like wd40 and many cleaners go right through the skin or like fuel that drys the skin out.
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There was this scene where he was checking the float on the tank. Didn't get the camera up in time though.
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