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07-11-2015, 10:53 PM,
#1
Gas tank swap for 650 custom - HELP!
Hello all I am new to this forum and excited to learn from you experienced Vstar owners. I recently purchased a 2001 Vstar 650 Custom and I would like a wider gas tank on it (for looks). I understand the gas tank on the 650 Classic is wider. My questions are these:
1. Will a 650 Classic gas tank swap straight across onto a 650 Custom?
2. Are there any better options as far as taking a tank from another year/make bike and putting it on my Custom? I just want that fat boy look.
Thank you very much everyone for your feedback!
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07-11-2015, 11:42 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-11-2015, 11:42 PM by Maustarman.)
#2
Gas tank swap for 650 custom - HELP!
@flockaduck
Welcome ! We look forward to pictures of your bike an projects.
Now to business here :
*Any year 98 to current vstar 650 tank is the same size (no changes )
*Yes, all classic tanks will fit the custom and the other way around (straight fit)
*bad news is that there isn't any difference in size or otherwise from classic to custom tanks (same size, same thing)

*Vstars 650 and 1100 are almost impossible to fit any other tank on them because they have a double bone frame making it almost impossible to fit any tank with out cutting the frame and reweld it with a single bone.
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07-12-2015, 12:48 AM,
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RE: Gas tank swap for 650 custom - HELP!
Thank you for the quick response. That's crazy: I wonder why people believe there is a difference between the custom and classic tank size? I had an 1100 owner tell me the same thing today. Weird. But is it a big deal to have the cut/reweld done? And if it is a realistic option which tank(s) would you recommend as a wider replacement?

Maybe one off a road star or a vstar 1300?
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07-12-2015, 01:49 AM,
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Gas tank swap for 650 custom - HELP!
@flockaduck
To cut the frame you have to be REAL good at welding because literally your life will depend on it.
But if done correctly it opens up to a world of options from Harley's to other metrics etc.

Because some ongoing and past projects I have in my garage two 1100s and 650s customs and classics and I can tell you with certainty that the tanks are the same ..
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07-12-2015, 06:43 AM,
#5
RE: Gas tank swap for 650 custom - HELP!
even if you modify a roadstar tank to fit there would be big problems connecting the electronics. but i believe if you have enough money anything can be accomplished.
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07-12-2015, 12:52 PM,
#6
RE: Gas tank swap for 650 custom - HELP!
Well thank you both for your feedback; already my delusions of placing a larger, wider gas tank on my 650 have been dissolved. :0)
I may have to begin another thread for this next question then but in case you're both still reading this thread: another idea I had was to get rid of the tank speedometer (was thinking a wider tank would accomplish that) and place a single speedometer up on the handlebar bar. I like the look of a single speedometer gauge mounted on that bar. Is that an option for me? Is there any way to remove the tank speedometer and fill in that space?

Thank you.
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07-12-2015, 01:22 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-12-2015, 01:23 PM by Maustarman.)
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Gas tank swap for 650 custom - HELP!
@flockaduck
Yes, that's doable... (Anything is possible with the right modifications :)
The Speedo you will need will be a 2:1 ratio (believe me I spent lots of time figuring this out )
What are you thinking on how to fill-up the space there.?
Here are some off my builts: I do everything from the welding and Fabing to the Airbrush paint work and leather tooling work.
*Purple Dead
http://youtu.be/dGcuXsbihbo

*The Dead Man's Hand
http://youtu.be/cSb0CVgzZCw

They are different I believe than what you want to do with yours but you my find ideas in the Build threads
http://www.vstarforum.com/showthread.php...4#pid20664

http://www.vstarforum.com/showthread.php...0#pid10020

http://www.vstarforum.com/showthread.php...0#pid10020
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07-12-2015, 01:45 PM,
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RE: Gas tank swap for 650 custom - HELP!
Man I'm not sure what to fill that space up with where the speedometer is now! lol I need suggestions. lol
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07-12-2015, 06:26 PM,
#9
RE: Gas tank swap for 650 custom - HELP!
Beverage holder? :)
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2011 V-Star 650 Custom (new in fall 2013)
V&H Cruzer Pipes, Memphis Shades Bat Wing, Floorboards, Highway Bars,
Locking Bags, Tail Rack, LED Signals & Aux Brake Lights, Headlight Modulator,
Brake Light Modulator, 5/8" Gel Pad Under Upholstery.
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07-12-2015, 06:34 PM,
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Gas tank swap for 650 custom - HELP!
(07-12-2015, 06:26 PM)OldePhart Wrote: Beverage holder? :)

Ha ha, I thought that, but being new, I wasn't brave enough to post it.


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07-12-2015, 06:39 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-12-2015, 06:40 PM by OldePhart.)
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RE: Gas tank swap for 650 custom - HELP!
@Marty8613 we don't bite...well...none of us except maybe @Snakebyte... LOL
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2011 V-Star 650 Custom (new in fall 2013)
V&H Cruzer Pipes, Memphis Shades Bat Wing, Floorboards, Highway Bars,
Locking Bags, Tail Rack, LED Signals & Aux Brake Lights, Headlight Modulator,
Brake Light Modulator, 5/8" Gel Pad Under Upholstery.
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07-12-2015, 11:09 PM,
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RE: Gas tank swap for 650 custom - HELP!
(07-12-2015, 01:45 PM)Flockaduck Wrote: Man I'm not sure what to fill that space up with where the speedometer is now! lol I need suggestions. lol
moving the ignition switch to tank might work for ya. the cover is plastic should be easy enough to work with.
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