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    Handlebar clearance with Clarke 4 gallon tank

    Hi everyone,

    Just got back to riding after a 7yr hiatus
    It's crazy fun, and I've been slowly upgrading the tw (yes, pics to come )

    I've recently added a Clarke xt350 fuel tank and found my bars don't clear for a full steering lock
    I tried some 0.7" risers I had laying around to no avail


    Now! The question...
    If I get the Pro taper ATV high bars, will they clear the tank on their own or do I need risers/tilt it forward in addition?

    I use the tw for a ~50km one way highway commute daily but will be using it for more off road in addition soon
    So I'm also wondering if there's any compromise getting these high bars for street or dirt riding
    Oh, and I'm 5' 9.5"


    Thanks for your help guys!
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    Oh! Or if there are any other solutions, I'm open

    Sorry for making yet another thread on this
    Just couldn't find an exclusive yes/no on what will clear the tank

    Thanks again!

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    Welcome, I was able to move my Clarke XT350 tank back a little to avoid the handlebars. I ended up cutting some hockey pucks down to replace the stock rubber mounts (basically just making them longer). This allowed me to move the tank back some while retaining a good tight fit. Some have been able to add spacers to the tank (where the mounts go) but that didn't allow me to mount the tank as far back as I wanted. I am running risers but I don't have the handlebars tilted forward. On the tightest of turns my handlebars may touch the tank but it doesn't affect the turning radius.

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    Here is a riser/forward offset I made for my TW. It might help.

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    I'm trying different tanks.
    I used the top half of handle bar clamp as bottom. But I also made different rubber mounts. As it was both triple clamp and bars hitting. I now have Pro Tappers and the bigger rubber mounts and clear's fine.
    I was told washers can be added under the bar clamps to gain more height. It is an option that I was not comfortable with.

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    I mounted the XT350 Clarke with about a 3/4" set back from where the stock tank sits using a process similar to what Leben describes. This is necessary to stop interference with the top triple clamp. I used the stock bars with 2" Rox risers to stop the interference with the bars. There are several well documented threads on this tank mod.

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    Guys, you're awesome
    Thanks for the quick responses and help

    Leben, I've got the tank back. It seems that when I move it further back it starts to interfere with the seat
    Does this happen to you to? or how are you avoiding this?

    Scotti, awesome job
    Unfortunately I'm not able to machine anything. Also, pulling the bars forward feels a little awkward for me.
    But again, looks cool. Kudos for the spec sheets too
    I'll have to check out your other work

    Lol Paliden, washers under the clamps was what I was thinking of doing when I got frustrated. You're right though, I'm waiting for a proper fix


    And finally troll
    I've got the tank far enough back that it just clears the triple
    Unfortunately I don't have 2" risers
    Before I make a purchase, I wanted to verify if just an ATV hi bar would be good
    But thanks, at least I know that 2" risers are an option with stock bars

    I've perused those threads you mentioned before and didn't find an explicit statement of ATV highs alone being good or not...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tw06 View Post

    Leben, I've got the tank back. It seems that when I move it further back it starts to interfere with the seat
    Does this happen to you to? or how are you avoiding this?..
    20130326_142104_zpsccab27a1.jpg
    Not the best picture, but you can see that I have shortened the seat to fit the gas tank. I also cut some of the reinforced parts under the seat to allow it to flex a little more. I cut out part of the seat pan to make room for the adapted rear gas tank mount.

    if you need better pictures of the seat I can take some when I get the bike out again.

    If you would like a couple of hockey pucks to make mounts out of, I have 2 extra that I would be happy to send you for free. Just pm me if you want them.

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    TW06,
    I cant seem to remember to take pics but the Pro Tapper ATV hi bars have a wider base. The width is greater than the stock were it mounts to triple clamps. So might hit tank, sooner than stock. I would have liked to have seen different bars before ordering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leben View Post
    20130326_142104_zpsccab27a1.jpg
    Not the best picture, but you can see that I have shortened the seat to fit the gas tank. I also cut some of the reinforced parts under the seat to allow it to flex a little more. I cut out part of the seat pan to make room for the adapted rear gas tank mount.

    if you need better pictures of the seat I can take some when I get the bike out again.

    If you would like a couple of hockey pucks to make mounts out of, I have 2 extra that I would be happy to send you for free. Just pm me if you want them.
    Thanks Leben, the hockey puck sounds nice and solid, but I've used spacers to compensate for moving the tank forward
    I'll be using pucks, but for the 98cents they cost... I think the shipping from Iowa to Ontario would be much more =p
    And yes, I've cut the seat using Peruano's instructions
    I'll be taking the seat off again and try to make extra space

    Paliden, thanks for the heads up on those bars
    I think I'll be going for risers then


    So 2" rise minimum?


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