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    I want one would love the extra mileage

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    I am glad that this thread has reappeared. First of all I would like to say that I know Bret and Janet from elsewhere in the motorcycle community. They are the greatest!
    The point that I would like to make is. I just purchased the 94 TW that was loaned to Clarke for them to pattern the mold. I would have thought that the tank would fit perfectly. Surprising it fits like all the others. My 99 fits better than the 94. I have wondered if the pattern bike might have been tweeked in some way that made it different from the rest. Now it appears it must be a manufacturing glitch rather than a bent frame.
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    Having no first hand knowledge of the degree of misalignment on the right side panel, and with grinding a very bad idea concidering the thickness of the plastic, has anyone tried to nudge it over by heating the offending area on the tank with a heat gun?
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    A one inch square piece of Velcro fixes it fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by littletommy View Post
    A one inch square piece of Velcro fixes it fine.
    Do you have to cut off the little tit on the side panel? I hesitate doing that in the event I want to place the original tank back on.
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    I cut that sonbitch tit thing right off and never looked back!
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    it all depends on the individual tank and TW I've seen the tits fit right on with no mods, I've seen the tits trimmed part way off and of course cut all the way off and zip tied or velcro

    All in all I think partial tit trimming is the best way to go because you can still use the side panels if you want to go back to stock

    I've already expressed my thoughts on how Clarke tanks devalue a TW resale wise but you can buy a TW with a Clarke tank and often loads of accessories for way under market value they just aren't pretty except to those who appreciate what they are for

    If you ever sell a TW put the stock tank back on and offer the Clarke tank as a "bonus" and that can actually help your sale

    With a Clarke tank you really need a spare set of side covers if you ever want to go back to stock

    Somewhere in storage I have boxes of the trimmed side covers from TW's I pulled Clarke tanks off of
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    Got my Clarke TW200 tank last week. Clarke part number 11611. As other have said this is a poorly made product fit-wise. Contacted Clarke several times and the owner, Jane Cavett refused to have someone technical (Britt, her husband) call me to discuss a solution. Instead, they preferred to deal through a nice-but-not-knowledgable lady in the order department. The "solutions" they provided:

    “Cut off the tabs” Order Lady was reading from a notebook but could not confirm which tabs to cut off. If she means the side panel tabs that would leave them unsupported.

    “Remove the spacers” Again reading from a notebook. Removing the spacers would gain a tiny bit of rearward movement by effectively reducing the diameter of the front bolt about 1/16". Not near enough.. need about 1/4" move to the rear. It also removes the safety against pinching the tank that the spacers provide.

    “Pull grommets out of back mounts to insert the tabs” This allows the tabs to slide through, but provide no holding whatsoever to the side panels. The tank ears that contained the grommets at too thick to allow the side panel tabs to hook. Any branch or twig along the trail could catch a leading edge and yank a side panel off.

    “Grind down this area” Before I begin grinding my bike I wished to speak to someone technical for more detail, not a go-between. Just grinding down the welded in tube does nothing to move the attachment point.

    Overall, an awful experience with an awful supplier.

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    I've always said Clarke made a huge mistake by not remaking the mold early on. There are so many TW's out these and the number is still growing so this poor, faulty products problems are magnified as time goes on when a new and proper fitting mold would have helped sell many more tanks for many more years

    I've totally abandoned using Clarke tanks on any of my TW's I'll go XT350 or XT225 steel every time

    sometimes you can just trim away half the post on the side cover and that allows it to fit in the grommet -not making the post shorter but making it thinner by aprx 50%
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    Quote Originally Posted by PlacerLode View Post
    I've always said Clarke made a huge mistake by not remaking the mold early on. There are so many TW's out these and the number is still growing so this poor, faulty products problems are magnified as time goes on when a new and proper fitting mold would have helped sell many more tanks for many more years

    I've totally abandoned using Clarke tanks on any of my TW's I'll go XT350 or XT225 steel every time

    sometimes you can just trim away half the post on the side cover and that allows it to fit in the grommet -not making the post shorter but making it thinner by aprx 50%
    You nailed it and they still should fix it. If they fix it I would buy one right away.
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