How to get rid of the rattle in the tank

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Written by Fatbike   
Friday, 11 June 2004

Reprinted by Permission from Fatbike

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If your like most of us you've noticed right away that the gas tank seems to rattle from the rear of the tank.
Although there are many fixes out there, some may cause problems later.
In an effort to keep the stock mounting parts stock the following fix is suggested:

Simply remove the nut from the long bolt that holds the tank to the frame.
(Located at the rear of the tank. Remove the seat and you'll see it!)
Now insert rubber washers, aprox 1/16" thick between the tank bracket and the frame bracket while threading the bolt back through the brackets and the bolt collar.
(See illustration.) One on each side will do the job.
Tighten everything down and you are done.

This method is preferred over shortening the bolt and collar, primarily because the design by Yamaha calls for the tank to "float" somewhat. They didn't take into account the noise factor however. The rubber washer will allow some movement, while quelling the noise.
Total time: 10 minutes (5 minutes with practice...) Just remember that they are there when you remove the tank or you'll be chasing those buggers all over the garage!
 
 
  It's really that simple!



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  Comments (3)
Written by vipertools@yahoo.com, on 07-17-2012 21:48
I recently bought my 2001 Silverado and was concerned about the noise from the left side under the gas tank. After reading this article, I used 1/16" o rings. I used four. The same day, I changed the oil to Mobil One V Twin 20-50 and the Mobil one oil filter. On my test ride I was distressed to hear another sound...it was my little Texas bell that I had never heard before. I am so relieved to get rid of the noise...thanks Fatbike....
Tank rattle may not be in the tank!
Written by xcz5785, on 03-26-2009 17:16
After much investigation, strips of rubber under the tank and annoying rides I found my problem!! I decided to reach up and grab the headlight ring! It stopped!!! I thought for sure it was coming from the tank. A bit of electrical tape under the ring fixed it! :x
Written by sonnyreyes715@yahoo.com, on 11-17-2008 12:16
i need help i want to change the fender of my roadstar and i'm leaning on the baron fenders cuz i got rearended a couple week ago is there anyone who has the baron two bob fender?

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