Clarke 4.7 Gallon XR650L Gas Tank Stabilizer on 4Strokes.com
4Strokes.com Honda Technical: Clarke 4.7 Gallon XR650L Gas Tank Stabilizer (2 versions)
Stabilizer for Clarke XR650L Gas Tank - Flat Steel Version
XR650L Tank Stabilizer
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I was never really satisfied with the side-to-side stability of
my Clarke 4.7 gallon tank after installation on my 2004 Honda XR650L. This is
an easy 30-minute job, and the tank will be rock solid afterwards. All at a
$3.00 investment. -Dave
- Remove the metal cross bar that connects the two sides of the tank.
(Save in case you sell tank.)
- Get a piece of 1/8" x 1/2" flat steel from Home Depot or
other hardware store.
- Rough cut a piece long enough to reach from the Clarke tank stud to
the old mount for the original tank wings. (You will trim to size later.)
- Drill a 1/4" hole in one end of the first brace.
- Temporarily mount one end to see where your bends will be, and start
making small bends in a vise, (going back and forth to check progress)
until both ends fall into the correct position. There is not a lot of
bending required. Just small adjustments here and there. The 1/8"
steel stock is easy to work with, but strong when finished.
- When both ends are fit, mark and drill another 1/4" hole at the
- Mount the first brace and repeat for the other side.
- When both braces are done, trim excess metal from ends, round corners
with bench grinder, and paint to your liking.
Credits: Dave Sawyer (pics and article), Paul Stenhouse (idea),
and edited by 4Strokes.com.
Stabilizer for Clarke XR650L Gas Tank - Heavy Steel Wire
This version is by MarkN and jjones006
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