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 other end.
- 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.
Keywords: Clarke tank stay
Credits: Dave Sawyer (pics and article), Paul Stenhouse (idea), edited and published by 4Strokes.com.