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Police petrol tank.

Postby CaptAirhead » Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:27 pm

After years of searching, I finally found a decent police spec petrol tank for my R80/7 TIC. It probably has one of the worst paint jobs I have ever seen but I don't care because I would have to repaint it anyway to match the creamy white on the rest of my bike:-

ImageBMW Airhead. Police petrol tank. by Ian Beat, on Flickr

Happily, all that paint has kept the tin rot away and the inside is totally rust free which is a big bonus. The other bonus is that the tool box was fitted with a proper lock and came with two different keys:-

ImageBMW Airhead. Police petrol tank. Tool box lock and keys. by Ian Beat, on Flickr

The next job, of course, is to start rubbing down and prepping for a paint job. I will use the same two pack I used for the previous tank and pinstripe using the same sign writers enamel. Happily, I have a couple of new decals ready to go on. I hope it turns out as well as the last tank I did as it's a real pain doing that pin striping:-

ImageBMW R80 Tank by Ian Beat, on Flickr

Once it's done, It will go on the bike just in time for the big restart as I've just fixed the last of the electrical glitches, its turning over great with the new Motobatt battery and I'm getting a spark so it's just waiting for some petrol for it's first start in 13 years...Whoop de Doo!

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Before someone asks, I don't want to use the old tank because it has Petseal in it which has gone soft!
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Re: Police petrol tank.

Postby CaptAirhead » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:02 am

Managed to give the Police tank a quick respray over the weekend. Didn't turn out quite so good as the last one but good enough:-

ImageBMW R80/7 TIC petrol tanks. by Ian Beat, on Flickr

Masking ready for a pinstripe:-

ImageBMW R80/7 TIC petrol tank. by Ian Beat, on Flickr

Painting finished, badge fitted, just needs a good polish and we're good to go:-

ImageBMW R80/7 TIC petrol tank. by Ian Beat, on Flickr

Another wee job done.
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Re: Police petrol tank.

Postby CaptAirhead » Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:51 pm

How it looks on the bike:-

ImageBMW R80/7 TIC. Corbin seat. by Ian Beat, on Flickr
I snapped that pic while I was giving the seat a rub with saddle cream.
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Re: Police petrol tank.

Postby Mjolinor » Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:24 pm

My police petrol tank just has a brass screw with a tapped hole in it for the tool box cover. What bits am I missing?

Mine also has knee pads on and yours doesn't look like it ever had, the parts on these bikes are really quite varied

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Re: Police petrol tank.

Postby Rob Frankhamr » Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:04 pm

My police petrol tank just has a brass screw with a tapped hole in it for the tool box cover. What bits am I missing?

Mine also has knee pads on and yours doesn't look like it ever had, the parts on these bikes are really quite varied

This is a different tank... the tank you have come as standard with knee pads and was used on /6 and /5 machines. The tank Ian has is from a later machine. As a matter of interest, the later tank shape was pioneered on the R90s and became standard on the /7 series. It was then retained (with some differences) right up to the end of production.

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Re: Police petrol tank.

Postby CaptAirhead » Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:54 am

As Rob pointed out, the tank on my /7 is a later one and never had knee pads fitted. Knee pads are available for this type of tank but are a different shape from yours. Here's some pics showing the lock components that were fitted to my tool box.

The screw with a rubber washer:-
ImageBMW Airhead. Police tank. Tool box lock. by Ian Beat, on Flickr

The inside showing a rubber washer with a tight fit, holding the screw in place:-
ImageBMW Airhead. Police tank. Tool box lock. by Ian Beat, on Flickr

The lock components with two different keys:-
ImageBMW Airhead. Police tank. Tool box lock. by Ian Beat, on Flickr

Motorworks stock the bolt, key and washer. Look under Miscellaneous tank fittings
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Re: Police petrol tank.

Postby CaptAirhead » Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:33 am

One thing I forgot to mention is that, if the threaded bracket in the tool box is not at the correct angle, the bolt will either try to 'cross thread' or not locate at all. The solution is quite simple of course. A slight tweak with a suitable tool will get the bracket at the correct angle and the bolt will locate and screw in quite easily.
ImageBMW Airhead. Police tank. Tool box lock. by Ian Beat, on Flickr
I was never quite sure what was meant to go in this box as the stock tool kit is too big and lives under the seat so I decided that it would be a good place for a first aid kit.
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Re: Police petrol tank.

Postby Mjolinor » Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:47 am

One of these would be good:

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Re: Police petrol tank.

Postby CaptAirhead » Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:10 am

Now there's an idea!
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