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Offline RayK

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Tank pads
« on: September 07, 2009, 01:14:43 AM »
Greetings to fellow BS enthusiasts from Australia

Can anyone advise the best way to remove tank pads from a BS 50 Sport (1966)?  I need to take them off to repaint the tank.  The pads are in quite good condition considering they are 43 years old and I don't want to risk cracking or splitting them.  Any advice would be appreciated.

RayK
BS 175DT, BS 50 Sport x 1, BS 90 Mountain x 3, BS 90 Deluxe, BS 90 Sport x1, BS 60 Sport, BS 90 Trail, BS100 Sport.

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Re: Tank pads
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2009, 11:30:42 AM »
Ray, not much to do except pry the pads off, starting at the smooth gentle bends, not the sharp turns, have the pads warm and use soapy water to save the edges, much like you do when putting on a new tire on a rim.  Good luck

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Re: Tank pads
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2009, 11:57:22 AM »
I agree with Jeff, I can add, remove rubber pads fast, not giving it much time to tear

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Re: Tank pads
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2009, 06:29:49 PM »
Thanks Sam & Jeff

I will make use of your suggestions.

RayK
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Re: Tank pads
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2009, 08:51:22 AM »
Ray.. Did you get the pads off OK?  Luke

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Re: Tank pads
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2009, 09:33:39 PM »
Hi Luke

Not yet - we are just starting Spring here in Aus - I will wait for a warm sunny day.

Cheers
RayK
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Re: Tank pads
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2009, 05:52:37 PM »
Hi All

I finally removed the tank pads on the BS 50 Sport last week - it was warm day around 30 degrees C.  I left the tank (black) in the sun for about 5 minutes and then sprayed WD40 (CRC) around the pad/tank interface - this helped lubricate and temporarily soften the rubber.  I then gently removed the pads (least sharp edge first).  One pad was fine, the other was perished around the area where it goes over the holding lip on the side of the tank.

By the way WD40 is good for putting rubber handlebar grips on with minimal grunting and pushing.

Does anyone know of a supplier like Red Import (Ireland) that makes repro tank pads for the BS 50 Sport?
Ray
« Last Edit: November 15, 2009, 05:55:30 PM by RayK »
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