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    Default Will Sportster tank fit an evo Softail

    Hello All

    I would like to change the looks of my 99 FatBoy. I would like to mount a sporty tank onto the Fatboy. Aside from removing the tank and dash and rerouting the ignition will a sporty tank fit reasonable well? Anybody done this?


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    Not the answer you're looking for but anything can be made to fit. I have an Evo softail as well and I'm gonna say you'll need to relocate a lot of electronics if you wanna just slide on a stock sportster tank.

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    Search for the "Old School Softail" thread on here for some inspiration. Bradleys answer is solid. You'll probably have to cut the fatbob tank mounts off your frame, and drill a hole (ideally, weld in a threaded bung) where the Sporty tank tabs are.

    My buddy has a Wassel-style tank on his Evo softy, so it's definitely do-able. Just a matter of how much stuff has to be cut off, re-routed, or relocated.

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    Depends on which sporty tank you use. There are many different mounts through the years. I was going to put one on my softail but I felt it was just too small for the large frame and took it off. I had trouble finding a seat and rear fender to match. I was able to use the front cast mount hole that is horizontal on the softail frame but had to weld on a small piece of tube in front of the lower dash cover mount. The previous owner of my bike had raped the electronics anyway so I already had the wiring out of the way.

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    Keep in mind that the Evo Softail frame does NOT have a straight backbone, so take that into consideration when selecting your tank (high-tunnel vs. low tunnel)...

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    The tunnel will fit fine, it's the tank mounts that in most cases will need to be modified, but sometimes you can get away with just drilling a couple holes in the back bone if the mounts line up to the frame where you want it.

    I've done a few tank swaps on softail and Dyna frames so I know it's fairly straight forward, just check the tunnel depth, that's it has a peacock and not a hole for an EFI pump, and have a gander at the mounts as sometimes you can get an aftermarket sportster tank where the mounts will ce close to your frame mounts. This will make life a little bit easier

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