PlanetMinis Forums

zb gas tank shape

This is a discussion on zb gas tank shape within the 1988 ZB50 and ZB Import Replica Bikes forums, part of the General Talk category; Just wondering... if you guys could change the shape a little what would you do that wouldn't interfere with legs. I don't have the road ...

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 19
  1. #1
    cyclerider57
    Guest
    This user has no status.
     
    cyclerider57's Avatar

    zb gas tank shape

    Just wondering... if you guys could change the shape a little what would you do that wouldn't interfere with legs. I don't have the road time on mine yet, only some cruising in the dirt. Yes, dirt. Could it stand to be a little wider? Looks wise what would you change. I'm just looking for thoughts. None of you restoring guys can answer. This is to the restoMOD crew.





    I wouldn't think it'd look good going too crazy but I know a few little details I'd like to see different.


  2. #2
    Senior Member
    This user has no status.
     
    supernes550's Avatar

    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    5outh 5an 0iego
    Posts
    3,831

    Re: zb gas tank shape

    this for aesthetics or for more fuel capacity?
    fiddy from the five fifty

  3. #3
    cyclerider57
    Guest
    This user has no status.
     
    cyclerider57's Avatar

    Re: zb gas tank shape

    Either.



    For example... I think the design around the gas cap and the gas cap itself could be a lot nicer looking.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    This user has no status.
     
    gstegman's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Castro Valley, CA
    Posts
    1,013

    Re: zb gas tank shape

    I was kicking around the same thought. I'm thinking a little flatter top, bigger hole on top for a bling cap, for an update modern look.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    This user has no status.
     
    shawnbassett26's Avatar

    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Orlando FL
    Posts
    1,015

    Re: zb gas tank shape

    Would be cool to cut a gas filler from a bike (EG. YSR) that can take a (EG. Vortex) race gas cap and weld/mold it. would be a desent amount of work, Id give it a try on a Skyteam tank. Id feel bad doing it to a honda tank though. Someone do some thing out of the NORM......

    ~Shawn

  6. #6
    Member
    This user has no status.
     
    toecutter's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Marietta GA
    Posts
    54

    Re: zb gas tank shape

    These have a nice shallow lip ..:: JAZ PRODUCTS ::.. I was thinking about doing the same thing to my RZ350. These are cool too





    Who wants to start making alloy tanks???

  7. #7
    cyclerider57
    Guest
    This user has no status.
     
    cyclerider57's Avatar

    Re: zb gas tank shape

    Just wondering as I'm entertaining an idea at the moment and would be able to correct my own opinions on the stock tank. Had to pick the guy's brains that get to look at them all the time to see if they had any good thoughts. I know the gas cap setup is going to be changed as I can't stand the stock one. Didn't know about shape though. How do your seats match into the tank? Mines all stock and the stock tank is beat up but it looks like the tank needs to be a little wider in the back to actually give off a smoother line to the seat before it dips in where the seat butts up against it.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    This user has no status.
     
    paunchy's Avatar

    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Oakland, CA
    Posts
    176

    Re: zb gas tank shape

    I'd like the have the tank be a bit more square overall but with insets for my knees, like a modern sportbike tank. A lot of modern tanks even flare out along the top edge to allow a more solid connection between outside knee and the tank while cornering. This knee to tank camming-interface helps maintain a solid lower-body connection with the bike while leaving the upper-body loose to move with the bike.



    Also, a more squat design could be made significantly smaller without sacrificing too much capacity. I don't think we need more than 2 gallons, if that.



    And yes, an aftermarket tank should accept a common sportbike filler design so we'll be free to swap between different bling fuel caps.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    This user has no status.
     
    hooptytank's Avatar

    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Santa Monica, CA
    Posts
    356

    Re: zb gas tank shape

    flatter and wider top with a steeper dropoff to the frame. another option for the side slightly wider than the frame perimeter or even with it near the top, then taper inward down to the frame

    flush pop up/hinged filler cap (i hate setting the cap on the pump)

    knee indentations, better fit with rearsets

    fatter in the front and taper toward the rear to match the seat



    the seat itself needs to be less round/fat, esp. at the rear. it gives it a pimple on the ass look if you ask me. it needs to taper to a thinner shape

  10. #10
    cyclerider57
    Guest
    This user has no status.
     
    cyclerider57's Avatar

    Re: zb gas tank shape

    Keep em coming. All good ideas.

  11. #11
    Super Moderator
    is what mini?
     
    reynolds_brad's Avatar
    Supporting Member

    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    San Francisco, CA
    Posts
    2,972

    Re: zb gas tank shape

    Ide like to see it shaped a bit more like a MV Agusta tank. maybe a slight blending of the two.







    pecore nere ufficiose



    Motoshop Z - Honda50.com

  12. #12
    cyclerider57
    Guest
    This user has no status.
     
    cyclerider57's Avatar

    Re: zb gas tank shape

    Hmm, I may have to expand my idea beyond just a tank to get my plans actually feel in place and look right rather than thrown together.

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    This user has no status.
     
    paunchy's Avatar

    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Oakland, CA
    Posts
    176

    Re: zb gas tank shape

    That overhang at the top was exactly what I was getting at in my post but was having difficulty describing. Now I know what a picture is worth.



    This monster tank is slightly less aggressive but I think the lines would work nicely on a ZB (ignore the airbox nacelles at the front):




  14. #14
    cyclerider57
    Guest
    This user has no status.
     
    cyclerider57's Avatar

    Re: zb gas tank shape

    Quote Originally Posted by paunchy
    That overhang at the top was exactly what I was getting at in my post but was having difficulty describing. Now I know what a picture is worth.



    This monster tank is slightly less aggressive but I think the lines would work nicely on a ZB (ignore the airbox nacelles at the front):





    Part of the reason I want to do this is I will build in tuned air box.



    I've considered a dual tank in the rear doubling as a cowl but I dunno about that yet. I need to get farther along the project and get more pieces here that will actually be on the build instead of looking at stock stuff.

  15. #15
    Super Moderator
    is what mini?
     
    reynolds_brad's Avatar
    Supporting Member

    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    San Francisco, CA
    Posts
    2,972

    Re: zb gas tank shape

    Ill have spash molds of the stock tank to form my plug here by the end of next month. Once i have my plug done your more then welcome to use my splash molds. They could be useful for you to at least getting a stock form made to shape how you want it.
    pecore nere ufficiose



    Motoshop Z - Honda50.com

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Ads

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search tags for this page

gas tank for zb 50cc

Click on a term to search for related topics.