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Old 05-02-2012, 05:12 PM   #1
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Howdy! I'm curious to know what years were the turtle tanks offered on a sportster?
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:47 PM   #2
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I am looking in the sportster parts book and believe that 1952 was the first year.. Thinking that at least till 1969 or 70..
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:49 PM   #3
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Were there different variants of the of them?
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:18 PM   #4
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I'm not a sportster guy but don't the K-Model and early sportster tank look a lot different than the later large sportster tanks?
And which one is called the turtle tank? I always thought it was the earlier one.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:03 PM   #5
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Well, here's the style that I'm talking about. From what i've seen, its was a 1960's to early 70's deal. I'm just wondering exactly how long a tank like this one was available and was it some sort of "option"?
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:54 PM   #6
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The big tank (turtle) was standard on XLH models starting in '61. It was optional on XLCH and the reverse was also true, the small tank was optional on the XLH. The original version for '61-'62 used a very rare oval plastic emblem unique to that model. From '63-65 they used the same emblem as a Pan, and from '66 to the end used the '66 up Shovel emblem.
The K model tank (rounded design) was '52-'53 for the first design with strips fore and aft of the emblems, '54 -'56 for the second, with '54 having the standard script and '55-'56 having the "Victory" emblems. '57 Sportster tank looks the same from the outside but has a large recess underneath for the taller OHV engine.
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Here's a pic of the '61-'62 Turtle tank plastic emblems, on the right.

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I love going to school here. Thank you Robbie and M.O.Ther!
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You'll never stop for gas again. It also changes the feel of the bike with the extra gas weight up top and it muffles the sound of the engine as it hangs down over the rocker boxes.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:42 AM   #10
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Also the late 60's tank is slightly different than the early 60's one. In addition to a slight shape change, it also has the Tillotson (66-71 XL's) vent tube.

Here is mine for my 68 XLH resto.

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Old 05-03-2012, 07:33 AM   #11
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Thank you all for the responses and totally answering my question!!!! I love the look of these and the extra capacity is a huge plus!! I had zero idea about all the different emblems as well. Very cool!
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I love these tanks.....(w/ 63-65 emblems)


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I love these tanks.....(w/ 63-65 emblems)


I typically hate struts just because i think they look out of place. Nothing on this bike looks out of place!
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:04 AM   #14
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Hatch...your '59 is the tits!!!!! I would kill for that tank!!
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O. K. What is the exact name to search eBay for one of these?
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O. K. What is the exact name to search eBay for one of these?

Turtle tank, under Harley parts. Or XLH Turtle Tank.
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One on eBay right now!
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Harley-XL-Sp...1f931d&vxp=mtr
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I got one in the swap section now. Its been on the bike for a very long time. Dont know much about other than its clean inside and out. But I am pulling all 3 tins for a hard tail, newer sporty tank and springer. I have a pic of my old 60's sport that had the turtle it came from the factory with and I will find, scan and post pic later. I really dig that bike of yours Hatch!!!! Makes me start to rethink my decision.




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I got one in the swap section now. Its been on the bike for a very long time. Dont know much about other than its clean inside and out. But I am pulling all 3 tins for a hard tail, newer sporty tank and springer. I have a pic of my old 60's sport that had the turtle it came from the factory with and I will find, scan and post pic later. I really dig that bike of yours Hatch!!!! Makes me start to rethink my decision.
That's a Super Glide style tank, not a turtle tank.
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There's a guy on the local CL selling one of these. It's a good thing I didn't waste my time going to look at it. After seeing one on a bike now I can see that it's way to huge for my liking.
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