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Back in the day before there were catalogs full of aftermarket parts, if a guy wanted a smaller, lighter gas tank there were fewer options. There were tanks from another bike, and the Wasssell peanut and banana tanks seem to have been around for a long time. Or, he could make one out of the fatbobs he already had. He'd cut them down, narrow them, and weld them back together. This is the original and "true" axed Harley tank.

Later on, I think Paughco started making them first, out of new stampings. They were available in a couple tunnel depths, and with 1 or 2 caps. On the Paughco, the optional left cap was a dummy. The Paughco has a peak where the halves are welded together. Paughco called these "Axed Harley" in their catalogs. GME was an imported copy of the Paughco, and the one I had didn't have the peak at the seam.

The ones that Lowbrow sells are pretty much the same tank. The "alien" name is from the 21st century. It's just different names that people call the same thing. Some things in motorcycling have definite definitions, like "Panhead." Other names, like "Chopper," aren't as rigidly defined.

And a Mustang tank, BTW, is a copy of the tank from a Mustang motorcycle.
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