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Gas tank straps rusted & broke and need to replace. How do you get to the mounting brackets?

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  • denny216 Jun 26, 2009

    I've found them and can get to the front of the strap. How do you get to the rear bracket; by taking the rear bumper off?



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Strap mounts are right at the strap ends why can't you find them?
I use chimney strapping (get from most hardware stores) to make new ones. Paint them with undercoating spray to keep from rusting out.

Posted on Jun 26, 2009

  • Richard Scordino Jun 26, 2009

    If straps are already broken, move the tank out of the way.



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