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Hi all, are there any gas tank experts that can confirm if this is the right tank for my 1981 KX250? When I bought the bike the tank (along with other parts) came separate.
The main reason why i feel it's the wrong one is because when mounting it I have to bed the two front tabs out quite a bit to get it to align to the mounting point. So much that it acutally bends the tank a bit. Is that normal?.
Any ideas? Or am I just crazy and it's the right tank. I feel it isnt and the previous owner isn't sure as I bought it from a shop.

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Plastic tanks cann warp. I doubt anyone could tell you if that is the exact tank, but you could always widen the wholes, and use washers to hold it on. Mount the backets to the frame witout the tank, and see how much off the other holes are. It's hard to tell from your description what is bending, which direction, but you could easily fabricate two "L" brackets to make one that fits. ;)
 

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It's actually the other way, I have to bed them outward quite a bit to get it on.It's a very tight fit. You made a good point about warpage. Perhaps not being installed on the bike for a long time it just didn't fit right. After close inspection one more time, I think i'm ok and just jumped the gun a little on this one :)
 

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It sure looks like the correct tank. You can loosen the bolts on the tank and push each bracket out as far as the holes will allow. Or as Kawasakian suggested, drill the holes in the bracket, a bit larger, or slot the holes with a file.

But I would not worry about having to bend the tank a bit to install it.
 
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