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Technical => Hints and Tips => Topic started by: XSSIVE on March 13, 2019, 03:37:23 AM

Title: Replacement Tank Trim
Post by: XSSIVE on March 13, 2019, 03:37:23 AM
Hi folks,

On this and other XS sites I've read threads asking about what to use to replacement the original metal edge trim used on fuel tanks such as the XS1100E and XS1100LG Midnight Special models.  After much research and trial & error I've found an acceptable, low cost replacement.  Attached are pix of the replacement black tank molding on one of my XS1100s.  This replacement trim is a U-shaped trim used as edge molding on car doors.  It comes with an adhesive bead already applied in the bottom of the "U".  You clean with tank edge with alcohol wipes that come with the trim, cut it to length, center it, and apply it.  I found that this trim is slightly larger (5/16" high vs 1/4" high) than the original metal trim, but only by 1/16".  One side of the trim is slightly shorter than the other, so this is the side I used facing outward to best replicate the original.  I applied it on a XS1100E that has finished restoration and it looks great!  It sticks well and should be a good alternative to a NOS replacement IF you can find one (I couldn't and I looked for months world-wide).  I also bought metallic gold colored which will go on my XS1100LG MS that is being repainted now.  Once you determined the correct length (from original trim or ad pix from Yamaha), cut it to length, marked the center line with a wedge of painters tape, and start applying it at the center of the tank trim just behind the triple fork.  This resulted in an even application because once you shove it on, you'll have a hard time removing it.  Here are pix of replacement and original black and gold trims:

Original black trim on 78 XS1100E:

Replacement black trim:

Original gold trim on XS1100LG:

Replacement gold trim:

You can buy this in the US on eBay under the heading of "Edge Trim Car Truck SUV Door Edge Guards Gloss Black" and "Gold Car Door Edge Guard Trim".  There are a variety of sellers, but these guys had decent prices and I didn't have to wait for questionable stuff from China (voice of experience here).  8' or more is enough length for (2) bikes, either color, and can be had for $10-$15.  It appears to be fairly high quality, sticks like crazy, and solves the problem of how to trim your tank when the NOS isn't available any more.  I'm satisfied and I'm picky.

If you have any questions, please PM me.

Title: Re: Replacement Tank Trim
Post by: mathh on March 15, 2019, 09:22:28 PM
Good find! Thanks!
Title: Re: Replacement Tank Trim
Post by: fortj3 on April 08, 2019, 02:30:23 AM
I've been thinking about using door edge trim ever since I got my 1100.
Never got around to it, but it always looked like a good replacement for the brittle factory original.
I'm glad it is.  Thanks for taking one for the team.
Title: Re: Replacement Tank Trim
Post by: XSSIVE on May 27, 2019, 08:33:54 PM
Hi folks,

Wanted to provide you an updated.  I'm getting the tank for the 80 1100LG back together (already got the rebuilt front end on and the rear end is going back together as well) and wanted to show you the trim on the real deal.  IMHO it looks better than the original which has gotten brittle and darker in 40 years.  The equivalent black trim I put on the restored 78 1100E is working perfectly.  Good product and doesn't use the fussy clips like the original because the adhesive bead is sitting on the bottom of the "U" extrusion. 



Title: Re: Replacement Tank Trim
Post by: XSSIVE on May 28, 2019, 03:24:38 AM
Mates, if you go this route, here are installation suggestions:

I've found measuring the original with a string is best, folding it in half, marking the half way point on the string with a felt pen, placing the half way point in the center of the tank and then running the string to one end or the other on the sides. Mark that and THAT is where you start pushing it onto the tank rim, not in the center. This way it will install easily and centered. The U channel is not exactly equal. I put the slightly shorter side outward as that dimension matches the original molding the best. The "longer" side is on the inside and can't be seen. Just a suggestion.