There are some really good ideas out there that I’m watching people get into when it comes to thinking about design and performance with the softail oil tanks.
From aluminum tanks to steel tanks to being finned for cooling to having air channels going thru the tanks themselves. Everywhere we turn around anymore it seems that a concern is still the cooling down or the controlling of how hot the Harley engine gets. As we have been looking into the remedies we have found some awesome ideas that not only work but are actually pulling down the temperature with some pretty big numbers.
Many are using longer oil lines in length and larger diameter hoses for more oil capacity with hose covers or ceramic hoses etc. We saw one the other day where a guy took apart the oil tank and welded up an Add to dictionary 2 quart capacity on a aluminum softail oil tank that he had designed with fins like a cylinder with air hole channels running through the tank like a horse shoe with bleeder holes in the back of the tank. He had a total of 6 quarts on his engine load but he said the oil was taking longer to break down for being dirty to the temperature dropping a whopping 35 degrees. It use to run at 225 on the tank gauge and the same tank by the way and gauge but now after the modifications it came down to 190 and never going over 200 even in the heat while riding at 75 on the highway. We were impressed at what we saw and yet how simple and really how cheap the modification was, oh and on the back side of the oil tank he also had a shield or a barrier of a R value foam to help insulate the tank from the heat etc. this individual had a lot of stuff on his bike like the oil cooler adapter was ceramic coated with heavy ceramic coated big lines with a very nice aluminum cooler like we had never seen before that was finned out to match his oil tank. He said he has never had to worry about riding thru phoenix anymore at 112 degrees outside because his gauge still has never come over the 200 degrees yet. Anyway after looking into this our conclusion was and is its cool to see people doing things themselves and figuring out
what works or trial and error while customizing their own bikes still. Pretty Impressive.
By the way SecureCap in Orange Calif makes a really cool looking and Locking Oil Tank Cap for the Softail models so no one can mess with your engine when your not around. They also have some really cool high end parts for your bike that they make themselves right there in their shop. We just purchased the Anti-Lock Cruise Control and then we purchased their own style luggage rack which blows anything away that we have seen literally. Very nice parts. These guys don’t do cheap stuff.
Written by: Cycle Reps with Lance at SecureCap