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    How to remove the dent (s) in the gas tank?

    It seems throughout my travels thru three wheeler world the MAJORITY of them have DENTS in the gas tanks. Im not sure how all of them got there except the ones I have dented MYSELF! But now the question is , how the blazes to pop them out? Use Either? Air? They drive me insane!! I would really really like to SAFELY get them OUT!!

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    Suction, or compressed air, but I recommend suction, too much compressed air can pop the whole tank.
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    Fill with water, freeze, watch it carefully,remove once dent is popped. This can blow the seams on a junk tank.But most easy methods can.
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    https://www.amazon.com/Autoshot-4550.../dp/B002FZJ806

    Stud gun, slide , "T" handles, and a body .

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    Quote Originally Posted by 67camaro496 View Post
    https://www.amazon.com/Autoshot-4550.../dp/B002FZJ806

    Stud gun, slide , "T" handles, and a body .
    Yep, that is the method that I use.
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    I appreciate the suggestions, but having not ever done ANY of them, it would help me if the suggestion guys could be a little more detailed?

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    If you close the petcock and can find a way to seal off the cap for the tank with an air wand for a compressor in it that will sometimes do the trick. Like others said be careful with compressed air because it can blow out seams on an older or worn out tank
    Last edited by Custer32; 07-17-2018 at 02:36 PM.

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    I put bondo onmine and turned out pretty good.

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    Was hoping for a little better method but oh well....Ill find a method that works good

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    Here's another method but this looks like an art more than a science.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOb_CkdZgHc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arky-X View Post
    Here's another method but this looks like an art more than a science.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOb_CkdZgHc
    Watched the video, but a comment that someone left seems the best way I’ve heard of- use a inner tube maybe like a small 6-7”
    Mini bike one then inflate. May need to try that someday.....

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    Last edited by Shep1970; 08-02-2018 at 07:16 AM.

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    Paintless dent repair method works if the paint is not cracked. Highly doubtful the inner tube or compressed air is going to push the dent out without leaving a crease where the dent is. PDR or body/paint are going to be the only methods that are going to work without leaving a crease or indention

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