How -To center your flames on a H-D tank
(or any tank)
Usually on a Road King tank I will lay a line right down the
center. I use 1/16" tape for this. Finding the center
of the R-K tank can be deceiving since H-D overlaps the two
tank halves, thus making the dash mount look off center…sometimes
it is though 🙂
I want my flames to go.
equal distance from the center line. Be sure these are wider
than the stock dash.
Since I start my flames toward the top of the tank, I remove
the upper section of the tape. No big deal if you get both
sides the same, but it's a good idea just to get them close.
I am tearing away the other side.
I start with my "harder" side. I free flow my tape line
Now I use what I call a "marker" that I lay down
before I do the left side. This will give me an idea of where
I need to bring the inner most part of the flame to match
the other side. This is where your 1/4" markers come
into play. You want to get them as close to symmetrical as
Now I lay my "oval" portion of the flame on the right side
For the left side, I lay another longer marker going straight
across over to the left side. I usually leave about an 1/8"
above the right oval so when I do the left oval, I know I
have to come within 1/8" to match the other side.
Using markers helps you lay flames without having to refer
back to the other side while you are actually laying the tape