The #2 left header pipe touches the stainless gas tank shield that covers the original one. It's been this way for about 9 years. Bought it that way. I'm told it's a common problem and because there's an abestos backing in the stock shield it can be ignored. Comments?
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Yup, its common, and it bothers me, too. But the gas tank can be shifted sideways about an inch, by loosening the hold-down strap and prying it over, then re-tightening. This is best done with a very low fuel level- gas weighs nearly 7 lbs per gallon- a full tank will be 150 lbs heavier than an empty one and proportionately harder to shift. And don't be afraid to bend the tank in with a bar between the header and shield- I had to dent my shied & tank an inch or so when I added SVO heads, which have 2-1/2" higher exhaust ports than stock. Do NOT pry on the tank itself- you can cause a stress riser that can crack later, leading to all sorts of unhappiness. Pry between the pipe and shield and don't overdo it. But I'd try unbolting & shifting the tank first.
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