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The chrome petrol tank center styling strip is correct for the 1969 and 1970 Triumph 650 models with 2.5 and 3.5 gallon tanks, as specified for the US market models. This styling strip is not compatible with the Emgo reproduction T120 petrol tanks, due to slight differences in dimensions.
The chrome petrol tank trim strip has an extended retaining tab at the front of the strip, and a loop at the opposite end where a separate hook secures it to the petrol tank mounting tab. The strip measures approximately 20-1/4″” from tip to tip, with a radius for correct fitment to the US market petrol tanks. Made in the UK.
The retaining tab is captured at the front of the petrol tank between the crossmember and the tunnel, then the hook, or “Spam key”, as it’s known, is fitted to the loop on the end of the strip and installed in the hole on the tank tab. When the nut on the hook is tightened, it draws down the trim strip to follow the radius of the top of the petrol tank, resulting in a neat fitment.
Care must be taken to make sure the bend at the retaining tab on the front of the trim strip is correctly placed before fitting the hook and tightening it down, as there may be an adjustment needed to optimize fitment.