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Old 03-20-2008, 12:19 PM   #1
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So, while doing work on the bike, I had unbolted the tank and as I set down tools, the SOB decided to slip off the far side. Now thats a sickening sound. So now I have a perfectly good tank with some significant scratches and a dent about 3 inches wide and 1 inch deep. Any suggestions on how/if I can pull this out? or should I just replace?
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:24 PM   #2
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need pix. I have heard that you can fill about half way with h2O and freeze but I wouldn't try that without more research.
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:36 PM   #3
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Depending on size, and if there isn't a crease, dry ice might pop it back out. I don't know where you would get dry ice though.
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Old 03-20-2008, 01:00 PM   #4
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If it is not bad I would look for a paintless dent removal place in your area. They have tools to reach inside and pop out the dent. You could also try it yourself if you can reach it.
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Can't really reach it, dents front right corner, and I think it might have creased the metal. I've never heard of this freezing technique. Has anyone got it to work?
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dunno I have just been told about it cause i had a lil dent from handle bar from previous owner. I just filled it with bondo when cause I was painting it
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Can't really reach it, dents front right corner, and I think it might have creased the metal. I've never heard of this freezing technique. Has anyone got it to work?
As far as dry ice, I used it with varying success on my old Jimmy after hail damage. Some of them it worked on, some of them it didn't. Those are pretty small dings though.
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How does it work? Do you just put the dry ice in the ding and it shrinks?
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Old 03-20-2008, 05:10 PM   #9
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The dry ice freezes (or significantly cools) the metal, as metal cools it contracts, POP!

I've just placed some on the dent and then gone around the surrounding metal with another piece to cool it all down.

It is actually less likely to come out if it is in the corner, as the metal has more significant shape there than on a flat spot. But, it will either work or it won't and dry ice is pretty cheap.
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