Anyone know the reason for the moon shaped insert that goes between the mounting strap and the tank on the driver's side? Snyder's catalog shows it.
Very needed, don't leave it off.
Driver's side of the tank strap bracket is held a one point, the bolt in the frame, racking of the frame twists the tank straps. The reinforcement protects the tank from splitting.
Passenger side strap bracket is held with 2 bolts for plenty of support.
While that peice may offer some reienforcement, I think it has another purpose. When clamping the bracket to the tank, there is a tendency for the 'feet' on the bracket to bend inwards to the tank. This can pinch the tank, distorting it and making tighter clamping more problematical. That insert stops the band digging in as it is tightened and gives the ears something to slide on rather than digging into the tank.
I could be wrong though.
Agree with you, reinforcement too, but as the strap on the driver side is pulled from the middle only, there is that gap you posted where the clamp bolt is pulling the strap ends together around the tank.
The insert protects the tank, and assists the closing of that strap as you noted as the insert 'wraps' around the two strap ends.
Thanks. I'm sure it is needed or Mr. Ford would not have used it. Likewise there must be a good reason for the three point bolting of the straps to the frame. One thing some may not know is the bolts fastening the straps to the frame must not be over tightened. Only lightly snug to allow frame to flex without damaging the tank.
Alan, I understand what you are saying, and that was my first thought, but the insert is only used on the one side.