De-rusting a fuel tank


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De-rusting a fuel tank

Postby n5926g » Thu Mar 05, 2015 3:56 pm



Greetings all, I have been reading up on the above subject(very interesting articles on this site)...My 90 Aspencade 1500,sounds like a good candidate for one of the procedures.I Would love to do it with the tank on the bike,as it sounds like a real bugger to pull it....Cant decide which of the procedures covered would best suit my situation...the less I have to take apart,the better...suggestions please!



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Re: De-rusting a fuel tank

Postby f1xrupr » Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:58 pm

This is not a suggestion really, but it is a good time to share how I cleaned mine....According to the inspection sticker, my bike had sat at least 6 years prior to me purchasing it. It was really bad! I did remove the tank (1100), with the lid off, and the float assembly and petcock removed, I poured in a bottle of awesome cleaner (dollar tree product), and then I dumped in maybe a quart of gravel from my parking lot, and then, I took my 2400 psi power washer with the green tip, and power washed that bad boy for maybe 10 minutes in all directions in both holes, and then rinsed it out, and wow....talk about clean!!! I did however destroy a badly rusted coarse screen thingie over my reserve tube. That screen had huge holes in it-looked kinda useless to me. It didn't hurt the good screen on the on tube. That was almost a year ago, and it's still clean, and I don't use anything special to keep it clean. I also installed a see through filter, and it stays clean as well (I do however try to keep ethanol free gas in it).
My exercise bike is a goldwing.

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Re: De-rusting a fuel tank

Postby Pam » Fri Mar 06, 2015 10:29 am

I used a product I got from Orilley's Auto Parts called Red Kote to seal the inside of the tank off a Yamaha Virago, After lots of nut and bolt shaking to clean the loose junk off the inside of the tank (count what you put in so you get them all out) then a good pressure washing and then once it was good and dry I poured in the red coat, sloshed it around and the poured out the excess. It took a few days for the Red Kote to cure but it seemed to work pretty good.

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Re: De-rusting a fuel tank

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Mar 07, 2015 8:59 am

The problem with de-rusting on the bike is gettign the stuff out once your are done..but..muractic acid(pool acid) 50/50 acid to water works quickly and can be sucked out with a shop vac. Then add some clean water with baking soda in it to neutralize and suck that out then fill the tank immediately with gas to stop flash rust.

Or electrolysis..described here but same thing on fill with gas right away.

http://www.sarge.650wiki.org/tricks&tip ... csetup.htm

http://www.kawasakimotorcycle.org/forum ... -tank.html

or for $$$$

http://www.evaporust.com/evaporust.html ... medium=cpc
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Re: De-rusting a fuel tank

Postby Snowmoer » Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:40 am

My 88 was a barn find that sat for 7 years. The bottom of the tank was nothing but rust. I was going to clean and seal it, but I found one on E Bay for $35.00 with a fuel level sending unit. Yes, it is a pain to pull the tank. Here is a photo of what I had to take mine down to so I could get it out. Also had to pull the starter out as I needed that last 1/4 inch! Rear drive also came out, but it needed to be cleaned and greased anyway.


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Re: De-rusting a fuel tank

Postby n5926g » Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:45 am

WOW....And I thought my previous bike(BMW 1100RT) was a pain in the arse..... :shock:

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Re: De-rusting a fuel tank

Postby n5926g » Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:57 pm

After doing the research,I have elected to just replace the tank,Found a really nice one on ebay,with no rust...Cost more to ship than I paid for the tank itself....Let the "fun" begin! ;)

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Re: De-rusting a fuel tank

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:09 am

Wow..if you goign to pull the tank and pay $$$ for a new on you could have taken it to rad shop had them clean and seal it..probably cheaper..too late now. Also some have had their tanks nicklet plated..no rust ever again..
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Re: De-rusting a fuel tank

Postby n5926g » Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:36 am

RBGERSON wrote:Wow..if you goign to pull the tank and pay $$$ for a new on you could have taken it to rad shop had them clean and seal it..probably cheaper..too late now. Also some have had their tanks nicklet plated..no rust ever again..


Paid right at 40 bucks for the tank,shipping included...Gave some consideration to taking my original to a rad shop,but would have likely paid that or more to have it done... :)




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