Score! Got an InstaTrike for a deal


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Score! Got an InstaTrike for a deal

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I got a cool deal on a Tow-Pac InstaTrike today and as luck would have it, a 1993 GL1500 was attached to it... :lol:

The main goal was the trike kit, but the bike is a pretty cool score too. It looks really rough, but it sat in a carport under a cover for a couple years or so, and recently sat outside for about a month. So as scary as it looks I think it is mostly in need of a good bath, some polish and a bit of TLC.

Either way, doesn't matter, because I didn't really pay anything for the bike. Hold your breath before you check out the pic.




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Wow
That is dirty, but with some time and effort I bet you get it looking great
Don't touch stuff until you blow off with air & spray off with water so you don't scratch all the plastic
That would be a challenge that I would enjoy
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This is just after a quick bath with no detailing. I can see that this should polish up very nicely.


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And the whole bike is black !!
That first picture I wondered
Get a Mother's MINI PowerBall & some metal polish and those wheels & bottoms of floorboards will look great

Are those brackets under the Saddlebag for the Insta Trike ?

Looking better
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John K wrote: Tue Jan 23, 2024 5:19 pmAre those brackets under the Saddlebag for the Insta Trike ?
Yep. The plan is to transfer them over to my '95, but... that is after I see how good the black '93 really is. Soon, maybe tonight, I see if it runs and begin the evaluation process.
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Aaaaggghhh. :(

Tank is TOTALLY rusty. Tomorrow I will begin the Electrolysis procedure to remove it. Yea, science!
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If you're going to run it change out the timing belts so you don't kill it since it looks like it could be a good one.
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I will begin the Electrolysis procedure to remove it. Yea, science!

I am interested in the procedure you are going to use
Would you be so kind to say what equipment, pieces and parts you are going to use in your procedure
Maybe I will learn something

If I was cleaning rust out I would use CRC Evapo-rust and roll the tank around every other day and pour it out when inside of tank is clean.
Your way is probably better and faster

Please advice so maybe this old dog can learn a new trick
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I too am a big fan of EvapoRust, but this would require a lot of it, and Electrolysis will cost me about 25 cents worth of washing soda and a short piece of steel rod and a few days time. Plus, I do NOT plan on removing the tank.

Here's a good video of someone else showing how to do it. -

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Yeah, too much work to roll the whole bike around and over $100 of Evapo-Rust for one project is a bit much unless I knew I would use it a bunch for other things.
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I do buy EvapoRust a gallon at a time these days, but I also re-use it over and over. At $28ish a gallon, I would hate to have to buy a Gold Wing full.
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I know a couple of people that buy it at 55 gallons a pop. Plus one guy that got a 275 gallon tote.
But not me.
I splurged once and bought a 5 gallon pail that I have used for years.
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On the subject of EvapoRust. Do you think it is safe to soak the fuel pump assembly?

I will be replacing the pump, so really what I want to to is get the crap of the rest of the assembly.
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The low fuel light sensor is no problem, but the gauge sender might be an issue. A little time would most likely be great to clean it out, but an extended soak might eat through some of it. Probably best to pull it out and deal with it separately. If you are going with electrolysis, that will be the best place to insert your anode anyway.
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I am amazed at the progress made with the electrolysis so far. This tank was as rusty as I have ever seen, and it is now about 90% clean. I ran it for 36hr and then dumped the nearly black water and refilled it and started again. I think in another 24hr or so it will be in great shape.


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Interesting

Looks like the rod from your video

Do you go to local hardware store and get the rod for hot water tank ?

Was the fuel pump covered in rust ?? Will you have to replace it ???

I have never done that before, hope I can remember if I ever need to.
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That video was some other guy who I just copied. The rod is just a piece of steel rod out of my metal scrap box. The whole fuel pump assembly was covered in CRAP but right now its soaking in Evaporust. The actual pump itself is getting replaced with an OSIAS pump off Ebay.
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Incredible results with the electrolysis. I have a fan on it right now. Once dry I will brush it and vacuum, then move onto the next project.


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As I said before "interesting "

Belts, fluids, filters, tune up and polish

Then you will have to decide

Should it stay or should it go ??

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After drying, brushing and vacuuming out the remaining dust I have a perfectly clean tank. Amazing. I doused it with a coat of WD40 to keep it rust free until I get the new fuel pump installed and get some gas in it.

Next step - lets see if she starts and runs.
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Per Charlie1Horse - Timing belts! It will eat itself if they fail.
At a minimum, I would strongly advise removing the timing belt covers and turning it over manually before starter cranking it.
Remove the plugs and borrow a borescope to inspect the cylinders as you turn it over. (Rust in the tank may mean rust elsewhere.)
Based on cylinder condition - proceed with the timing belt replacement
Belts are cheap - compared to an engine. I would put in the extra hours to replace.
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I agree with the timing belt change, but when I went to have a look at it I hooked up a jumper pack and it did turn over. I'll inspect the belts before running it.
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Installed new fuel pump and filter. Inspected timing belts and they were looking great. Dumped in some fuel and in about 3 seconds it started up. After about a minute I turned of the choke and it was running smooth as silk, and super responsive throttle. Like it never even sat for all that time.

Amazing. I have some other work to do but when I get it on the road I will do some heavy-mix seafoam/gas for a while just for good measure.

I can't believe how good this thing is turning out to be. Wow. :o

Now, someone tell me what these are? I did not see where the fell off from when I was removing panels on the front.


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My guess is
Metal parts attached to panels with short screws or glue and springs wrapped in rubber go around frame rails and hook at other end of metal parts so panels don't fly off and don't scratch parts
I guess screws or glue did not hold

I use fish leaders on all my panels

Do I win a prize ?
I hope it is, gas paid for a trip to ride from The Northwest Angle in Minnesota to Southern most point buoy in Florida
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John K wrote: Fri Feb 02, 2024 7:09 am My guess is
Metal parts attached to panels with short screws or glue and springs wrapped in rubber go around frame rails and hook at other end of metal parts so panels don't fly off and don't scratch parts
I guess screws or glue did not hold

I use fish leaders on all my panels

Do I win a prize ?
I hope it is, gas paid for a trip to ride from The Northwest Angle in Minnesota to Southern most point buoy in Florida

It will require me to get a passport Lol


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