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Old 14th October 2009
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Default AHHHHHH...not this... (rust in tank)

pulled my tins the other day and started stripping them... started on the tank last night and.....yep, you guessed it, rust in the tank!

appears minimal and I didn't see any rust in the petcock last week when I took it off, but looking inside, I can definitely see it now...this blows...have read a few posts on here for the proper procedure and none of them sound like any fun! weighing my options @ this point...would all the trouble to repair be worth it or should I just buy a new tank?..not made of money, but somethings it pays in the long run to just spend the money...how many of you guys have done the repairs yourselves? I've read that coating them can also lead to flaking and other issues....just looking for some opinions from some of those better versed in the process...

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I've heard good things about the POR-15 coating kit.
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Even if you buy a new tank most companys recomend coating the tank anyways. There has been alot of discusions on here about tank coating. Everything I have read says the 3 part Por 15 works well on rusty tanks and Kreem seems to flake off. Here is a link to a HOW TO, for Kreem, I'm assuming the process will be the same for the Por 15 kit.
http://reviews.ebay.com/How-to-use-t...00000001059206
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Default If you don't feel like dicking around with it, go ahead and...

...spring for a new tank.
Not everybody's into the bullshit involved with lining/creaming a gas tank.
That's one of the reasons you see so many Sportster tanks up for sale EVERYWHERE.

When I switched from my stock 2.2 gallon peanut, I picked up a brand-new King Sportster (3.1 gallons) with recessed pop-up cap for under $100 on eGay.

I've NEVER coated a gas tank in my life, for the simple reason that gasoline doesn't stay in the tank for long because I don't let my bike sit around.



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IronHed...look into a product called Evaporust (www.evaporust.com).

It will take that rust out with minimal work. I used it on parts and believe me, it works wonders. I found it at my local Autozone so you may find a retailer that stocks it on their shelves already. The stuff is fantastic! No smell, no fumes, no real mess, it's bio-degradable and non-toxic. They have instructions specifically on how to de-rust a motorcycle tank. I think you plug your holes except the fill hole of course, pour in the product, then sit it down for like an hour. Then you rotate it every hour so that every area inside the tank gets treated.

You can then either recoat the tank (or have a radiator shop do it for you...don't know what they'd charge) or just fill it back up with gas. Like Ivan I don't plan on my bike sitting for long enough for rust to form. Then you can use that money you'd have spent on a new tank on something else!

(Note, I do not work for this company nor am associated with it in any way. It's just when I find a product that promises the moon then actually delivers I like to spread the news...)
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...I read some of the text and I'd give it a shot.
The real beauty of it seems to be that it's idiot-proof and uncomplicated, the way everything should be.



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this does sound like good stuff, gonna give it a try. and as cool as it sounds to be able to ride enough to not let your bike sit around, alot of us here dont have that luxury. come on up here and try riding in jan, feb, or march. i think u will find that your bike DOES indeed get the chance to sit around for at least a few months. that being said, i too have never used a tank sealer, i found that during the winter hibernation i would fill the tank right to the top. i was married then, now i just park the bike in the house.

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When I did the tank in my Goldwing I used the RedKote stuff after hearing Kreem starts chipping. So far so good!
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tried a tank liner and can say its not all they say. the tank i tried it on can not be found so it was a necessary evil. one of these days, i will have to break out my metal brake and dimension out the old tank and try to duplicate it. this time with heavier metal. in the mean time, its either the mig or brass. the brass is easier to apply with less chance of burn through. got the machine to run it but one day, i have to break down for a tig.
by the way, i have seen fiber glass replica tanks but only in a very limited design like the old peanut style. hmmmmmm!
just got an idea. use the old tank top as a mold and roll my own coffin. then do the botton and glass the two together. is it worth the trouble?????
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I look forward to seeing what you guys think of it. I used it on my shift linkage and forward control clevites (I think that's what they are called...where the pegs attach). Both were very rusty and I didn't want to take a wire brush to them for fear of tearing up the chrome. I dumped the parts in a bucked of this stuff and an hour later almost all the rust was gone. By two hours they looked almost brand new with just some scratches! I think I gently brushed them with an old toothbrush for about 2 minutes at the hour mark and that wasn't even really necessary.

So let me know if you try it and what you think.

As for riding in the winter up in Detroit...no thanks. I like my 60 degree winters here in So Cal.
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