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Old 06-20-2008, 08:53 PM   #1
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My tank is rusted on the inside

I bought a 2003 CBR 600RR with 294 miles on it. When I bought it, there was only a 1/4 tank of gas in it. Last night, I fill it up with gas. When I looked at the filler neck, there was rust on it. I wiped it off with a rag after I filled it up. I ride it to work this morning, no drama. I take a ride during lunch and it starts sputtering, jecking, bucking, etc. It got so bad on the way home that I had to call to get someone to pick the bike up and take it home. I shined a light inside of the tank and there is rust all on the inside of it. My question is, what do I do to clean it out and keep it from rusting more?
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Wild west honda should have what you need . I forgot the name of it though. I went to honda of houston today and saw it there . So i'm assuming wild west would have it .
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Are talking about Kreem?

Another thing that crossed my mind, how about POR-15?

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Old 06-20-2008, 09:07 PM   #4
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had this same problem on one of my old gas tanks on my bike.

you need to take the gas tank off, unplug the fuel line and all wires, empty all of the old gas out!!! next you need to take the gas filter off. on a suzuki it was the round thing bolted to the bottom of the tank. next once you have all of the gas taken out take the filter out and clean it accordingly of all of the rust and the same for the inside of the gas tank. after that bolt everything back together back the way it was, plug everything back, fill 'er back up, turn the key on and let the fuel system cycle.

Like i said i had the same problem on my bike with the old tank and this fixed it right up. if you have any questions or want some help, PM me
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and you might want to either get a new gas tank or find some way to clean the rust. but the filter is getting clogged from the rust particles so that needs to be cleaned out.
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Old 06-20-2008, 09:11 PM   #6
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and you might want to either get a new gas tank or find some way to clean the rust. but the filter is getting clogged from the rust particles so that needs to be cleaned out.
Yeah, I figured I would need to clean the screen on the pump. How much would a new tank cost?
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i dunno search ebay. But if ya want a quick fix for a while, jsut take the filter out clean it up and put it back in
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Old 06-20-2008, 09:25 PM   #8
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Rust is a to deal with especially if it gets to the carbs or injectors. I would start pricing a new tank, just to avoid the headaches of dealing with repairing a rusted out tank. If the bike is kept outside then you really have to deal with condensation building up in the tank which is causing the rust. Best deal is to keep your tank topped off.
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Old 06-20-2008, 09:29 PM   #9
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Rust is a to deal with especially if it gets to the carbs or injectors. I would start pricing a new tank, just to avoid the headaches of dealing with repairing a rusted out tank. If the bike is kept outside then you really have to deal with condensation building up in the tank which is causing the rust. Best deal is to keep your tank topped off.
I was kinda thinking the same thing. The bike will be kept inside a garage and will be ridden almost every day, so it won't be happening again, not while I'm the owner.
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I've been reading through this article:
http://www.motorcycleanchor.com/moto..._tankrust.html

and it looks like POR-15 may suit me fine. I have a buddy in Katy that deals with it regularly, I may get him to take care of it for me.
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Old 06-20-2008, 09:46 PM   #11
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Is there anything I need to do when everything is put back together? I think I will run some Seafoam thru the fuel system to clean up the injectors.
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I wouldn't be concerned about the injectors. the screens are actually really good on bikes these days.

Myself, personally, Id remove the tank, let it vent after pulling the pump assembly(yes, new gasket, order it if no one has it) and the filler cap. Throw a small chain inside and shake. Clean up the remaining rust then send the tank to get coated. Alot of harleys and customs get this coating which actually helps the tank stay cooler and preserve gas mileage through loss of vapor. I don't know the cost nor the specifics but have several friends w HDs that talk about it all the time at Christian Bike Nights. Other then your time, it wont cost a whole lot like a new or used tank.


I may take that back... if its not rusted out...
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/03-04...spagenameZWD1V
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Caligonetx gave some good advice there. You can take his advice, or, you can take the tank off and take it to Phoenix Intercoating in Cypress.

Should cost around $100, and they'll clean it and then seal it. When you get it back, it should last a long, long time without issue.
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Caligonetx gave some good advice there. You can take his advice, or, you can take the tank off and take it to Phoenix Intercoating in Cypress.

Should cost around $100, and they'll clean it and then seal it. When you get it back, it should last a long, long time without issue.

Where in Cypress is this coating place? Google can't seem to find it.
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i've done this and it works as well as anything

note: remove the pump and cap assembly first and block off the pump opening with a plate



50% muriatic acid
50% water
let it sit for fours hours
rinse with detergent and water a few times
rinse with plain water a few times
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Where in Cypress is this coating place? Google can't seem to find it.
They aren't listed, it's run out of their house. I'll see if I can find their card.
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Well I went up to Wild West Honda and got that Kreem kit. I washed it out with hot soapy water and have the etcher in right now. Wish me luck.
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plastic tank FTW!!!!!!!! Sorry honda guys
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Well I've rotated the tank a few times, I'd say it's about 60% done etching.
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