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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 2006, 7:29 am Thread Starter
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gas tank metal?

What is this think made of? Aluminum?
What is a good cleaner for the tank once it is drained and inards removed? POR 15 products work on THIS tank?
The residue does not look like rust, more like slimey pond scum.

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 2006, 7:39 am
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ehm...... It's ABS plastic. I'd use only clean gas to clean it or possibly safer less flammable Kerosene or white spirit, no solvents. If you got that much residue you should be thinking of cleaning the pickup strainer and replacing the fuel filter pretty quick. If your bike is old, check you got a 5mm thick tank (subject of a recall, search here for recent post).



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I guess I should clarify what bike I am speaking of, uh? Sorry. '85 K100RS

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I guess I should clarify what bike I am speaking of, uh? Sorry. '85 K100RS
OK, sorry not my bike model, but cleaning principles still apply. I've also successfully used air line fed Kerosene guns - as long as you strip out the delicate items first. Just keep naked flames away as there's still plenty of gas deposit and vapor around.



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85? Aluminum (U.S.) Aluminium (U.K.). Structurally the same thing.



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Excellent. Thanks. What is the best way to clean? As described above?

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Excellent. Thanks. What is the best way to clean? As described above?
I used 2 packs of BB's on a TT500 tank. Check the inside of the bottom for corrosion. The tanks were supposed to be drained and tipped over every couple of years to drain any water, it was seldom done. These bikes that were not maintained were noted for this.

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BBs in a aluminum K bike fuel tank? I was thinking more like a good degreaser or acid solution since it is slimy stuff and not rust.

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BBs in a aluminum K bike fuel tank? I was thinking more like a good degreaser or acid solution since it is slimy stuff and not rust.
Sorry about the BB method. I didn't realize it was that wet or slimy. Does the stuff even smell like it was once fuel? And did you get the pump and other stuff out of the tank?

The only thing that comes to mind is to try Acetone.

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Bike was in storage for 9 years and never drained. Pretty sure it was gas at one time.
I drained the muck out, added 1/4 tank of gas and sloshed it around (tank taken off bike) and drained again. What is left on inner walls of tank has the feel of pond algea or algae (green stuff that floats in a still water pond)

Yep, in-ards taken out.


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