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Cleaning gasoline tanks by electrolysis works very well and leaves it shiny clean. I've done it on a couple of bikes I was restoring, might still be some old postings about it on the website here. For an idea of how to do it see:
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I spent some time on youtube looking at ways to clean up my rusty fenders. I am just not in the right mindset to cover the expense of re-chroming them. But they certainly need it. Not only a loads of rust freckles, but blisters where the chrome has failed. The inside is fully covered in rust. See the pictures below. I would love to dip them in evaporust, but that would take gallons of the stuff and it is way to expensive for that.

So I came up with a plan. Combine white vinegar, Salt and flour. The vinegar is the acid, the salt provides free ions and the flour thickens it to a paste. Paint the paste onto the rust areas and rub with aluminum foil. I was amazed at how well it worked. The surface rust disappeared almost instantaneously. It did a pretty good job knocking down the solid rust inside the fender. Of course the blisters in the chrome are still there, but they are not rusty.

I clear coated the inside of the fenders. Spitting in the wind, but I needed to try something. I polished the outside of the fender, hoping the polishing compound inhibits the rust from reforming. Just have to keep on top of the polishing. Before and after picture below ,

I can always send the fenders for re-chroming sometime in the future if the feeling comes over me.
Keep an eye on ebay for new fenders. Every now and then someone parts out a bike from the southwest desert area. On my 450 I polished the outside and used Rustolem primer with chrome paint on the inside.

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Get a 5 gallon bucket, fill it with water, dunk the fenders in it, and use electrolysis.

Rust B Gone w/o any work at all.

or get one of those cheapy plastic play pools for the kids from the Dollar Store...

about 6 bux....

fill that with water and dunk the whole fender(s) all at once and use electrolysis.

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Cleaning gasoline tanks by electrolysis works very well and leaves it shiny clean. I've done it on a couple of bikes I was restoring, might still be some old postings about it on the website here. For an idea of how to do it see:
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Wow, That looks like fun. I will do the rear fender using this process. then I might go back to the front and do it again if it works well, but now I will have to strip the clear coat.
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The rear brakes!!

The differential next, It seems very smooth. Not going to open it up. Clean, Paint, polish install.
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Psst... It's not a differential just a right angle drive that's usually called the 'final drive'.

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You may want to replace all the dash bulbs while it's apart. They usually have a similar lifespan and if a few went the others may follow.

I cheaped out on mine by getting a slightly lower wattage at a local pep boys and called it close enough.


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Psst... It's not a differential just a right angle drive that's usually called the 'final drive'.
Then Final drive it is. Thanks

The Final Drive is on the bike!!!!!

The blue tape is there to remind me that I need to fill it with oil and grease.
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Some of you may remember an earlier thread about rebuilding the breather. I ordered some breather filters from an older GM motor to use the filter material in it I would use to make a new breather filter for honda. Well after a month of waiting for them to arrive, I finally cancelled the order and ordered some more from someone else and they came.

In the month I waited, I put the engine back in the bike. Well taking the breather off with the engine in the bike is NEAR impossible. Spent hours taking it off and putting it back in.

I took the material out of two of them, and cut to fit int the screens in the breather. Later I did tie it all together with some copper wire before putting it all back together.
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