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the tank can be cleaned " in place " without removing, if you do it the with Electrolysis method.


lots of threads on this forum about doing that.


http://www.rickswoodshopcreations.co...st_Removal.htm


https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums...revention.html




this thread has a lot of pictures, and cautions about Polarity, which is critical.

https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums...ctrolysis.html
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Where is it? LOL

Yes, it is still at the current owner's house. I do not own it yet. I am just in the information gathering stage right now.

He is not in a big hurry to sell it, and I have the first right of refusal on it.
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The Electrolysis method would work fine leaving the tank in place.


Another method is (still leaving the tank in place) to empty the tank, remove the fuel pump so you can examine the inside REALLY good, then use a 4:1 mixture of water and vinegar (4 parts water/1 part vinegar). Let it set for 6-8 hrs, skimming the rust that comes up every hour or so. I used 20% acidity vinegar because I buy it online for killing weeds, (works great). Siphon it all out and wipe it down to dry it out immediately. Don't throw away the vinegar/water mixture, it'll come in handy killing weeds this summer. Then immediately after dry, put some Marvel Mystery Oil on a sponge and wipe the whole inside of the tank with a thin film of oil. The MMO mixes well with the new gasoline when you fill it up and lubes the fuel system nicely. You can also put a few ounces of Marine StaBil in when you fill up the tank the first time. The Marine Stabil will inhibit rust and will help the fuel system.
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If i was going to use Vinegar, I would use it straight....
unless there is something magic about mixing it with water????


it is already a water based product,,,,, you want the Acid base to pull the rust.


IMO, Electrolysis is the only way to go as it will pull every little speck of rust off the tank, AND the fuel level sensor components. Plus, it won't hurt any of the metal stuff.
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check the belts clean the carbs and tank should be good to go make sure the clutch and brakes work

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Pig in a poke.

You might come out thousands of $ to the good, or not. Only you can decide if you want to gamble the $1500. Keep in mind this is not an easy motorcycle to work on due to the extraordinary amount of effort it takes to get enough bodywork off and on to access almost anything for any reason. That was really my ONLY complaint with mine, as I'm a DIY sorta guy.

Worst case, you could likely part it out and recover your money. The 1500 series 'Wing is a fantastic touring motorcycle. I only sold mine because the weight was becoming a bit much for me to manage at slow speeds and stopping. Not the bike's fault

Best of luck...let us know how it works out!

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Thanks for all the help and advice. My friend has talked to some dealers and seeing what he can expect as a trade in, he told me that he would sell it to me for $1200. I talked to a couple of Honda shops, and to have them put 2 new tires on, clean both carbs (which includes cleaning out the gas tank) and flush all of the fluids, I would be looking at $1200 plus parts. The only thing I forgot to ask about was how much to replace the timing belt.

So it appears I can have a nice running bike for less than 3K investment. I went to his house to take a look at it, and cosmetically the bike looks great. It has been stored inside, and I could not see any sign of rodent damage anywhere.


He told me to take a week to research everything before I let him know my decision.
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weighing what you posted, I'd go for it.


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