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Coat Gas Tank Or Not?

  • Yes, Coat It With Red-Kote

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  • Yes, but use POR-15

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  • Yes, but use Kreem

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  • No, leave it as it is

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  • No, but use MMO according to Randakk

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  • No, use another Rust Inhibitor

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Bought a gas tank off Ebay today. Mine is toast. Rusty and the liner is peeling away from the inside tank walls. Spoke with Dave @ cyclepsycho.com and their turn around is at least 3 weeks coming and going.

With all this beautiful beach weather I can't wait that long.

Question is: From the photos the tank looks almost pristine inside and I'm wondering whether I should coat it or not.

If I do coat it, it will be with Red-Kote. From all I've read, and on Randakk's site there is some info, it seems to be the best route to go....IF I coat it. On the other hand, Randakk also mentions MMO as a rust inhibitor and carb lubricant when added 4 ounces to 5 gallons of gas.

So, everyone......To Coat or Not To Coat?
 

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If the tank comes in clean, rinse it, use MMO,and ride the snot out of it this summer. Then, in winter, clean and kote to your hearts content!
 

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I agree with Richard. I use the MMO myself and have no problems with the FI system on mine.
 

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My preferred method is to remove the rust with electrolysis and not coat.

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UBarW wrote:
If the tank comes in clean, rinse it, use MMO,and ride the snot out of it this summer. Then, in winter, clean and kote to your hearts content!
Problem is, we don't have a winter here on the beach! :D
 

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After all that you have been through, just get the bike moving and enjoy some riding untill you can make some down time. Take Care - Jim
 

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If it's clean why coat it at all?
 

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Any coating you place on the inside of the tank will eventually flake off and clog up your filter, and any particles smaller than 2 microns will pass through your filter and jam in the smaller ports of your carbs/injectors.

Coating is a good "stop-gap" measure if you intend to launch the bike onto an unsuspecting victim.
 

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I know, MD, that you used that Rustecote (I think) and have had zero rust per your posts in the subject. Don't intend to sell the bike to anyone, I have to much fun working on it (especially the timing belts :D), to consider selling. Besides, I'm on a mission here. I have a vision for this bike that I want to realize. The Rustecote (sp) is a bit pricey right now for me. Perhaps in the future yes.

When it arrives, if it is as clean inside as the photos show, perhaps it is best to leave it as it is, use MMO (per Randakk) and just make sure I am vigilant against any corrosion.

I read everyone's posts multiple times, and am appreciative of all your sage advice. That's what makes this forum the best in the world!
 

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jk-1 wrote:
After all that you have been through, just get the bike moving and enjoy some riding untill you can make some down time. Take Care - Jim
LOL...thanks Jim. Have the carbs off right now and am waiting on Randakk's rebuild kit. And having been through what I have been through just makes me more determined to make it right and enjoy the hell out of it this summer.

Pulling the tank off was actually not as hard as I imagined and I rather enjoyed it. It gave me an opportunity to note everything on the rear of the bike and make mental notes (and written ones) on things to do while waiting for the tank and rebuild kit.

I even had the wife onboard for about a 40 mile ride a couple weeks ago. Something she would have never considered 6 months ago.

Thanks!
 
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