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Join Date: Jul 2008
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Rust in the tank is cancer. Once it starts, it spreads and affects everything it touches. There are no fuel filters on the bike, so anything that the gas touched, needs to come out of the bike. That includes removing the tank and COMPLETELY disassembling the vacuum fuel pump AND remove, disassemble then rebuild the carb. You have a 16 year old bike too, so lord knows how long it was sitting with a rusty tank.
You will also need to have the tank relined, or else it will rust again.
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-1969 Indian MX125 -10-2009 to Present
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-1973 Yamaha RD350
-1991 Harley Sportster 883 XL
-2000 Yamaha XV125
-2003 Piaggio Fly
-2004 Suzuki LS650 - 04-2005 to 07-2008
-2005 Boulevard C50 - 07-2008 to 5-2012
-2012 Vulcan 900 - 05-2012 to 05-2015
-2008 Yamaha FZ6 - 11-2008 to 04-2017
-2006 Star Virago - 05-2011 to 06-2017