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I don't know if anyone is interested in this or not so take it with a grain of salt.
I converted an old whirlpool gas dryer over to tumble and rattle gas tanks
from old motorcycles that i come across and purchase for cheap.
I actually just picked up a police impound 2005 GSXR 1000 that had sat for
two years with the ethanol blended gas(that we are forced to purchase) left in the tank.

I pulled it apart and it was not in the best of shape,rusty,horrible smell (I'm sure
many of you know what I'm talking about).

It's ugly but it works reasonably well ( it spins a little fast though).
I use drywall screws and some WD40 and let her rip.
(You have to fabricate a plate where the fuel pump goes and do
some drilling to put in place of the empty hole left by the missing
fuel pump).
 

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Be careful with that high RPM, you might puncture the tank

Maybe using clay pebbles (the ones used in hydroagriculture and fishtanks) might be an idea as well?
 

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Be careful with that high RPM, you might puncture the tank

Maybe using clay pebbles (the ones used in hydroagriculture and fishtanks) might be an idea as well?
LOL ! I got a kick out of this.It's NOT going to puncture your tank Boss,you would
need to literally take a drill and a drill bit to puncture one of these tanks.And have
no fear,underdog is here.
 

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What a coincidence - I spent two weekends doing the identical tank ('06). Vinegar one weekend made it worse. Electrolysis the following weekend made it much worse. I bought a new tank. These methods usually work so I assumed I suck.

I'd be interested in seeing video on this and the results inside the tank.

I recently bought a classic vintage bike who's tank was a little iffy but lesson learned from the K6 - I paid a pro restorer this time.
 

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I've mentioned the method several times in the past. See #2 here and #7 here. The response here has generally been lukewarm.

Wrap some blankets around the tank so it isn't banging around. Disconnect the heating coils on an electric dryer.
 

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The problem with an electric dryer is that it's 220V. Your typical gas dryer is
110V so any outlet will work.(Why make more work for yourself?)
This works like a charm,I've done MANY tanks using this method.If the tank
is really rough you may need to repeat the procedure a few times.I use foam
lined on the inside of the drum to protect the tank and then stuff more foam
around the sides and back to secure it from falling out.
I'm not sure if you can post videos on here,i just joined this site,so not familiar
with it all.
This particular tank was very nasty,i can show a picture of it after tumbling.
I didn't do a before shot because i wasn't planning on posting any of this.
It works or i wouldn't waste my time with it.
 

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I was talking about a do-it-yourself project with an existing dryer. If you're actually trying to sell a service, you need to be in the classifieds.
 

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Yeah, I know that smell, by Christ it stinks.
I used vinegar but it didnt work either but it did loosen it so I stuck a hi pressure gurney in there, took a while to get into all the nooks and cranny's but it took all the rust out.
Good idea the dryer, I'll keep that in mind is I ever have to do it again.
 

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Grandpaul had a tank that was badly gunked up with the residue left from sitting for an extended time. See #18 there. He used Simple Green and EvapoRust. I still like the dryer method.
 

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I don't know if anyone is interested in this or not so take it with a grain of salt.
I converted an old whirlpool gas dryer over to tumble and rattle gas tanks
from old motorcycles that i come across and purchase for cheap.
I actually just picked up a police impound 2005 GSXR 1000 that had sat for
two years with the ethanol blended gas(that we are forced to purchase) left in the tank.

I pulled it apart and it was not in the best of shape,rusty,horrible smell (I'm sure
many of you know what I'm talking about).

It's ugly but it works reasonably well ( it spins a little fast though).
I use drywall screws and some WD40 and let her rip.
(You have to fabricate a plate where the fuel pump goes and do
some drilling to put in place of the empty hole left by the missing
fuel pump).
Grandpaul had a tank that was badly gunked up with the residue left from sitting for an extended time. See #18 there. He used Simple Green and EvapoRust. I still like the dryer method.
Seems like website cannot hold very big files,i don't know.It was to large
to post on here so you can go view on Youtube if you want.
 
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