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I went to a big swap meet over the weekend and sold some parts bikes and picked up a '71 Sl350 and a '78 1/2 Rm 250. I'm kind of excited about the Sl I've wanted one for a while. i also got on the internet looking for solutions to clean rust out of the tank. Outboard motor guys have been doing it with a rod and battery charger. tape up the rod on one end and a plastic insulator at the filler cap, fill the tank with salt water and apply low battery voltage. One connection to the rod and the other to the tank. I'm trying it now, I'll let you know how it works.

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I don't know how to load up pictures.

You could e-mail them to me I'll load them up for you . I purchased 2 of the SL350 in very nice shape when I was too young to know or appreciate what they were. That was 20+ years ago and I destroyed them both in a short time

The idea of a smallish twin cylinder dual sport has always been intriguing to me just because they would have better road manners than a single. Along the same line was the Kawasaki KLE500 that was never imported to North America. Much more modern than the SL350 but almost as cool.

http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/Gallery/Kawasaki%2520KLE500%252005%2520%25201.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/kawasaki/kawasaki_kle500%252005.htm&usg=__OFzD9ed-HcVqL2bq49NTTinBaPI=&h=750&w=1000&sz=56&hl=en&start=3&tbnid=6jGV9D_Iv6f-qM:&tbnh=112&tbnw=149&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dkle500%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG

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You could e-mail them to me I'll load them up for you . I purchased 2 of the SL350 in very nice shape when I was too young to know or appreciate what they were. That was 20+ years ago and I destroyed them both in a short time

The idea of a smallish twin cylinder dual sport has always been intriguing to me just because they would have better road manners than a single. Along the same line was the Kawasaki KLE500 that was never imported to North America. Much more modern than the SL350 but almost as cool.

http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/Gallery/Kawasaki%2520KLE500%252005%2520%25201.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/kawasaki/kawasaki_kle500%252005.htm&usg=__OFzD9ed-HcVqL2bq49NTTinBaPI=&h=750&w=1000&sz=56&hl=en&start=3&tbnid=6jGV9D_Iv6f-qM:&tbnh=112&tbnw=149&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dkle500%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG

I'll send you some when I get it back together. I pulled the eninge yesterday and started the top end job. I've wanted one for a long time.

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The electrolysis deal is reportedly very "line-of-sight" limited for some reason. I've not read any really good reports in a motorcycle application.

Two of my favorite techniques: used diluted (3:1 or 4:1) swimming pool acid (muriatic) or for less safety risk, use straight distilled white vinegar from the grocery store.

I've done both methods on severely (and I mean SEVERELY) rusted tanks with great success. The muriatic takes a day or two, the vinegar takes two attempts of 3 days each.

In either case, don't let the acid (or vinegar) contact any aluminum (like, the petcock) for any length of time. The fluid will attack and dissolve the aluminum.

When complete, you need to rinse thoroughly with water and follow it up with a few cups of gasoline rinse to avoid flash rusting. Because if you don't, you'll get flash rusting that you can actually WATCH occurring. That bare wet steel will rust in about two minutes unless you completely remove the water from the pores of the steel. Other water-absorbers (like alcohol or fuel tank water removers) work, too, but the gasoline rinse works for me.

Good luck.

Kirk

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I have used gravel and a bit of fuel or water in the past. Shake the crap out of it..then shake it some more. Seems to work well. Then just use the tank sealant when your done and your as right as rain...TAKE THE PETCOCK OUT FIRST!!!

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