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Old 02-12-2014, 06:07 PM   #301
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Just finished a carb clean using Pine Sol and a toothbrush. Very happy with the results.

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I should have used the flash in both pics to make for a better comparo, but you get the point.


Has anyone filled a gunky fuel tank with Pine Sol and had good results?
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:57 PM   #302
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Has anyone filled a gunky fuel tank with Pine Sol and had good results?
I have with clear vinegar but not pinesol.I left it in for a week.I would shake it and flip it a few times a day.I made sure it got a couple nights on it top and sitting straight up.I only lost about a quart of it through evaporation and leakage.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:15 AM   #303
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Has anyone filled a gunky fuel tank with Pine Sol and had good results?


I have a 1966 Kawi 2 stroke that had about 1/2" of gooey, tar-like mess in the bottom. I poured in 3 bottles of PineSol and it took about a week but all the goo finally dissolved.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:53 AM   #304
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I've cleaned three different tanks so far, I always start out with PineSol to
clean out the solubles and varnish. The last one I also used citric acid, then
finished it off the remaining rust with a product called "Metal Rescue". This
stuff works! I just checked my TLR200, which has been sitting for several
months, and it is a good candidate for the PineSol/Metal Rescue method.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:08 AM   #305
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Definitely like the after much more than before. Great Job. Have to keep pine sol in mind. Before cleaning the tank, you may want to borrow a fish eye scope and inspect it to see if it any extra work on the tank is needed.

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Just finished a carb clean using Pine Sol and a toothbrush. Very happy with the results.

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I should have used the flash in both pics to make for a better comparo, but you get the point.


Has anyone filled a gunky fuel tank with Pine Sol and had good results?
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:33 PM   #306
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Just finished a carb clean using Pine Sol and a toothbrush. Very happy with the results.

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I should have used the flash in both pics to make for a better comparo, but you get the point.


Has anyone filled a gunky fuel tank with Pine Sol and had good results?
Those are from your 1984 Honda Sabre VF700S? I thought I was seeing things, as my son and I just dropped the carbs from a newly acquired 1982 Honda Sabre VF750S into a bucket on Pine Sol last night. Did you drop them in all assembled like that? Ours were a mess. We pulled the jets and everything else we could.
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:59 PM   #307
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Those are from your 1984 Honda Sabre VF700S? I thought I was seeing things, as my son and I just dropped the carbs from a newly acquired 1982 Honda Sabre VF750S into a bucket on Pine Sol last night. Did you drop them in all assembled like that? Ours were a mess. We pulled the jets and everything else we could.
I left the carbs assembled as a rack but removed the jets, floats, diaphragms, needles, etc. For me it was easier to keep the parts matched up for each carb if I left them assembled and I numbered them. One spot that almost got me was after I thought the jets were clear and I started installing them. I backed up a step, held each one up to a light, and found one that was plugged solid. The only way I could clear it was to use the wire twist tie from a loaf of bread (after burning off the plastic coating).

I also had a float valve stuck in its bore. After soaking for 22 hours in Pine Sol it came out easily.

All in all, it worked out well.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:02 PM   #308
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I've cleaned three different tanks so far, I always start out with PineSol to
clean out the solubles and varnish. The last one I also used citric acid, then
finished it off the remaining rust with a product called "Metal Rescue". This
stuff works! I just checked my TLR200, which has been sitting for several
months, and it is a good candidate for the PineSol/Metal Rescue method.
I see that Metal Rescue is available at Home Depot so that's easy enough. Where do you pick up citric acid? Home Depot's site does not list it...
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:02 PM   #309
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I see that Metal Rescue is available at Home Depot so that's easy enough. Where do you pick up citric acid? Home Depot's site does not list it...
Citric acid = orange juice?
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:38 PM   #310
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Citric acid = white vinegar.
Fairly equal in that they both do the job, and are acids, but they are not the same chemical.
Mmm Mmmm. Honey, this sure is a tasty White Vinegar Meringue pie.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:45 PM   #311
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Citric acid = white vinegar.
White vinegar is acetic acid, not citric
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Fairly equal in that they both do the job, and are acids, but they are not the same chemical.
Mmm Mmmm. Honey, this sure is a tasty White Vinegar Meringue pie.
Oops , perhaps that's why things taste funny around here.... The wife is probably trying to kill me.
Citric acid = orange juice? Probably not good for cleaning carbs, though....
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:36 AM   #313
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Oops , perhaps that's why things taste funny around here.... The wife is probably trying to kill me.
Citric acid = orange juice? Probably not good for cleaning carbs, though....
Well you don't actually use OJ.

Citric acid can be bought in crystal form and you mix it up into a solution when your ready to use some.

http://www.wikihow.com/Prepare-Citric-Acid-Solution
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I see that Metal Rescue is available at Home Depot so that's easy enough. Where do you pick up citric acid? Home Depot's site does not list it...
I bought bulk citric acid from www.hardrhino.com when I refinished the
cedar siding on my home. Turns out citric acid has many uses.
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Citric acid = orange juice?
Closer. I prefer lemon. As mentioned above you can buy crystalized cirtic acid, but lemon juice is also a good source of fairly strong citric acid, and has been a mainstay for boiling carbs for generations of motorcyclists.
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