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CZ here, long time rider of an '02 1100 Classic, but parked it about eight years back and am just starting to look at reviving the old gal. I know I'm going to need to pull off both sides and re-seal, get a new battery, swap out the blinker fluid, and probably change the rubber. Does anyone have any revival tips/links/suggestions for me? I was in the habit of doing all my own maintenance and modifications previously, aside from tires, and am not worried about undoing nuts and bolts.
Thanks in advance folks! - cz
I would change the rubber brake lines as well. I just picked up a 2000 Classic and have flushed the brake fluid, the fork oil, motor oil, serviced the final drive and replaced that fluid adjusted the valves, rebuilt the carbs, replaced the cables and will be doing the brake lines. You can always check the wKB...V-Star 1100 Wiki Knowledge Base (google.com)
I'd start by cleaning out the tank and petcock I had rust right through to the paint. Ethanol sitting in a tank can be a very very bad thing. These tanks are hard to find, replace.
Good checklist, thanks Donn
Did not even cross my mind. Thanks for the tip.
Fingers crossed the tank is still good. ( : ))
Found a few online sites for cleaning the tank, depending on deep you want to clean. You can get it back down to bare metal and recoat or scrub and hope for the best.
I am trying the "fill it with BBs, and agitate with different cleaners" method. I ordered a new petcock for sure as the original was frozen solid.
I've been told Muriatic acid works, but my old black tank was held together by the paint...
Got a new one from Japan through Ridenow, in Az It cost me $700.00
I'm real careful now!
I ended up using old battery acid, and then vinegar/ baking soda with agitation. Didn't get all the corrosion out, so I am planning on replacing the fuel filter every 100 miles or so. I bought a multi pack of them on eBay.
I use one of these!
I bought some metal elbows and the fuel line from the petcock goes down vertically through the filter, makes a U turn at the engine case goes back up to another elbow to turn it 90% toward under the seat and the stock filter.
I get to see if it needs to be changed (you can see particles in it and it pre-filters the gas before going through the OEM filter.
Carry a spare filter with you when you ride!