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Title: It was a steal from offerup?
Post by: MoVision on March 10, 2021, 06:21:17 AM
Hello all,
Got an 82 550xz for $460 that was turning over and electrical worked well. Fluids replaced, brakes updated, carbs redone(buddy price $150 for both), new tires ordered and yet still there are a couple minor things to fix. Have to re plumb the breather lines, weld a leak in the tank. The patch on the tank I put didnít hold so it is cleaning up after the 2nd test ride. Nothing major but all in all a great ride. Really enjoy the torque in the mid range and all gears feel pretty smooth which is rare for a project bike. Still on probation for posting pics but I will get some up soon.

Oh and it came with the factory maintenance and diagram book as well. Could not believe it!
Title: Re: It was a steal from offerup?
Post by: Walt_M. on March 10, 2021, 07:18:04 AM
Welcome to the group. Good to hear that you've got it running. Having the factory manual is a big plus. If you're an experienced welder you know how dangerous gasoline fumes are. Good luck.
Title: Re: It was a steal from offerup?
Post by: MoVision on March 10, 2021, 01:36:02 PM
Thank you for the greeting. Not experienced but I am taking it to my welding school and paying the instructor/owner to do it. This will make it easier for everyone and I get to keep my eyelashes.
Title: Re: It was a steal from offerup?
Post by: fret not on March 10, 2021, 10:57:48 PM
What is the approved method of welding a gas tank?  Is that where you fill the tank with water to do the welding? :police:
Title: Re: It was a steal from offerup?
Post by: Prophet Of Doom on March 11, 2021, 02:27:50 AM

One of the guys on my welding course was killed shortly after from cutting an old oil drum,  I tend on the side of safety.  If it smells of chemicals it's probably deadly to weld.

I know others who weld tanks - most purge to remove the oxygen - CO2 or Argon.  Some fill with sand.  None that I know of fill with water.

Mine, I flowed water and dishwashing liquid through it till there was no smell of gasoline.  That took about a whole day. Then purged with argon before lighting up the tig
Even so, welding the seams gave some small but alarming explosions.


Title: Re: It was a steal from offerup?
Post by: MoVision on March 11, 2021, 04:38:36 PM
I agree with Doom. I have seen shows where people donít care and simply removed the tank with petcock and valves, then hold a torch to it until it flames out. They then pressure washed the tank. I highly would not suggest this. I used JB steel weld on my tank and it was still slightly fume filled but it held or so I thought. Let it cure for three days but after I put in a gallon in another three days it was leaking again. Drained the tank for now and have been airing it out between the sunny days. This is why I am letting the guy with 30yrs knowledge take on the task. I will post the tips and tricks in a bit.