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Morgue13
12-05-2010, 5:58 PM
popped off the alternator cover and found a ton of rust how bad is this?

http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg200/HELL_ON_WHEELS_1/XS750/DSC02424.jpg


http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg200/HELL_ON_WHEELS_1/XS750/DSC02425.jpg

gs650
12-05-2010, 7:36 PM
It's just a big magnet the rust shouldn't really matter.

leoeotw
12-05-2010, 7:47 PM
I think they all look like that, just no one is there to see it. :D

May be if you cleaned it up with some steel wool and put a very light coat of oil/grease it might stay nice for a while. But don't they all get some kind of dirt and grime on them?

Glen

PS. Does everyone have one of those furniture caddies like this is sitting on?

Morgue13
12-05-2010, 8:01 PM
those rollers saved my butt a few times

Nooovie
12-06-2010, 1:38 PM
On XS650.com is a "How To" clean a rusty tank with electrolysis using a battery charger. Maybe if you can take the magneto off (I hope it's called that) and put it in a bucket, you can remove the rust that way. Seems non-destructive. I'll have to do the same to my spare CB550 motor that's been laying around.... one day. :)

Here's the link... Rust removal using a battery charger (http://www.xs650.com/forum/showthread.php?t=30)

Another link... Ken's Electrolysis Setup (http://www.altelco.net/~jacil/clay/motorcycle/KElecSetup.html)

and borrowed image for clarification...

http://www.altelco.net/~jacil/clay/motorcycle/electrolysis/electrolysis_setup.jpg

Morgue13
12-06-2010, 2:48 PM
thanks! yeah have seen that done works ok

Kokuma
12-06-2010, 2:52 PM
Does that have no gasket?

Morgue13
12-07-2010, 2:19 PM
nope no gasket

bobberjohn
12-08-2010, 4:33 PM
A red "Scotch Brite" abrasive pad, blow it off with the air blower,
mist with WD-40, wipe dry.

rustrocket84
12-09-2010, 12:46 AM
Does the manual call for a gasket? My Hondas and Harley both have gaskets on everything. Just seems odd. Maybe get some gasket material and make your own for it to prevent this problem in the future.

turbonate
12-09-2010, 10:16 AM
A red "Scotch Brite" abrasive pad, blow it off with the air blower,
mist with WD-40, wipe dry.
X2, no need in using a 99 dollar soloution for a 99 cent problem

Morgue13
12-09-2010, 1:12 PM
thanks guys