View Full Version : how bad is this?

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



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

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?


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

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

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...


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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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