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Got JB weld or braising in my fuel breather

Previous owner redid the fuel tank on my harley and plugged the fuel breather with JB weld or Braising. Now the bike gets vapor lock. any ideas on how to get it out without making a spark and going KABOOM?

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  • Jessie Lamison Jan 22, 2009

    I have no idea why they blocked the breather. But i got to get it out. Im just worried about drilling cuz it only takes a little bit of fumes to make a big BOOM.

  • Jessie Lamison Jan 23, 2009

    Hey thanks for all your help


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Take tank off empty gas . rinse out tank . fill with water . this is how i weld holes in tanks

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Remove the fuel tank leave the cap off and get a small drill bit and re drill the hole using a hand brace or a nut driver. if your careful you can use a battery powered drill or electric drill. why did they cover the breather hole?

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    ga_drifter Jan 23, 2009

    well you could let it air out for a few days after you drain it, but wit this cold snap of weather we are having gas fumes arent as bad in cold weather. you could try filling the tank with water while drilling but be sure to wash out with fresh gas immediatelt after drilling and removing the water. but be real careful and you wont have to use the water solution. just be careful and keep a fire extinguisher handy. usually you will only have problems around open flame such as a cutting torch.


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