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Thinking of buying 1985 ZL900 eliminator...with 50K miles 1. saw light rust inside the tank. is this a big problem? how can I clean it out ? 2. bike starts up and runs fine. then, stalls after driven just a short distance. fuel filter ? any suggestions will help. thanks.

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Rust in the tank not a big problem, there is a product called Kreem you can buy the kit comes with bottle of rust remover and bottle of dryer and a bottle of internal sealer/coating.

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If the bike restarts after a stall by-all means check the fuel system if not it could be the stator failing and killing the battery.

Posted on May 15, 2010

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