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My bike has been sitting for a long time, im not really sure how long its been but i know at least 5 years. I bought a new party and there was still no power getting to the ignition so I have a few questions for you. 1. There is dried up rust in the gas tank and I was wondering how to get it out. The key broke inside the lock for the gas tank so I cant open it but i am taking it to a lock smith tomorrow. 2. There is no power getting to the big so I think I need to replace the 20A main fuse. What other fuses should I replace? Thank you really appreciate it.

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Electrical won't be your biggest problem. Pull the carbs off and start crying now. 5 years of sitting killed them dead. Carb rebuilding or replacement, gas tank sealing, new battery, tank lock repair, oil change, spark plugs, rotted tires replacement (yes they are) and the electric issues will be or exceed your sanity level and value of bike. Sell bike now get a newer one that runs. You'll thank me later.

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    Max perfect value is $1000
    good is $675.
    Please don't spend the money on it!!



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