Suzuki SV650 Riders Forum banner

1 - 20 of 37 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
155 Posts
Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Been wanting to do this for a while. Wanted to do it when I still had my bike, but didn’t want to be without it while I was making the mold. Also didn’t want to sacrifice a perfectly good tank for the cause. So I just found a good candidate on eBay for 70.00 so I bought it. Forgot to get a picture before I started, but you can see it had a good size dent. The inside is also trash. I’ve never seen a tank so rusted! Got it sanded a bit and ground the paint away so the body filler would stick well.




After first and second coat of filler.


This is after coat three and some sanding. Still needs one more skim coat, but finished for the most part.


Going to cut the spot welds on the mounting brackets so I can get those out of the way. And pull a good part from the underside. And maybe get it in a coat of duratec later this week.




Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
155 Posts
Discussion Starter #2
I won!! Took some doing, but I got the mounting brackets off. A few holes but they can be fixed.



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
155 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
Got a little more of the filling done this morning. One last spot then I can get it sprayed in some vinyl ester top coat.



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
155 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
Cheated and blasted the under side of the tank. Didn’t feel like hand rubbing. I think I did the the world a favor by using this tank. After blasting it was pin hole city!



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
155 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
Got it sprayed with primer. It was getting hard to see the imperfections.



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
155 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
Got the polyester primer sprayed this morning. Stuff goes on really thick 25-35 mil. This coating gets sanded really well the coated with a vinyl ester top coat that gets polished to a shine.



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
789 Posts
I don't want to be a Party-Pooper but did you use any form of fuel sealer before you applied the Filler?

Or are you going to use an Internal fuel sealant pack?

I ask because I've worked on fuel tanks both on Motorcycles and Aircraft and I don't think the Filler alone will prevent fuel from bleeding through and becoming dangerous and it may also ruin your Paint job and all your hard work.

If it were me and before you put any Top-coat on I'd use a Tank sealer just in case,

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/144-4181610-1205615?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=motorcycle+fuel+tank+sealer

Not too expensive and should make the tank secure.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
155 Posts
Discussion Starter #12
I don't want to be a Party-Pooper but did you use any form of fuel sealer before you applied the Filler?

Or are you going to use an Internal fuel sealant pack?

I ask because I've worked on fuel tanks both on Motorcycles and Aircraft and I don't think the Filler alone will prevent fuel from bleeding through and becoming dangerous and it may also ruin your Paint job and all your hard work.


This is still just the mold work. This is still the original steel tank. Should have posted these as well.



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
155 Posts
Discussion Starter #14
Ah!!

I see now.You are making it as a,"Mold".My mistake.Anyhoo you could still make a good tank out of it as a spare :D


Oh no, this is probably the worst rust I?ve ever seen inside a tank. It?s getting filled with foam just to make sure is keeps its shape.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
789 Posts
Oh no, this is probably the worst rust I?ve ever seen inside a tank. It?s getting filled with foam just to make sure is keeps its shape.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Cool.However we have a trick over if you ever need it for removing internal Tank rust or any rust,

https://www.amazon.com/Harpic-Powerplus-Original-500-ml/dp/B00NWFVJ8W/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1529409872&sr=8-2-fkmr1&keywords=harpic+max10


http://forums.sv650.org/showthread.php?t=225176&highlight=harpic&page=4
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
155 Posts
Discussion Starter #16

·
Registered
Joined
·
155 Posts
Discussion Starter #17
I’ve thought about grafting on something like this but I not sure. I have an acquaintance through work that makes them for the teams in Moto America. One thing more fuel volume. Two more rider support under braking and turning. I’m still on the fence of doing it. And if you do have one of the bikes they make them for totally get one. The work is top notch.



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
155 Posts
Discussion Starter #19
Starting messing with the tank again. Got really busy with work and didn’t feel like doing composite work after doing it all day. Got the tooling coat sprayed on it yesterday. Turned out pretty good. I’ll start fitting the returns for the bolting flanges next week.



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
29 Posts
Going to be interesting to see how you devise your moulds so you have adequate 'draw' on all sections. Not easy, but quite possible of course.
 
1 - 20 of 37 Posts
Top