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post #1 of 4 Old 04-01-2015, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Fuel Tank Cleanup (Gunk Removal)

I left my bike (2002 919) sit for a few years in my garage. The fuel was treated with Sea Foam, but it had ethanol in it. This week I decided I need to check the bike and noticed the fuel looked bad, so I drained the whole tank.
The tank has a lot of gunk in it, so I was wondering if any of you guys have cleaned up a tank before, and if you did, what did you use and how did you do it? Was the fuel pump removed?

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remove the pump, use some simple green and rinse with water. Dry.

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Sea Foam is not really the best for long term storage - it will eat rubber components and break them down. So it may have actually damaged your fuel pump.

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I'd start with draining and removing the tank and sloshing some fresh fuel in it. Highly unlikely that Seafoam harmed any components although storing with ethanol fuel increases the evaporation rate. For short term winter storage, best to store with a full tank of non-ethanol fuel, if you have it available.

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