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    Rebuild after Theft (The T-Dub Recovery Report)

    Hello folks,

    It was suggested that I start a thread dedicated to the rebuild of my '93 T-Dub that was recently recovered. So lets start with a short story...
    This is my bike, and this thread is the T-Dub Recovery Report
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    A little less than 3 years ago, my daily driver and only running vehicle was stolen. At the time I was living in an apartment with a gated parking area. Didn't stop anybody as you can see. I filed a police report with Phoenix PD and kept an eye on the internet and around town in the off chance I would see it some day. As time went on I came to the conclusion that the bike was gone, stripped, out of the state, or completely destroyed. So I quit actively looking but always kept an eye out anyway. The bike was eventually replaced with a Honda Shadow so that I could still get around and get to work.
    Last month, so late December of 2017, I happened to be looking online for a bike and found my T-Dub. No idea how it happened, but I saw the ad 9 minutes after it was posted. Needless to say I made contact.
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    I called a buddy of mine with a truck and left work early to meet up with the person who posted the ad. We prepared ourselves for the worst and had already contacted the Glendale police to meet us there (The house was inside Glendale boarder). The police dispatch requested that we wait for police escort before meeting up with the person that had the bike. So we waited about 20 minutes and saw two cruisers casually drive past us. Got a little antsy and frustrated at this and made the call to head in.
    We arrived at the seller's house and to my shock we were greeted with a respectable looking kid. First glance and I thought he may still be in high school even. We talked for a bit and I came to the conclusion that this is not the person who took the bike. We had a lot of questions for each other regarding the situation surrounding the bike. His sister and grandmother came out and had their own questions. I had to prove the bike was mine and was able to do so by the various identifying marks. Once they were in agreement that the bike was indeed mine, we continued to have a great conversation about how they came to rent the house and everything that had happened to them in the past year since they signed the lease. Turns out that they agreed to do a lot of the cleanup as the previous tenants were evicted. I'll tell you, it is no small undertaking to clean up a drug house. I gained a lot of respect for that household for all they have gone through and all they are doing.
    We sat and conversed for about 2 hours before my phone rang. Two and a half hours from the time I called the police to the time they responded is bad. With that response time, I'm very glad it did not turn into a life-threatening situation.
    A couple minutes later the officer showed up and we explained the situation to him. The bike was removed from the stolen vehicle list, but the plate was left on as it was no longer with the bike. We loaded the bike into the truck, had a few hugs, and took off to begin the long road to T-Dub Recovery.

    First of all, I want to say Thank you to all of you who have helped me out with parts and advice so far. And a special thanks to CJ7Pilot for supplying me with a few parts already. (Still owe you the brews, just haven't got a chance to ship yet)

    Here is the bike when I finally got it back. Amazingly, everything is still there, but worse for wear with the exception of my right rear blinker. It was broken off.
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    It has lots of gummed up grease or something around the engine and front end. Looks like the tires have been well abused, and the only control that still works is the rear brake. The crankcase is dry, but that is no surprise to me, she had a leak. Due to this, I didn't kick the bike, but I did test the kick start to see if the motor was frozen... Amazingly enough, there was that smooth easy Yamaha movement that I know so well. So the T-Dub Recovery begins. The Mrs and me have decided to turn this into a couples project. When complete, she will learn how to ride on this bike.

    We took her out and cleaned her up. Then started taking apart the cosmetics to get better access to the motor.
    Hey look! Little tool is still there!!!
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    Air Filter is trashed, feels like dry rot. Anybody know if there is room for a miniature pod filter between the carb and the air box? Really don't want to have to make a new battery tray.
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    Got the plastics, seat, and tank off. Dirt and gunk everywhere!
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    We even made a new friend
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    The gas tank was easy enough to open as the thief drilled the locks and ignition. Looking inside, my heart sank.
    Point37 provided me with a link to a possible solution. https://www.por15.com/POR-15-Motorcy...it-_p_106.html
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    With all the plastics off I decided to do a little more cleaning. So we got her cleaned up best we could. Looks a lot better than when we first started, there is actually a bike under all that dirt!
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    Congratulations on being reunited with your bike – may the arsehole who stole it nuts wither – no time for bike thieves, they deserve to be treated with utter contempt

    Other than the tank, looks “recoverable” – kudos for taking it on ……
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    Moving forward with the project, we pulled the carb.
    Attachment 151706 Attachment 151714

    OH!! THE GAS VARNISH!!! Any tricks for getting this cleaned up would be awesome
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    Started taking the carb apart. The internals don't look bad to me, but nothing moves. It's glued at this point.
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    Some digging on the internet discovered that such random things like Pinesol and Oxyclean can help remove a lot of the crud in a carb without the need for an expensive dip. So why not??
    We have made our Pinesol solution and threw it on the stove for a while. It has been left to soak over night.
    Attachment 151762

    Yesterday we took a look at the progress. Should have got a picture but missed the opportunity. The Pinesol solution was pretty dark and needed a refresh. Oddly enough, the carb was a lot cleaner and no longer glued, the plunger and other internals could move freely.
    The fuel varnish has gone from a solid mass to a thick, tacky consistency that could be wiped away. So we got some of it wiped away, refreshed the solution, and back on the stove it went. Will let it soak for a couple days now before wiping down and possibly trying the Oxyclean next.

    We will keep you updated as we make slow progress. Feel free to chime in with anything you wish to share. Any and all help and knowledge is greatly appreciated.

    Anybody know why this post is showing Attachment links and not the pictures? Still trying to figure out how these forums work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple View Post
    Congratulations on being reunited with your bike – may the arsehole who stole it nuts wither – no time for bike thieves, they deserve to be treated with utter contempt

    Other than the tank, looks “recoverable” – kudos for taking it on ……
    Thanks Purple,
    Most of the tank appears to be fuel varnish over some surface rust. Going to try some "poor man's" techniques to clean it out before investing in a new tank. Hopefully I can save it and keep the bike as cosmetically original as possible.
    I'll be updating the thread as progress is made.
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    1993 Yamaha TW200 (Recovered after theft, Personal project bike) "T-Dub"
    1985 Honda Sabre V65 (Sold)
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    I have a 1993 TW also. I used Kreem Tank Liner Kit on mine to protect and coat the rust in the tank. I have used it on 2 tanks and it is still on both bikes. I'm glad you got your bike back. I bet you're looking forward to riding it again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    I have a 1993 TW also. I used Kreem Tank Liner Kit on mine to protect and coat the rust in the tank. I have used it on 2 tanks and it is still on both bikes. I'm glad you got your bike back. I bet you're looking forward to riding it again.
    I hear good things about. May have to look into it.
    Really am looking forward to riding it again. Hopefully this rebuild project does not take too long.
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    Use Metal Rescue on the tank. You can get it at Home Depot. I did a few with it. Its reusable so when you are done just pour it back in the jug. Here is a before and after of my 400 Supersport tank






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    Quote Originally Posted by Ebbanflood View Post
    Use Metal Rescue on the tank. You can get it at Home Depot. I did a few with it. Its reusable so when you are done just pour it back in the jug. Here is a before and after of my 400 Supersport tank
    That is an option. Will try the poor man's methods first though. Will be a lot cheaper with that method should I find a hole.
    Thinking to start we'll use what we have on hand. White vinegar, BBs, and neutralize with baking soda. If it works, it is a free fix. If there is a hole, then at least it wasn't discovered the expensive way.
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    2013 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad 1700
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    You'll have fun bringing your TW back to life (and we'll enjoy watching)!

    I was going to say the fuel tank looks too far gone... but after seeing Ebbanflood's photos, maybe not!

    That looks like some pretty good rust treatment. I'll have to get some and try it on a few other things.
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    Also, if you "go advanced" instead of using "quick reply," your photos should work. It's an ongoing glitch in the forum software.
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    Now I must hurry on... for there they go, and I am their leader!

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