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    Hello there.

    Quick question for anyone who has any input!



    To get the original TW decal off of my gas tank for new paint I needed to sand blast it. Boy did I sure need to sand blast it. It took 20 minutes per side to get threw whatever the heck that was painted on with.



    Due to the fact it was in a sand blasting booth some sand did end up getting into the tank.

    I rinsed the tank with water and attempted to drain as much of the sand as I could. If I look into the tank I can still see bits of sand that is nearly impossible to get out. The little gas intake filter is a very very tight mesh. I doubt any sand would acutally get sucked into the input. But I wanted to see if anyone else has done anything like this before I try and ruin somthing. I'm pretty sure things will be fine I just wanted to found out cuz I'm not in a rush to ruin somthing.



    Thanks!

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    Have you tried using a hair dryer in the tank to dry any lurking water spots (if it is not already completely dry) and then utilizing compressed air with the tank held upside down to funnel the sand out?
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    It's been in the baking sun for a few days and each night I bring it in so dew can't get inside. It is bone dry now. Air compressor might work well. That is a good idea. Turning it upside down will help forsure. But there is a huge lip that goes into the tank so there is a good chance that it will not get all the sand out. I will attept this. Thanks CS194.



    The question still stands though.

    Is the filter good enough to keep sand out? I'm sure it would have to be but I just don't like to take chances.

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    I'd try to vacum the sand out using a long narrow snout on your shop vac. Trying to blow or bounce the sand out would be an awfully tedious process. Ideally the sand will be heavy enough to stay on the bottom most of the time when you are not airborn so unless you have a lot, I'd vacum and ride. I always carry an extra filter, and if I see rust flakes in the filter, I change it. Never have had a clog jet. Knock on wood. Oh and make sure your screens are in place on your petcock main and reserve outlets. Tom
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    Great idea on the shop vac. I'll do that asap.



    Well my screens are intact and clear.

    But I don't acutally think I have a filter? It just goes from the tank directly to the carb. I thought the screen was the filter...

    Yikes.. I guess I should install one?

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    If you have a virgin tank, you probably don't need a fuel filter, but it sounds like you have a prospective source of contamination. Go to you local shop and buy a little triangular fuel filter (pay attention to which way the fuel is supposed to flow) and cut it into your fuel line. Even the straight line filter will work but if you can find the right angle one, it will be an easier install. I carry one on the bike in case it stops in the field (never happened yet). I'd vacum carefully and avoid the potential of sand in the fuel system. Tom
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    I'll get a fuel filter right away.

    Thanks a ton!

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    Does anyone have any suggestions on a good fuel filter? Online store?

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    Excellent. Thank you. I'll order a handful at that price.

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