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post #1 of 54 Old 12-29-2018, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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I'll introduce myself. My Internet name is Oggy. I love motorcycles but seldom live in a place where premium bikes are available and if you've traveled 200 miles to buy a bike that was sold on your way to buy the bike then you know it's frustrating. So I now buy what's local and I know I can make it work.

This '85 Rebel is a recent purchase after my sweet Yamaha Exciter was stolen. I've owned and rebuilt a Twinstar that was won by the original owner on The Price is Right in 1981. I resurrected a Rebel 450 that was spraying oil out the crank ventilation hose...I rebuilt a Rebel 250...Honda Goldwing...Yamaha Exciter...Yamaha xs750 Triple. My dream bike is the '75 Honda CB500 Twin. Or Cb550..Or the CB750. All '79 and older. But the Rebel will work for local riding.

This CMX has low mileage for an '85 which I expect is because Arizona drivers are required to travel at 75MPH or faster so the Rebel can't keep up and previous owners decided it made no sense to ride. I think the carburetor float needle is stuck because it allegedly overflows. I bought it for $600 with no test ride or even hearing it turn over. The mileage is low and the previous owner seemed honest. He just lost interest and let it sit for a year in the sun so the seat vinyl will probably crack soon. I'll chime in with a question to jog my memory or an answer that might help some other wrenchers.

I'm searching for a luggage rack and a windshield and the forum has given me some good links. Greetings to you all.
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post #2 of 54 Old 12-29-2018, 07:23 PM
 
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Welcome to the forum. I hope you have good luck bringing the Rebel back up to peak performance!

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post #3 of 54 Old 12-29-2018, 07:59 PM
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Welcome to the forum. My 250 tops out at around 75 mph.

Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

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post #4 of 54 Old 12-29-2018, 08:01 PM
 
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Welcome. Nice to see someone besides me likes old bikes. No EFI or ABS for me. I want purely mechanical. I live in AZ, in the Phoenix area. I have owned four Rebels. One was a bought new 1985, two were bought used, a '99 and an '04, and I recently bought a new 2016, because it was my last opportunity to get a new one. I hate the hideous piece of crap they replaced the Rebel with. As far as AZ highways, there are only three interstates in AZ, I-8, I-10, and I-40. I have ridden them all on a Rebel. It easily handles 75 mph roads. Yes, it has to be ridden at full throttle, but it can handle it. I put nearly 30,000 miles of full throttle riding on the '04. Don't underestimate the Rebel 250. It's old technology is built like an anvil. I would probably have a collection of old Japanese bikes, but you just can't find parts for most of them, including the Rebel 450. I did start trying to rebuild an '85 Goldwing LTD that someone gave me (the fuel injected model) Like the Rebel 450, it was a rare bike, and had a lot of unusual parts on it. I spent 2 years and nearly $2000 working on it, and maybe rode it 1500 miles total. I finally gave up and sold it to a guy whom parts out bikes on eBay. Japanese made some wonderful bikes before they started putting computers on them, but the parts problem make most of them worthless. The SOHC Honda 750, and Yamaha SOHC 650 twin have some aftermarket support, that's about it.
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post #5 of 54 Old 12-30-2018, 06:34 PM
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post #6 of 54 Old 12-31-2018, 02:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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thanks for the greetings. I'll share some updates...



Looks like some genius drilled into the bottom of the gas tank and it was so coated with dirt that it didn't leak. Or else rust ate a perfect hole. We'll see if steel putty plugs it. The petcock reserve straw is gone and the straw filter disintegrated. I'm curious if anyone has replaced that reserve straw with a brass tube? Is it 1/4'' or 6mm?? I don't want to buy a whole petcock for just a little brass straw but I do want a reserve reminder.



The carb was dry but only because the fuel had evaporated in the heat over time. Most soft parts are toast. Looks like the slow jet is completely plugged and the fast jet is missing the o ring and tiny washer and spring. The diaphragms look serviceable. The key ignition was installed upside down, sloppy contact, but works, the battery is wrong size, the light switch is sloppy but the bulb works both high and low. The blinkers work but the rear are both broken/dangling aftermarket junk. The engine turns over but I'll check ignition tomorrow.
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post #7 of 54 Old 12-31-2018, 07:33 AM
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This is the only liner I recommend, and will definitely fix the hole as well as line the tank. https://www.caswellplating.com/epoxy...-to-5-gal.html

The brass screen just serves as a filter. I'd install an inline fuel filter, which is recommended even when there's a screen, and forget about the screen. https://www.hondarebelforum.com/f39/...ter-13278.html

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The brass screen just serves as a filter. https://www.hondarebelforum.com/f39/...ter-13278.html
I wonder if we're talking about the same part. The plastic screen that fits up into the tank from the PC is junk and I don't plan on replacing it since I already have inline filter, but the brass straw that fits into the inner hole of the PC is what regulates reserve or regular fuel levels. That straw is missing. The straw then fits inside the plastic filter. Without that brass straw then there is no reserve level reminder since the fuel is all draining from the bottom level in the tank.

The old fuel that came from the tank wasn't rusty but the surface that was above the fuel level is, so I'll clean the inside and see if this patch holds and get the bike running before I line the tank. The engine is still unproven. That Caswell product looks like a good choice.

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Whoops, you're right about the terminology, I was confusing the brass tube with the screen. My apologies.

The good thing about the Caswell epoxy is it adheres better to light rust than a shiny clean tank. If you use it, no need to remove light rust.

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This was the closest ACE hardware had. The opening is 5mm so I needed to sand .5mm off the tube in order to fit it in there. (I'm not 100% sure this is a stock petcock and tank so double check the 'on' orifice diameter if you need to replace your own tank straw.)

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