'86 Rebel 450 restoration
I've owned this bike since the early '90's. Unfortunately, I let it sit in my garage unattended for two decades. I'm now retired and want to restore the bike to the extent possible. Less than 8000 original miles. I have a couple of questions now with many more to follow, I'm sure.
1. Can the in-tank fuel strainer/filter be acquired without replacing the entire petcock? My petcock operates fine, but the filter needs to be replaced.
2. Any recommendations for removing the patina developed on the metal casings would be appreciated. Elbow grease, I know... but are there solvents & techniques that would assist?
3. Has anyone used Jack's for the carb cleaning process? Does a rebuild come with this procedure? Can I accomplish this myself? Tips would be appreciated!
4. What engine oil is generally preferred? Is there a separate fluid for the tranny? I have brake fluid. Is there an oil filter to change? Where to source, if so, please?
I have ordered an owner's manual and service manual from eBay, but they haven't arrived yet. I'm sure these will be extremely valuable in this process.
I did get two new keys made from the gas cap code. I wanted original "Rebel" keys, but couldn't locate. The new keys operate all of the bike locks.
Thanks for your input and assistance! Looking forward to this project (at this point)... and will enjoy interaction with the forum folks!