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post #1 of 14 Old 10-16-2019, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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New to me 450

Hi all,
My first post here. I recently acquired a 450 Rebel that hasn't run in quite some time. I was going to put it up for sale as is but I've been considering getting it running first. It doesn't seem to be missing much except the tank, handlebars and rear seat.

I am an aircraft mechanic and motorcyclist so I'm fairly confident that I can get it running. My first bike was a Rebel but a 250.

I'll be looking for advice on where to get parts and any expert tips from you guys who have more experience with the 450.
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-16-2019, 07:14 PM
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Welcome.

Tanks for the 450 are like chicken teeth. Try Jacks Rebel Warehouse for parts, both new and used. He doesn't post used parts on the website, so you'll need to call or email him.

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

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post #3 of 14 Old 10-17-2019, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, I'd heard that 450 tanks are hard to come by. I believe I saw a member on this forum selling brackets to make a 250 tank work though?
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post #4 of 14 Old 10-17-2019, 05:22 PM
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Look here: https://www.hondarebelforum.com/f68/...0-a-71409.html

Member OldSchool hasn't visited the site in a while. Would be pretty easy to make them. I recommend sealing those oversize Chinese tanks with Caswell Epoxy tank sealer before putting gas in it. They eventually start leaking along the seams if you don't. https://www.caswellplating.com/epoxy...-to-5-gal.html

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

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post #5 of 14 Old 10-19-2019, 09:33 AM
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post #6 of 14 Old 10-21-2019, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Look here: https://www.hondarebelforum.com/f68/...0-a-71409.html

Member OldSchool hasn't visited the site in a while. Would be pretty easy to make them. I recommend sealing those oversize Chinese tanks with Caswell Epoxy tank sealer before putting gas in it. They eventually start leaking along the seams if you don't. https://www.caswellplating.com/epoxy...-to-5-gal.html
Thanks. I've used Caswell before with good success. I didn't know the Chinese tanks develop leaks so that's some good info. I may take a go at making adapter plates for one or try to some some other generic type of tank that could work.

Is the 450 backbone as large as the 250? Some of the generic chopper tanks don't have a very wide tunnel and makes them hard to used on a bike with a large diameter backbone.
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post #7 of 14 Old 10-21-2019, 02:50 PM
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Not all the Chinese tanks leak, but a high percentage do. If the tank is lined before fuel is ever put in it, it saves prep work.

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

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post #8 of 14 Old 10-22-2019, 01:33 PM
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I work on 450's.
I'll help you anyway I can if you get into rebuilding your 450.
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This might work with the 450?
https://www.amazon.com/XFMT-Gallons-...dp/B01AKZDYAM/


or


https://tinyurl.com/yyda52kz

Appears to be missing the washers.
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post #10 of 14 Old 10-23-2019, 12:20 AM
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Here's the same (Chinese) tank for a little less: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycle-...EAAOSwKAFdkgFj

It would work with the right brackets, and yes doesn't appear to have the front or rear washers.

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

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