Honda CB 550: Clean Tank with Toilet Bowl Cleaner

This is what I started with...

The new rack of carbs for my Honda CB 550 K are all set to go, cleaned and assembled with brand new rebuild kits.  The last project to tackle for the fuel delivery system is the tank.  This tank is not the worst I have seen, but it certainly has rust inside, and that should be remedied, before installing a sparkling rack of carbs.  No sense in clogging the jets with rust particles, after the time, frustration and misery it took to rebuild the carbs. Read More …

Honda CB 550: Clean Tank with Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Part 2

Crazy? I know!

Well, I could have continued to sand and buff the Honda CB550 tank, but I wanted to get on to the really important part, removing the rust from the inside.  Months ago, when I knew that I would be attempting this fix, I had acquired all the pieces of the puzzle, including: The Works toilet bowl cleaner, baking soda, some spare containers to drain the rusty gas, and a plug for sealing the tank when I removed the petcock.  They had been sitting neatly in a box, awaiting the day I would finally get off my ass and fix this tank. Read More …

Honda CB 550: Complete Carb Rebuild Part 3

Carbs in the vice...

So, here it is folks.  The last installment in this saga.  I’m ready to consider the carbs on the Honda CB 550 done!  I got all the o-rings and gaskets in place, and the carbs were finally assembled.  But I figured, why not try to make them look nice too.  Not that these things are ever going to be sexy (if you find carbs sexy, that is a matter for a professional therapist), but I can get them looking clean and polished.  The soda blasting had taken care of the bodies quite well, but I knew that the aluminum  caps and the float bowls could be polished to a chrome-like shine. Read More …

Honda CB 550: Complete Carb Rebuild Part 2

Tasty Organization

More cleaning of the carbs on the Honda CB 550…  After removing the carbs from the rack holder, I took apart all the small pieces, removed the rubber o-rings and any damageable parts, and put each part in a small humus container, labeled with the number of the corresponding carb.  As I took all the pieces apart, I realized that I had some missing parts, and that this rack was in rougher condition than I thought. Read More …

Honda CB 550: Complete Carb Rebuild Part 1

My first workbench…

The very first thing I did when I got my Honda CB 550 was pull the carbs off, and clean them.  Everything I had read led me to believe that there is no way to diagnose your bike, or any potential problems with it, unless the carbs are in a good place.  The cost of having a mechanic do this for you is astronomical.  And since I had planned on doing all repairs myself, I figured i would get right to it.  Read More …