Using BioD to clean my tank.

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Using BioD to clean my tank.

Postby Halden » Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:34 pm

So my I- mark is close to getting ready. Just need to get my flywheel resurfaced and clean things up a bit. Before I run it i want to clean the tank and lines since it has been sitting for a while. I was wondering if using bioD would make everything squeaky clean. I want to take the tank out and throw about 5 gallons in and slosh it around with some chain or Pea-gravel. Would that clean it up good? Then maybe run a couple tanks of b-100 to clean my lines carrying a bunch of filters... Would I have to worry about my lines hardening in 2 tanks of bio?
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Re: Using BioD to clean my tank.

Postby hjalbert » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:23 pm

In my experience, biodiesel does not harden your lines, it makes them sweat. Meaning if you touch them, black comes off on your hand. I do not think that will happen from two tanks. As far as being a good solution for cleaning your tank, lots of people have experienced clogged filters when they start using b100. I know it is a good solvent. A cheaper solution to carrying around OEM filters would be to install a cheap prefilter before your factory filter, preferably one of the see through ones, so you can actually see the particles in there. It will also help in the future to diagnose airleaks.
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Re: Using BioD to clean my tank.

Postby hjalbert » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:31 pm

Also, I would not use pea gravel. The chain idea sounds fine. Or you could probably buy a replacement tank pretty cheap and replace your rubber lines, for a lot less trouble and a little more money.
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Re: Using BioD to clean my tank.

Postby Halden » Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:36 am

I don't know about how easy it would be to find a tank or how cheap it would be. It's not to hard to clean the tank, I will do the pre filter. You can get those cheap little fram ones for like 2 dollars or something I have thought about seeing if a long-bed pup tank would fit. Then at 40+ MPG I could make long drives and never stop... being young and all. They only hold 6 more gallons...
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Re: Using BioD to clean my tank.

Postby wopup » Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:37 pm

I took a 25gal gas tank in to a shop one time, was on a 73' IH bus that got 7 mpg, varnished bad. they drilled a hole, cleaned and coated the inside, welded a dime over the hole. It was like $65-$85
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Re: Using BioD to clean my tank.

Postby science » Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:33 pm

biodiesel is a good solvent. so it will take off polar and non-polar molecules: paint, surface rust. It will do nothing to scratch off rust so you're pea gravel idea is a good one. However it will dissolve you fuel lines unless their viton or something similar. Nucleus has some awesome biodiesel compatable fuel line that's clear, I'd ask him about it.
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Re: Using BioD to clean my tank.

Postby nucleus » Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:47 pm

Yup, what she said.
Tygothane tubing. Works just as well and less expensive than Viton. I get mine here: http://www.mcmaster.com/#tygothane-tubing/=p0gv48
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