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1996 Honda rebel 250 fuel lines & gas tank

Hi, I'm new to the forum and coming for some advice. A few months ago I bought a 96 cmx250 and I'm loving it. Just now getting to fixing it up and just had to tighten the chain for the first time. Recently I've been having a problem with when in 4th and 5th gear going around 60-70 the bike stutters like it's running out of gas. I believe its the gas tank and fuel lines. I looked in the fuel filter and wow there was dirt and rust in it. The gas tank is VERY rusty. I plan on flushing the lines and somehow cleaning the rusty gas tank. Any advice on methods or how I should go about doing it? Thank you for your response

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"Need a low-cost way to salvage a vintage metal fuel tank with severe interior rust? Take the tank off the bike, and seal off the petcock hole. Pour in a couple of quarts of kerosene. Add a handful of nuts, bolts, and sheet-metal screws, and start shaking. The nuts and bolts knock the rust off from the inside, and the kerosene helps the rust flake loose. Keep shaking until your arms give out. Dump the nut, bolts, and rust out, refill with clean kerosene, rinse the bolts, dump them back in, and repeat over and over until the tank is clean. Rinse with solvent and coat the inside of the tank with a sealant."
Cycle World
I like Caswell or Red Kote gas tank sealers.

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