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Hi all

I purchased my 500 and it's obviously been out in the NYC weather year round with some rust build up. I bought some Permatex rust treatment but wanted to check in with you guys to see if it's okay just to spray it on the rusty parts? I plan on leaving it out as well, might get one of those $300 motorcycle shed/covers.
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There's a product called ACF50 (ACF-50) that is particularly good for treating rust on vehicles like this.

By the way, where's that oil drip coming from? Air filter box?
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You might try using a small wire brush to get in the corners. That rust remover may not work at all on non-steel parts like the engine casing corrosion. Then you can paint the rusty surfaces like the center stand.
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Thanks for your input I will give it a go.

I was checking the air filter for oil blow, that's where the drip came from.
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If you want to save yourself some headaches in the future, remove a few body panels and add silicone grease (dielectric grease) to all the connectors you can find. And to the contacts of all the switches on the handlebars. Especially if you're going to leave it outside, even if it's under a cover.
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Squeazel wrote:
If you want to save yourself some headaches in the future, remove a few body panels and add silicone grease (dielectric grease) to all the connectors you can find. And to the contacts of all the switches on the handlebars. Especially if you're going to leave it outside, even if it's under a cover.
Totally agree with Squeazel. Especially the handlebar switches. These MP3's have the worst switch protection of any motorcycle/scooter that I have ever owned. Or seen for that matter.
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ACF-50 won't treat the rust. When the rusty discolouration has been removed/neutralised then ACF-50 will prevent further reaction for 6 months at a time per application.

It's just surface stuff - ignore. A UK bike kept outside and ridden in winter looks far worse but is still solid.
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Its worth spraying some WD40 then grease on the base of those shock absorbers even if it might look a bit unsightly. The adjustment collars are notorious for seizing up and making it impossible to adjust the spring preload. Personally I hate to see corrosion and usually just spray some grease over it without being too fussy about whether its ACF50 or something similar. Sadly vehicles only look new on the first day you take delivery but should you want to use a degreaser or cleaning product at least the stuff you sprayed on will come off. If components have contact with rubber seals I use rubber grease and for electrical connectors dielectric grease or Vaseline.
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