<HTML>thanks for all the info! since winter is rappidly approching, i decided to side-step the problem by cleaning the carb and installing an inline fuel filter.it was three bucks and has kept me motoring so far.
I am at university, and therefore do not have access to tools, a garage, money...But this winter I will look for a used gas tank, since I plan on doing some "customizing" anyway. if i can't find one though, I will certainly use my new found knowledge.
thanks again, and happy riding.