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Old 06-05-2011, 03:21 PM   #1
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Seafoam

Bike has been sitting up for 9 months or so. It will run with choke on but dies at idle with out choke. when I'm driving with with choke ir runs horrible at low speeds.
I understand that the carbs needs to be cleaned. Here is my question... is Seafoam something that will take care of this? I have never delt with this or have not seen it used by anyoine I know.
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Old 06-05-2011, 03:49 PM   #2
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Seafoam may solve the problem. I have used many times, try putting in the maximum recommended amount and running the bike until it is nice and warm then park it overnight and run it again.

If you can get it to run through the jets it might save you having to rebuild the carbs.
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Old 06-05-2011, 04:31 PM   #3
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Old 06-05-2011, 04:46 PM   #4
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Yes seafoam is amazing stuff to prevent needs for carb cleaning, but if it won't run at all without the choke it's too late. And that gas is bad already if it's been that long. The we get for gas nowadays is horrible
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Old 06-05-2011, 04:52 PM   #5
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Try fresh gas?

9months isn't that long (edit: IMO ), but can't hurt.
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Old 06-05-2011, 05:12 PM   #6
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my sv sat since my wreck in 09 with same tank of fuel not running for a long while did same thing but seafoam worked
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:24 PM   #7
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i seafoam my 08 once a year with the recommended ratio of fuel/seafoam in the tank for precaution purposes.
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Seafoam is good, but likely won't solve the problem. Time to pull carb and clean it.
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:28 AM   #9
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I ran it for about 20 minutes yesterday. It has improved a bit but not 100%. They say to let it sit overnight and run it some more the next day. I'm going to run a tank full to see what happens before I tear into the carbs. I'm sure it's time to pull the carbs, I just didn't want to if I didn't have to.

I'll update at the end of the wee if it made a difference.

the recommended was 1oz per gallon.Is that what your guys were using?
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:40 AM   #10
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The recommended was 1oz per gallon.Is that what your guys were using?
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Per another bike model specific forum I put half a bottle in my 5 gallon tank, not sure how many oz the bottle is.

That's not for cleaning carbs (or FI for me) as drastically as you may need. I don' know what would go wrong if you put too much SeaFoam in the tank though...
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:47 AM   #11
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the recommended was 1oz per gallon.Is that what your guys were using?
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The bottle says 1 pint (16oz) treats 8-25 gallons of gas. Assuming you have about 4 gallons or more in your tank half a bottle would be fine. 16oz in 8 gallons is 2oz per gallon.
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I left my tank at empty ran with a 50/50 ratio for 10 mins let it overnight next day filled tank and ran 30 mins fouled the plugs out... changed plugs and now she runs like new
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Seafoam also makes a product called "deep creep". I use it as a lubricant, but it also works as an intake/ carb cleaner. It's also in a spray can, so it's easy to use. Other than trying that......................... Time to pull the carb.
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didnt have time to run it much today. just a few minutes. I have the choke on but it is idleing at normal RPM's I went ahead an went with 2oz per gallon.
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Old 06-26-2011, 05:05 PM   #18
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well the Seafoam did help but dik NOT fix the problem. I finally had time to pull the carbs and clean them. idles fine now. I just need to ride it.
Thanks for all the help...
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