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Old 08-29-2011, 11:36 AM   #21
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Good bike. I had a 93 electric start. 600 is a good price. Carb issues and petcock issue are easy to diagnose and fix. Dying after 5 - 10 miles sounds more like an electronic overheating issue...trigger, CDI, coil...harder to diagnose and more expensive. But for $600 you can throw another $400 and still have a good deal.

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Old 08-29-2011, 11:39 AM   #22
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why does it shut off?
i'm thinking the main fuel line might be clogged. the reserve line flowed gas when we unplugged the reserve and switched it on, but nothing came out of the main gas line when we did the same to the main. ill be getting a bigger gas tank and new lines.
the guy rode to work this morning and is going to meet me in conroe today, riding there. if the dr cant make it to conroe from cut and shoot, i cant justify buying the bike from him.
You got a bad petcock. All fuel should come out main line. Smaller line is a vacuum and should have no gas in it. IN off or on position it should only flow gas when the engine is turning over and creating a vacuum. On prime setting it should flow regardless. If carb is not perfect, using prime will overflow carb into engine, causing hard starts and diluting the oil with gasoline
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You got a bad petcock. All fuel should come out main line. Smaller line is a vacuum and should have no gas in it. IN off or on position it should only flow gas when the engine is turning over and creating a vacuum. On prime setting it should flow regardless. If carb is not perfect, using prime will overflow carb into engine, causing hard starts and diluting the oil with gasoline
haha I was just thinking about what he said regarding 2 different lines and it hit me that one will be fuel and one vacuum. I replaced the petcock and solved the problem.
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For the purposes of general info I must state that I know nothing about how to work on carbs, aside from spraying Carb cleaner into them... the Dr comes with a clymer manual. I have a feeling that I'm going to be in the garage a lot in the next month.
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:50 AM   #26
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Lol, cool bike, but if I'm buying a bike at $600 that should tell you something about my budget.
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Hey bud. I'm on 1960 and Duncan rd. Close to willowbrook. I'll get it running for cheap!
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for $600 you cant lose, the DRs are great once you get them dialed in, DO yourself a favor and take it to Chad, he will set you straight and his prices cant be beat
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Just got home on the bike and yeah. It needs some work but it feels good. New bars, petcock, brakes, and some general tlc. Hopefully I can get it to start easier with some poking around
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I spent maybe an hour cleaning and inspecting today, flushing the brake fluid out, taking off plastics, etc. Hadn't even touched the engine. I pushed the bike out to the yard and had visions of my wife hating me forever for having a old dirtbike in the yard. I applied the choke and kicked it once. Instant success! yeah! I still need to get a few things before I take it back out to the street but I am super stoked now!
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there's something about a bike that starts on the first kick that makes every day better.

congrats on the bike. if you want to take it into the woods let me know.
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Old 08-30-2011, 12:44 PM   #33
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Good to hear! Let me know if ya want me to do a valve adjustment. That could also help with the starting issue and possible the not wanting to run after it's hot deal.
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We put a new plug in 2 nights ago. How much would a valve adjustment be?
I'll be pretty much tapped after my parts run so it would likely be after next payday.
Just drew firstblood trying to get at a rusted exhaust bolt. There is a small leak at the connection between the header and muffler.
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Front breaks don't do anything right now. I need to get my hands on a proper break bleeder. The front line has air in it I guess. Riding to work tomorrow anyways. The rear break works fine. We'll see.
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dude that's an honor
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