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Old 11-03-2013, 07:16 PM   #1
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Not really sure where to drop this, so here 'tis. It's an '05 Yamaha Vstar, and my boy has an oil leak and something funky up with the fuel line/carbs. I want to get him fixed, but I also want to learn how to do it myself. Increase my savvy, as it were. The leak is old news and I've just been checking and topping it. The other it that he idles, but stalls when the throttle is applied. Started after he sat for about two months. Read it might be something to do with the carbs or floats or something.

I've checked out shops and followed strings through friends and can't seem to find anyone half reliable to help me out. I'm happy to pay for the time and all, it's the teaching others don't seem to want to do.

Anybody around up for it? Or know someone who might be? I'd for sure appreciate it.

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Old 11-03-2013, 07:32 PM   #2
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First person I've seen refer to their bike as a male.
What you need is the shop manual. You need to rebuild carbs. Ethanol in the fuel up when it sits.
Shop manuals can be down loaded and printed for free. It will detail the repairs step by step.
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Old 11-03-2013, 08:27 PM   #3
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Hm, I would think plenty of riders, at least of the female variety, would have male bikes. Of course, ships are always female too. I dunno, but it makes sense for my boy. ;p Slow to get up, takes a little coaxing, doesn't like to leave on cold days, but ready to move once he's out the door. I think he just reminds me a lot of my ex. XD

And yeah, I was looking into the manuals, and found some good resources on dealing with the carbs, assuming that's the problem, which is likely. But I'm still left with the oil leak which I don't know how to pinpoint for starters. Even with the carbs, I'd feel much more confident with someone to stop me before I accidentally make a bomb or something and then try to ride it.
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Old 11-03-2013, 08:33 PM   #4
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That's funny as . Make me a scrambled egg and no coaxing needed from this fella...and yeah...shop manuals :/
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Old 11-03-2013, 08:51 PM   #5
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Add some tobasco to that egg, and I might not need coaxing either. ;p

With the way the weather is, I'll probably see about tackling the carbs myself tomorrow. It'd be a sin not to since I can't exactly ride while he's got an upset tummy. Perhaps I'd akin it to constipation. ;p

I'm still concerned about the leak though.
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:55 PM   #6
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Don't listen to these hats.....pm me and I will give u ex member 1fastmf contact info...he will do it for free plus any parts....he's a really good guy......
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I sure you can easily spot the last person you should pay attention to around here. Attention whores are only good for one thing and its short lived.
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Sounds like the carbs need to be cleaned.
As far as the oil leak, V Stars typically leak at 3 places: the valve inspection covers, the CCT covers or the oil filter cover o-ring.
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:22 PM   #13
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Sounds like the carbs need to be cleaned.
As far as the oil leak, V Stars typically leak at 3 places: the valve inspection covers, the CCT covers or the oil filter cover o-ring.
Definitely good to know. And I know I could just take it somewhere to get stuff done, I'd just really like to be more independent about it in the future. I've messed around under the hood of a car, but being stranded seems like the least of my worries if I did something wrong on my bike without a more knowledgeable brain helping me out.
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If I was closer I'd be happy to help. However, if you're even a little bit mechanically inclined, and can follow instructions (shop manuals and other resources, like youtube videos), the carb stuff shouldn't be too hard. The oil leak I'm afraid I can't help with (past pointing you to Patrick), as I've never had a v-star myself and as such have no experience with their quirks.
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:02 PM   #15
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If I was closer I'd be happy to help. However, if you're even a little bit mechanically inclined, and can follow instructions (shop manuals and other resources, like youtube videos), the carb stuff shouldn't be too hard. The oil leak I'm afraid I can't help with (past pointing you to Patrick), as I've never had a v-star myself and as such have no experience with their quirks.
Much appreciated none the less. ^..^ Hopefully I'll hear from Pink soon and be able to get all of him sorted out without having to sell an organ.
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If you want to meet a cool group of people (many of whom are knowledgable and generally like helping out other riders), check out the Thursday night bike night at Shepherd Park Draught House. It's not too far from what you listed as your location, just north of 610N at 34th & Shepherd.
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If you want to meet a cool group of people (many of whom are knowledgable and generally like helping out other riders), check out the Thursday night bike night at Shepherd Park Draught House. It's not too far from what you listed as your location, just north of 610N at 34th & Shepherd.
Sounds like a good idea, and not far at all. I shall have to gear myself up to overcoming my shyness and attempt attendance. ^..^
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