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Old 07-12-2007, 11:18 PM   #1
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gonna do my first carb job this weekend.

so this gs i got sat up for a long time, after being ridden hard, wore out, and put up wet...

i put on new tires, brakes, plugs, and some other stuff.

got a fresh battery on, and after some electrical gremlins got taken care of it still wouldnt start. i pulled the tank and air filter and fogged the airbox with carb cleaner, and got it to start and run for a few seconds, then minutes...COOL!

i even got her to run long enough to make a lap around the parking lot, but it wouldnt go over like 4k and would hardly go...after a few minutes it died and wont start without carb cleaner sprayed in the box.

looks like time to clean the carbs wheeeeee!!!! never done it before, but im very confident i can do it. being a parts guy i know what everything is, and more or less what its supposed to do. i dont think ill have to do too much tuning (yea right, huh? lol) just clean the jets and valve, etc. put it back together. i dunno. we will see how i do come sunday or monday ish.

wish me the best. im actually excited about giving it a go. does that make me some kind of mechanical nerd?

if i can stomp that out, my next attempt is going to be doing my own valve adjustment !!! eazy peazy i say!

if i can do all of that, and the bike doesnt blow up underneath me, i think im gonna start investing in a cabinet and tools, and see if i can score a job as an entry level tech, i can allready do clutches, and some other simple stuff. i still have alot to learn though.
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:26 PM   #2
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sounds like fun....I enjoy workin on carbs...brings me back to the good old days with the first R1's and Srads when I first started getting into bikes...
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:30 PM   #3
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its really simple. me and a friend did a carb job on my bike. took about 45mins total. runs like a champ now. good luck
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:31 PM   #4
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there may be parts that need replacing, dont put dry rotten float needles back in(shake floats to make sure they are not "sunk"), if it has diaphams they may need replace. get some thin piano wire to clean jet holes and so forth. you'll need a carb tuning sync tool.
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:42 PM   #5
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you'll need a carb tuning sync tool.
Not if you leave all the linkages alone and just drop the bowels and clean the jets. But as soon as you turn any of those syn screws...Call me up..Ill rent out my Motionpro sync tool for a 6 pack..., I should have the correct vac fittings for that bike
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dont touch the mixture screw if you can help it.
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Old 07-13-2007, 12:04 AM   #7
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seriously its easy ive been cleanin carbs since i was 12
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Old 07-13-2007, 12:21 AM   #8
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not to argue with yall gurus or anything, but if a bike has been sitting for an extended period of time(like his) the fuel does somthing comonly refered to as "varnishing", you would be an idiot not to remove all screws and clean each and every passage way, imo. So do it right, not half , get the sync tool.

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somtimes I count the turns on the air screws when I remove them(turn clockwise until they stop, counting every rotaion), helps with tuning on re-installation.
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ya, id like to clean everything, and sync it afterwards. without a sync i imagine it would run ok, but not ideal. last person to sync it may have been 5, 10 years ago, im sure its out of adj. by now. plus if it was adjusted without a carb clean, and then you clean it, i dont think it would be right...

slowkat, name your poison sir. im gonna just try to get it running first but i may hit you up for a "rental" in the near future.
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Josh is correct, clean ALL of the passages, don't forget the air jet passages as well. I'd recommend setting the fuel screws on that bike 1.5 to 2 turns out from lightly seated.

FWIW, while you're in there I'd check / adjust the valves. Being an older air cooled engine, they're probably on the tight side.
Synch the carbs at the end.

If you adjust the valves after you synch the carbs, they will may to be re-synched because the vacuum on the cylinders can change.
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