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Old 11-24-2015, 09:40 PM   #1
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Goldwing Carbs. need advice

bought me a new ride.. 1984 Goldwing 1200.. 32000 miles. barely would start. took all the jets out and cleaned them.. they were all plugged solid. been sitting awhile.

now bike starts and idles really good.. but it pops and backfires transion from low rpm to high rpm without and problems.. any advice.. maybe the 4 carbs need to be sync..

any gold wing mechanics here.. thanks in advance..
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Old 11-24-2015, 10:54 PM   #2
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most likely you still have partial blockage on some of the smaller carb body passages. Sometimes it takes many cleanings to get it all clear and even disassembly of the individual bodys, for soaking. Don't hesitate to use an entire can of carb cleaner on each carb body.
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I think there is still in them too. I soaked mine that did that in Barryman chem tool and cleaned them. Might as well rebuild them and clean them right to get your new ride in proper condition
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Did you change the needle position?
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Not sure on the goldwing but does it have the fuel/air fixture adjustment screw
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Take this with a grain of salt.....because it's been a few years.....and I don't remember the exact "symptoms" the bike was having, but my FIL had a 96 with what I thought was gummed up carbs. He also had issue with backfire occasionally. I had Wil Kitchens (now IDB Racing...and no longer working on bikes) go through them thoroughly. I recall mildly dirty carbs, but the butterflies weregetting stuck and this was the main culprit. He polished them, or PB blasted or something similar, and they no longer would stick. Bike ran wonderful after that. Something to consider?
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Take this with a grain of salt.....because it's been a few years.....and I don't remember the exact "symptoms" the bike was having, but my FIL had a 96 with what I thought was gummed up carbs. He also had issue with backfire occasionally. I had Wil Kitchens (now IDB Racing...and no longer working on bikes) go through them thoroughly. I recall mildly dirty carbs, but the butterflies weregetting stuck and this was the main culprit. He polished them, or PB blasted or something similar, and they no longer would stick. Bike ran wonderful after that. Something to consider?
Had similar issues and it turned out there was significant debris build up inside the port where the throttle body rod went through. Had to completely remove the butterfly rod and use a copper rifle bore cleaning brush to get that junk loose. If you decide to do this, you might as well completely rebuild the carbs

Btw, looks really comfy! How much did pick it up for?
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Thanks guys for the information. Bike hasn't ran for awhile. The longer it runs the better it gets. I got to get it inspected and registered and tags. Then I am going to put some road miles on it. Runs really good with the choke on just a tad.
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Thanks guys for the information. Bike hasn't ran for awhile. The longer it runs the better it gets. I got to get it inspected and registered and tags. Then I am going to put some road miles on it. Runs really good with the choke on just a tad.
That's a good indication the carbs need more cleaning. Running some stuff thru them and riding it may clear it up enough to be acceptable but a good cleaning, followed by a sync will likely be in your future.
Just a thought but I've read that pine based cleaners like pine sol, can do a good job but may take longer. The best part is they don't damage anything and you can pour them down the drain. No toxic stuff to dispose of.
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