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Old 06-21-2008, 03:29 PM   #1
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cleaning carbs..

how hard is it to clean the carbs of your bike... i dont know to much about anything soo...i know basic mechanics so is it easier and cheaper to do myself or should i just get someone else to do it? like i said i have no idea.
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i dont know to much about anything soo...
Don't be so hard on yourself!

I've never done it on a street bike so I can't be that much help. Dirt bikes and 4 wheelers are very easy once you get the carbs off, but I'll let someone more knowledgable discuss the difficulty of street bike carbs.
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What bike? How many carbs? What trouble are you having that you want to resolve by cleaning the carbs?
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like stated above, depends on what bike its ont, you have to know what to take apart and what cant get carb clean on it, and what needs to be cleaned/replaced. other than that its fairly simple, and also to do it correctly you need to resynch the carbs after.


what you need to do basic carb clean:
1-2 cans b12 carb clean
new o rings
extremly thin wire to run through the jets if there really bad
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synch gauges(or bring to Motorcycles Unlimited after for a carb sych)
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Old 06-21-2008, 05:46 PM   #5
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Cleaning carbs is an art. It seems easy until you have a brush in your hand and then you realize you can't do it.

Take them to Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited and save yourself some grief. You will wind up thinking you have them clean, put it all back together and then it still won't run right.
I used to be a service mgr at a Yamaha shop, so I am NOT making this up. Seen it a hundred times.
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Lemme just say that, most techs at m/c shops don't do this properly.

Yea, you can easily get the bike to start and run, but getting it perfect?

So I doubt you are going to learn it on the net.

Plus, you pretty much have to have hands on training to learn how to do it right.

I love the net., it keeps me in business fixing F-ups. lol
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+1 I tried cleaning at home and not only was it a pain in the , my track bike still has some hesitation on the low end. I would gladly pay for someone to do carb work.
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what kind of bike??buy a rebiuld kit, or soak jets, bowl,etc in b-12 chemtool...if jets are plugged bad use some guitar string and run it threw them(it works wonders))
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what kind of bike??buy a rebiuld kit, or soak jets, bowl,etc in b-12 chemtool...if jets are plugged bad use some guitar string and run it threw them(it works wonders))
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everyone is giving you great advise, it is a art in a way, if you do mess it up and then bring to Motorcycles Unlimited it will be more of a headache for them so if you want it simple just bring it to them the first time and have no worries of having to waste your time!!!
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OK OK

I do it myself but i am a mech , i grew up working on cars and such, but it you have not done it and dont know hat to do or what to lookfor as to why your carb may be messed up i would take it to Motorcycles Unlimited,

as far as the wire to clean the jetts, go to a welding shop and get a set of tip cleaners , they are made to clean the little holes on the tipps of welding or cutting torches!

You have float adjustments and the getting them synced! ex cleaning no problem , retuening and syncing , a little more complex and yes you need some special tools!
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what kind of bike??buy a rebiuld kit, or soak jets, bowl,etc in b-12 chemtool...if jets are plugged bad use some guitar string and run it threw them(it works wonders))
See what I mean.... lol

It'll run, yep.
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carbs ? what are carbs ?????
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if you don't know what your doing, stay out of them. typically costs more money for a mech to come behind you and fix your eff ups than it does to pay them to do it from the beginning. Plus if you have multiple carbs they will need to be synced and floats adjusted blah,blah,blah...

So just have a PROFESSIONAL take care of it the first time and you won't have to worry about the after effects of a bad carb job.
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i know what carbs are keith i just hate them... and try not to ride a bike with em. that is old news. bring on the FI bikes
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Several people have advised running wires thru the jets. You should be VERY careful if you do this.
The jets are made of brass (very soft) and they are precision made to be an exact size. If you accidently enlarge them, even a little, and it will not run right until you replace them.
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