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Old 07-05-2008, 05:57 PM   #41
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Always best to get the right hole the first time...
i guess I had that comming
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:04 AM   #42
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so, can you help point me to the "right holes"? Also, do I need any new gaskets before I start this or are they reusable like certain cars have? I don't want to try it without having the stuff I need to get it back together.

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Old 07-06-2008, 11:10 AM   #43
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Gaskets are reusable o-ring style. If you follow this link to the Ninjette board there is a step by step with pics...

http://faq.ninja250.org/wiki/Cleaning_the_carbs_1
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Does that help any Blue?
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I'm sure it will. I didn't have a chance to mess with it today. Now that I'm home, I'm actually going to start it up and see if the seafoam helped any. If not, I will definitely be farting with it more this coming weekend.

Thanks again. I'll update as necessary.
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Well, back on this... I'm in the process of cleaning the carb. One set of instructions says to remove the mixture screws. Nothing in this thread mentioned that I needed to do that and I'm worried about getting the mixture set right when I reassemble/reinstall.

Any tips/hints/advice?

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Slowly screw them in until they barely bottom out (do not tighten them AT ALL, just until they barely bottom). While you do this count carefully how many turns it took.

Then when you go back together screw them in all the way again, and then back them out the same number of turns and you'll be good.

Remember, do not tighten them, there is a little needle on the end that, if it gets cinched down in the orifice it can snap off and leave the orifice plugged.
That's a problem, you'll be OK if you are gentle, as soon as it stops then back it out and continue cleaning.
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Update, it runs like a champ. I followed the instructions on the ninja250.org site and the thing started right up and immediately idles without choke. I set the idle to 1300-1500 and it purrs like a kitten and runs great.

Thanks for the help and advice everyone. It was a little intimidating since it was my first time diving into a bike this far, but , I could do it again in half the time next time.

My wife is happy as that she can ride again now. Maybe I'll get lucky tonight,
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Update, it runs like a champ. I followed the instructions on the ninja250.org site and the thing started right up and immediately idles without choke. I set the idle to 1300-1500 and it purrs like a kitten and runs great.

Thanks for the help and advice everyone. It was a little intimidating since it was my first time diving into a bike this far, but , I could do it again in half the time next time.

My wife is happy as that she can ride again now. Maybe I'll get lucky tonight,

congrats... not that bad huh.
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I would recommend signing up for Patrick's Mainenance Class that is held once a month... You are trusting your life to this machine between ur legs; its good to know what to look for and the maintenance required to keep it running... Just a friendly suggestion.
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I've taken the class. He even used my bike as the sample. (it was in great shape too he said).

It's not that I don't know how to do routine maintenance and stuff, I've just never dealt with carbs. My bike is FI and my cars have always been FI. I've built cars from the ground up but have never dealt with dinosaurs like carbs, lol.

Thanks for the advice though. I think anyone who hasn't been to Patrick's maintenance class SHOULD do it. It's awesome IMO.
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Blue I would recommend starting your wifes bike and takin a ride at least twice a week to move gas thru the carb so that problem doesn't happen DO NOT I repeat DO NOT let it sit for 3 months, if you can't find time to ride the bike put Sta-bil in the gas before you put it up and run it for about 15 min to get the sta-bil in the carb
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I have the exact same problem with my new 250. sat without riding for about a month and engine won't start without choke. i even choked it, then turned it off to ride it around but engine would jsut cut off as i broke. I got my seafoam from o'reilly's, it worked before but i had to ride around with the choke on....kinda don't want to do that if i don't have to but...i just might.
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Blue I would recommend starting your wifes bike and takin a ride at least twice a week to move gas thru the carb so that problem doesn't happen DO NOT I repeat DO NOT let it sit for 3 months, if you can't find time to ride the bike put Sta-bil in the gas before you put it up and run it for about 15 min to get the sta-bil in the carb

thats teh best advice you can get for a bike that is not being ridden! i see small (under 500cc) bikes and LOTS of ATV's come in all the time with clogged jets due to them being left sitting. if people would ride the bike often or at least start it it would not be much of an issue!
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If I don't have a problem, You think it would be a good idea that i run a can of seafoam this weekend just to remove or loosen some of that junk up?
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yup...just had to get my carbs cleaned to fix a similar problem with my 250. I'm thinking i left the fuel valve on the "on" position while the 250 sat for a couple of weeks unridden. Seafoam worked the first time this happened, it did not this time. I guess if you know that you might not ride the 250 for a while, turn the fuel valve off.
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it's never a bad idea to drain the carb bowls if you know it's gonna sit for awhile...
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I had the same issue with my wifes 250 after it sat only 2 weeks. Took off the carbs and cleaned the jets and it ran fine. The new gas is mang.
wrd. and as small as those 250 jets are, they gum up quick.
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