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post #11 of 23 Old 08-17-2018, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the answer but I'm afraid to touch carbs after some other unsuccessful rebuilding attempts. Are there easy to follow instructions somewhere?
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post #12 of 23 Old 08-17-2018, 03:26 PM
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Yes. Look in the wrenching section of this forum. Lots of info, and folks to help you along the way. And there is this, posted by a member. https://jayshah.smugmug.com/Odds-and...G69P/i-FM5GZd2

There are no shortcuts to cleaning a carb. In addition to the jets, often internal passages are gummed up too. If you have access to an ultrasonic cleaner, it will clean the carb quickly the first time. The alternative, soaking only the metal parts in Berrymans Chem Dip will also get it clean, but it can take several rounds of soaking for 48 hours or longer. I think the record is five times before the carb was completely clean. There are rubber O-rings or other bits on the pilot/air/fuel and carb drain screws, the float valve, bowl gasket, and diaphragm. The float is plastic. Never put anything that isn't metal in Chem Dip, it will destroy it.

Since the tank wasn't drained, it may have rusted or have gum deposits. Again, look in the wrenching section for how to clean it. Install an inline fuel filter between the clean tank and carb to ensure the carb remains clean.

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post #13 of 23 Old 08-17-2018, 04:44 PM
 
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Great advise given already. That said,...

You are certainly not the first one with this issue...

Besides reviewing everything written, I relied heavily on YouTube videos before attempting.
Except for the blocked jet, my carb was spotless due to several efforts of heavy doses of sea-foam, which ended up in my daily use auto...
The jet hole is incredibly small, do not attempt to stick something through it, the hole gets much smaller inside...
I sprayed carb cleaner in a small glass jar and let the jets soak till the next weekend.
As such, I disregarded soaking and dissembling the entire carb and took a chance it was not necessary, soaking the jets only.
Fortunately for me, it was not.
Once reassembled the engine started immediately, with the enrichment on full.
Once warmed I was able to adjust the idle screw by ear and the engine runs and idles like new with the enrichment (choke) on off.
I filled the tank with 1 gallon of fuel mixed with 2 ounces of sea-foam, installed an inline fuel filter, and enjoyed a ride...

Just my experience, hope it helps.
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post #14 of 23 Old 08-18-2018, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for responding. It does sound like I have clogged slow jets and really don't want to totally take apart my carb. Is there a way to easily remove the slow jets so I can soak them?
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post #15 of 23 Old 08-19-2018, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Once again, thanks for all the great advice. The videos, photos and Wrenching forum are all great and give me confidence that I can do the job.
This is a great website!
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post #16 of 23 Old 08-20-2018, 11:31 AM
 
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Apart from letting someone else do it, I don't think an easy fix exists.
Like you, I wanted to avoid the disassembly and tried several unsuccessful easy solutions.
Nothing cleared the jet...
Lesson learned.
I personally will never allow any fuel, unless stabilized, sit in any of my fuel tanks for more than 2 weeks...
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post #17 of 23 Old 08-20-2018, 04:19 PM
 
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I personally will never allow any fuel, unless stabilized, sit in any of my fuel tanks for more than 2 weeks...
Well that's a little extreme. A bike should be fine sitting for a month or 2. if it gets to be longer than that, it is very easy and smart to open the carb drain screw and drain the float bowl to prevent carb fouling.

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post #18 of 23 Old 08-20-2018, 05:05 PM
 
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A bit extreme perhaps, but I too often find that if not used in 2 weeks, I could easily go the rest of a season without usage.
Not just my motorcycles, but all small engines such as lawn mower, chain saw, leaf blower, weed wacker, snow blower, rototiller, generator... just looked around the garage... all have stabilized fuel.
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pulling the carb and working on it on your workbench is actually the easiest answer. Trying to do an in-place partial opening is more pain than its worth.

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post #20 of 23 Old 08-27-2018, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for your help. Do you know what size fuel filter I should get?
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