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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-09-2005, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Sprayed some carb cleaner in the carbs this weekend

I went to Autozone and bought some spray in carb cleaner for the SV. I removed the airbox and sprayed it in there. I noticed a difference almost immediately. Then, this morning, I noticed it again.

It was so difficult to start before and now it's much easier. I still need to choke it, but not nearly as long to keep it running.

Quicker and cheaper than an all-out carb clean.
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-09-2005, 09:15 AM
 
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Uhh yeah
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Glad to hear it worked for ya... and yeah, way easier and cheaper!




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I wish I'd tried that first. I screwed my carbs up by disassembling them...

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I wish I'd tried that first. I screwed my carbs up by disassembling them...
They can be tricky. Damn, I love my FI!

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Well, it's still not 100% but it beat the $200+ I spent having someone tear them down and clean them out about 3 years ago.
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I have to defend carbs since they are so simple. Since about 1980, almost all carbs are constant velocity. Each carb only has four moving parts, and one of them, the throttle plate, shouldn't be touched. That leaves the choke plunger, float and the needle/piston. You can't get to the choke plunger unless you detach the carbs from each other (on a four cylinder), so that leaves two moving things that you can mess up. And since most owners don't take off the vacuum chamber cover, that only leaves the floats.

The little tang holding the float valve to the float can be lost, crushed or put on wrong. And the floats could possibly be put on upside-down. The float level could be wrong. All the carbs could have been done at once so all the parts are mixed up. And the jets in the float chamber could be torqued down excessively, or not at all.

On the outside of the carb, the pilot screws could have been tightened down too much and broken the tips off (don't ask how I know this). And since installing the carbs is much more difficult than cleaning them, there could be an air leak.

Now rworkman should take off the carbs and see what he did wrong and ShanMan should take his carbs off and clean them. After all, there's only two. Spraying carb cleaner in the carb may loosen up a sticky slide, but does not clean 80 percent of the slide or clean any jets or the choke plunger. Why pay a mechanic to break your parts when you can do it for nothing.
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They can be tricky. Damn, I love my FI!
I agree NW... carbs are tried and true... and yeah they have their quirks...but that FI that everybody loves is great till it starts going wrong and throwing codes!!




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I agree NW... carbs are tried and true... and yeah they have their quirks...but that FI that everybody loves is great till it starts going wrong and throwing codes!!
At least you get a code with FI. That almost always tells you what the problem is instead of tinkering for days on end to figure it out.

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Well this is true but at this point you have to take it into the dealer to get that code!!




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Not really. You can get codes from the internet and manuals for most bikes. Tripping them isn't that hard either.

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Don't get me wrong... FI is great..but its just a different evil not the answer to heavin on earth!




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Don't get me wrong... FI is great..but its just a different evil not the answer to heavin on earth!

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If I had the time spend a whole Saturady (which is how long it would take me) to tear down the carbs and clean them, I'd try it. I'm not afraid to try IF I had the time to mess with them.

If you have a couple of small kids, you know what I mean about not having time.
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Just drop the kids off at grandma's or the aunts and go fiddle with the bike...




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The kids can help! That's how I learned.

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Kids can help, but not dogs. In the early seventies I was helping my friend change a cam on a 340 Duster. We laid all 16 pushrods and rockers in correct order, plus the new lifters all coated in oil, on a clean towel on the ground. His dog got out of the house and ran across the towel. All the parts were scattered in the dirt. I haven't heard that much cussing in three decades.
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just take the carbs off the bike and send them to me, ill clean them and put the floats up to spec etc....ive done it for several people through the mail....just a thought
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just take the carbs off the bike and send them to me, ill clean them and put the floats up to spec etc....ive done it for several people through the mail....just a thought

There you go Shan. Shouldn't cost more than $30 or $40 to ship round trip insured.

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Ya but what will Jack charge you for the service!

Also, might want to put the carbs in a zip lock.... FedEx,UPS, USPS will not appreciate gas leaking from a box if you don't get it all out!!!




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