How to drain carbs for winter?


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How to drain carbs for winter?

Postby Kingston » Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:34 am



May be this is on the How-To-Articles, but I can't find it. :?
Bike is a GL1500



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Re: How to drain carbs for winter?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:24 pm

You can manually drain the carbs if you want to get in there, but the easiest way is to just unplug the fuel pump (located under the seat), then just run the bike until it runs out of gas. This will use up fuel left in the float bowls and ensure the fuel system is empty.

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Re: How to drain carbs for winter?

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:20 pm

This is true.i had some trash in my fuel,even knowing the procedure,it still took a half hour getting to the drain screws.There accessed through a small opening between the upper part of the exposed radiator with a 16" screwdriver.sheesh.

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Re: How to drain carbs for winter?

Postby Mh434 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:59 pm

There are two schools of thought on draining carbs for winter storage. Obviously, no gas at all = no scrungy gas to contend with in the spring. On the other hand, no gas at all can cause O-rings & seals to dry out & possibly leak when you put gas back into the system in the spring (which would, of course, require rebuilding the carbs, if they don't eventually stop on their own).

The other school of thought is to keep the bike topped up with fresh gas AND a quality fuel stabilizer, so as to keep all the seals from drying out and to prevent the formation of scrunge (sorry - technical term!) in the carbs.

I've done both, and now stick to the latter method (having been forced to do a carb rebuild once using the former method). I also run my bike from time to time during the winter, once a month or so, getting it good & hot so the exhaust is dry and clean for a while during running. Using this method, and a reliable "smart" battery tender, in the spring I need only push the start button, and the bike runs like I just parked it yesterday.

Hope that helps...

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Re: How to drain carbs for winter?

Postby warmblood58 » Sun Nov 23, 2014 5:03 pm

virgilmobile wrote:This is true.i had some trash in my fuel,even knowing the procedure,it still took a half hour getting to the drain screws.There accessed through a small opening between the upper part of the exposed radiator with a 16" screwdriver.sheesh.



Yes, I need to do this on a non running GL 1200 (1984) so that I can drain tank and carbs. Since bike is not running and there is a small amount of bad gas in tank, I want to drain tank and carbs and then refill tank with fresh fuel and seafoam and let seafoam work it's magic for a few days and then I will attempt to fire up bike. Anyone have a procedure for the 1200? Thanks!




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