cleaning slow idle jets 1981


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wildbill360
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cleaning slow idle jets 1981

Postby wildbill360 » Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:25 am



okay my first post, what a great website. i purchased a 1981 interstate that was sitting for years with 29000 on it. bike runs great with throttel response, but it dies at idle, from what i gathered on this site is the slow idle jets are pluged, ive removed rack and clean the hell out of the carbs but as you know i cant remove slow jets, how in the heck do i clean those little devils , from what i understand theres little holes in them just like the main jets. im really frustated on this problem can anyone help, or offer tips.besides removing them with easy out or drywall screw i dont want to destroy carbs.thanks



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Re: cleaning slow idle jets 1981

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:07 pm

When you use a screw,it dosen't go far enough into the jet to get to the hole.it's down in there about 3/16" below the top.just run in a screw enough to get a bite.use a little heat if necessary.
Another method.use compressed air and cleaning fluid and blow it out.Try to avoid using wire to clean it

wildbill360
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Re: cleaning slow idle jets 1981

Postby wildbill360 » Sat Apr 07, 2012 2:45 pm

ive cleaned them three times with carb cleaner over nite and blew the out with air.

ive become an expert on removing the rack and putting it back on though.

what kind of screw? i dont want it snapping off then im really you no what.
thanks for help.

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Re: cleaning slow idle jets 1981

Postby tlcdmc » Sat Apr 07, 2012 3:12 pm

use dry wall screw-they are sharp and wont break-turn in just till it gets tight-i used wire cutter pliers-gripped screw with cutter part-they lifted right out-dressed up hole with drill bit before installing-used one strand off wire brush to clean jets-bottom and sides-important to chase holes at bottom of jet in carb body all the way to where the come out, make sure they are clean-bike will not run right until jets are clean-believe me-tired of pulling carbs too!

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Re: cleaning slow idle jets 1981

Postby wildbill360 » Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:54 pm

okay thanks for advice, one more thing, course or fine thread drywall screw?

tlcdmc
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Re: cleaning slow idle jets 1981

Postby tlcdmc » Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:42 pm

the one i used was black and kind of course threaded-i had someone suggest using a back out-but i never found one that worked as good as the screw-i dont know technical name of screw, but i get them at hardware store-they have very sharp point on them like a needle and i think they are for use on sheet rock. hope that helps

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Re: cleaning slow idle jets 1981

Postby wildbill360 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:00 pm

got them out, thanks :D :D :D :D :D :D

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Re: cleaning slow idle jets 1981

Postby tlcdmc » Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:03 pm

dont forget to chase out holes at bottom-i think there are two-follow them out to where they end-also read on one of these web sites about kawasaki idle jet screws that fit this carb-they are about 10 dollars each-thinking i probably should have replaced mine when rebuilding-good luck

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Re: cleaning slow idle jets 1981

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:35 am

Don't drill out tubes..maybe a drill bit turned by hand but not in a drill!!! Cotton swab with some carb cleaner on it safer??
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: cleaning slow idle jets 1981

Postby tlcdmc » Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:02 am

thats what i used-had large assortment of bits-worked up to right size-only use hands with bits, not drill-uses strand pulled from wire brush to chase out holes in jet body holes




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