I need my carbs rebuilt


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I need my carbs rebuilt

Postby jerry8671 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:57 pm



I have a 1980 gl1100 and I'm looking for a place to take my bike to have the carbs rebuilt at a reasonable price. I have been to my local Honda dealership and they told me they couldn't help me because they don't do work on anything that old which really disturbs me. I'm in the Youngstown, OH area and was told by one shop about $800 and that didn't include syncing them. If anyone knows of a good and reasonable place in my area please help.



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Re: I need my carbs rebuilt

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:34 pm

Take a look at Pistol Pete's - he's an expert at these carbs, and a really nice guy to boot.

http://www.oldwings.com/services.html

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Re: I need my carbs rebuilt

Postby Calzone » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:25 pm

I second Pistol Pete`s..He also sycronizes the carbs on a running engine so all you need to do is install them.

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Re: I need my carbs rebuilt

Postby eklimek » Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:50 pm

+1 for Pistol pete. You remove/reinstall and you will find how snug things are.

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Re: I need my carbs rebuilt

Postby wjnfirearms » Fri Apr 26, 2013 5:51 am

Being that you are not that far from me, might I recommend McChaskey Motors on Rt. 8 just north of downtown Butler, Pa. He has my carbs as we speak. He used to be service manager of Zanotti Harley/Honda and opened his own shop after they closed their doors. He is also an older GL owner himself and knows the bikes intimately. 724-234-2882. We're only talking an easy hour's drive for you.
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Re: I need my carbs rebuilt

Postby jerry8671 » Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:53 am

Where can I find pistol Pete. I've heard the name before but don't know how to get ahold of him

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Re: I need my carbs rebuilt

Postby SteveB123 » Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:20 am

jerry8671 wrote:Where can I find pistol Pete. I've heard the name before but don't know how to get ahold of him


Google "pistol pete carbs".
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Re: I need my carbs rebuilt

Postby eklimek » Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:03 pm

Look up above 5 postings.

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Re: I need my carbs rebuilt

Postby Crmpacer » Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:45 pm

Before you disassemble your bike and pull the carbs I would recommend trying a chemical rebuild utilizing Seafoam. I just started a new thread where I laid out my experiences with Chemical vs. Mechanical rebuild. I saved myself a substantial amount of money and headache by taking my time and letting the chemical work its magic. After babying my non-runner for a week I was able to take it on the road and had put 1000 miles on it in a month.

This may not be the solution for everyone but if your budget is as tight as mine then a $20 investment and a few days of your time is worth a gamble. If it does not work out you can always send it to Pete.

My recommendation is this:

1. Adjust your values for clearance (valves out of adjustment will contribute to a poorly running bike)

2. Replace your sparkplugs with a cheap set (Seafoam is going to release the krud from your carb and cylinders and foul your plugs)

3. Since you can't sync your carbs I would recommend adding seafoam to your tank (I used a full can).

Start by reading the thread I started called - Lets talk Chemical Rebuild - SEAFOAM. You can see the step by step process I used to get my non-runner moving down the highway.

I hope this helps and best of luck with your project!

Let me know if I can help in anyway.

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Re: I need my carbs rebuilt

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:31 am

It would be wise to pay a professional to rebuild them because he has the experience and knowledge to replace every oring with new and the float heights will be spot on, ect. I have read nothing but good things about Pistol Pete and that's on three different sites for a few years now... good advise for the guy that wants them rebuilt all proper and such...I personally did my own and she runs like a top so I must have done something right ...Seafoam is good but you may need new cutoff valves or o'rings, and you won't know until it's opened up.. :D

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Re: I need my carbs rebuilt

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:17 am

Mike Nixon is also a very competent carb tech.

http://www.goldwingcarbs.com
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Re: I need my carbs rebuilt

Postby Patriccio » Thu May 02, 2013 1:10 pm

Eight hundred bucks for carbs rebuild in Ohio is ridiculous! I have only one day off per week here in San Diego, & so I opted to have a local shop rebuild my carbs. Four hours labor, $320.00. I have not installed them yet, & haven't fired up the 1980, so I will reserve opinion on the rebuild until the unit works. Were I you, I would shop around for expertise.

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Re: I need my carbs rebuilt

Postby Crmpacer » Thu May 02, 2013 2:08 pm

Due to financial limitations I opted for taking my time (three weeks of starting the bike twice a day to push seafoam through the carbs). I went through two full tanks of treated gas (the first tank had two cans of Seafoam in it) and today was able to take my 1982 GL1100 for its first ride. The bike did amazing and the longer I let the chemicals work the better it has gotten.

When I purchased the bike it had been sitting for over a year and would not start.

More times than not an engine won't fire because they have varnish in the carbs. If it was running strong when it was parked then every thing should have been close to specified adjustments (valves, snyc etc) but the varnish got in the way. Take away the varnish and you may have a strong runner. That is how I have approached both of my bikes and it has worked extremely well and saved me a ton of money and headache.

$35 in chemicals vrs. $800 in rebuilds and I am getting similar results.

Be safe out there!




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