Got the carbs off and cleaned....


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sailorsubvet
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Got the carbs off and cleaned....

Postby sailorsubvet » Thu May 13, 2010 9:27 am



I got them off and apart, they were very dirty. I cleaned all the jets, floats and carefully reassembled and put back of the bike. Same problem , won't idle without the choke on. Runs great above 1800 RPM, even better then before. So the idle circuit is still crapped up, I' don't understand how the idle circuit works on this carb and where to start. Also on the float bowl is a screw with a tab on it, what is that? I thot there is a lean/ricj adj for each carb ? My thinking before i decide to attempt a rebuild myself and buy the kit is to clean everything and at least improve performance so i don't waste a kit. Answers ?



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Re: Got the carbs off and cleaned....

Postby cbach1981 » Thu May 13, 2010 7:09 pm

have you tried boiling the carb bodies? I've seen alot of things around the web that remommend boiling them in water for a while, then blow everything dry with compressed air. Also, check for a how-to on this site, there are many helpful, step-by-step instructions for damn near anything you'd want to do to a goldwing. Good Luck!
    You only need two tools in life - wd-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the wd-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape!

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Re: Got the carbs off and cleaned....

Postby cbach1981 » Thu May 13, 2010 7:16 pm

Also, check out www.randakks.com This site is a savior for wing owners, especially for carb parts and tips
    You only need two tools in life - wd-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the wd-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape!

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Re: Got the carbs off and cleaned....

Postby RBGERSON » Fri May 14, 2010 8:36 am

You have to pull the idle jet out to clean it it has holes in the sides that you can't get to with it in place.

Those tabs are tops glue on to the air mixture screws so you can't set it to rich..EPA standards stuff you can remove the caps and set how you'd like..some heat usually will loosen the glue so they can be pulled off..but be careful below the cap is a narrow section of the screw that is easily broken off so only pull straight up and out no side to side pulling.
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Re: Got the carbs off and cleaned....

Postby sailorsubvet » Fri May 14, 2010 11:21 am

my idle jet is pressed in, how do you get it out ?

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Re: Got the carbs off and cleaned....

Postby WingAdmin » Fri May 14, 2010 11:36 am

If it's pressed in, the consensus is you can't get them out without damaging the carbs. You can try a very thin guitar string hooked to get into the sides, or boiling in lemon water, or sitting in carb cleaner...there are a number of methods. Unfortunately they are so tiny, they will clog again, it's just a matter of time.

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Re: Got the carbs off and cleaned....

Postby sailorsubvet » Fri May 14, 2010 12:06 pm

so what do people do, we can't abandon the carbs......Randakk pulls them out..so it must be doable?

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Re: Got the carbs off and cleaned....

Postby tumunga » Fri May 14, 2010 4:34 pm

Here's how I cleaned out my idle jets: I boiled some water, put the carbs float side up in a cake pan so I could see the idle jets. I then poured the boiling water into the idle jet "hole". I kept doing that for a couple minutes, then took a .009" steel guitar string and tapped it into the hole in the jet until it broke through the clog. After it broke through (you can tell when this happens because the water will start draining through the jet) I kept pouring boiling water into it for a little bit longer, then moved onto the next clogged jet. After I cleared the clogged jets (I had 3 out of 4 clogged) I sprayed carb cleaner into them and blew them out with an air compressor. That was 2 years ago, and they haven't clogged back up...(knock on wood).
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Re: Got the carbs off and cleaned....

Postby sailorsubvet » Fri May 14, 2010 4:43 pm

I've been told that they also have horizontal holes? So not only the vertical ones, here's the rub....I got the vertical hole unplugged and it idled a little better, I think the horizontal ones are still plugged ?

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Re: Got the carbs off and cleaned....

Postby tumunga » Sun May 16, 2010 8:32 am

I saw the horizontal holes on the main jet when I cleaned it, but since the idle jets on mine are pressed in also, if there are any in there, I didn't clean them.
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Re: Got the carbs off and cleaned....

Postby huntlikeyougotapair » Mon May 24, 2010 8:28 pm

I just rebuilt my carbs from an old 1982 Aspencade i just bought and I found a product from Amisol called Power Foam
carb and choke cleaner it comes out as foam and then turns to a liquid I sprayed everything and soaked all the needles and whatever else came apart overnight in a can in the morning everything looked like new I blew out everything with the air comp.
and put it all back together the bike started right up and even Idled not to badly now I just have to lay my hands on a set of sync. gauges and I'm away to the races ,can't say enough about this spray foam best cleaner I have ever used ( and I have tryied alot)
hope this helps you
cheers Don




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