Now what??


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jtimgrant
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Joined: Sat May 25, 2013 7:24 am
Location: Greensboro NC.
Motorcycle: 1987 GL1200 Aspencade

Now what??

Postby jtimgrant » Sat Jun 22, 2013 3:43 pm



Well, my 87 was dead on number 3 cyl. I pulled the carbs and cleaned number 3 carb and reinstalled them. Yesterday afternoon I started it up for the first time and it ran like a dream. Perfectly smooth. I rode it about 50 miles. This morning I started it to show it off to a friend and it ran like a 3 legged dog. So I pulled the plug wires and found number 4 is dead though the plug is firing. I'm not sure it's firing enough but it is firing. Number 4 was running strong before I pulled the carbs this last time. So what next? Since 3 and 4 share the same coil I'm thinking maybe switch coils and wires and see if the miss follows the coil/wire. If not then I have another blocked slow speed jet. What think ye?

Signed,

Frustrated in NC. :lol:



tprender
Posts: 188
Joined: Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:11 pm
Location: St Louis, Mo
Motorcycle: 1986 gl1200
1995 GL1500SE

Re: Now what??

Postby tprender » Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:27 pm

I would pull the carbs off again and clean all of them this time. Just cleaning one is not a good idea. But, first check and see if it has fuel in the float bowl before you take it apart again.

jtimgrant
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Location: Greensboro NC.
Motorcycle: 1987 GL1200 Aspencade

Re: Now what??

Postby jtimgrant » Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:18 pm

They have all been cleaned 3 times. There is fuel in the bowl. Floats are all the same. It seems I am just picking up trash from somewhere.

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tprender
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Motorcycle: 1986 gl1200
1995 GL1500SE

Re: Now what??

Postby tprender » Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:29 pm

Had this bike been setting for sometime? When a person brings a bike back to life after setting for some time, there is one thing that they forget to change. Did you replace the fuel lines? If the bike had been setting for sometime the lines have dried up fuel in them and fuel will flake off with the fresh fuel in the lines and plug up what you just cleaned. I found this out the hard way a few years back when I was fixing up a '75 wing that had been setting for about 3 years. I took off the carbs 3 times before I was told to replace the fuel lines and then all of my problems stopped. Not sure if this is your problem, but just giving ideas. Best of luck.

jtimgrant
Posts: 77
Joined: Sat May 25, 2013 7:24 am
Location: Greensboro NC.
Motorcycle: 1987 GL1200 Aspencade

Re: Now what??

Postby jtimgrant » Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:01 pm

Hello Tprender. Yep, been sitting for 5 years and run very little. I do not know when it was last run before I got it. I've not changed the fuel lines but I will before I run more fuel into these carbs . . . after cleaning them again. It's hard to imagine anything getting through the screens at the needle valves but this trash is coming from somewhere.

t




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