84 gl1200 interstate starting issue

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84 gl1200 interstate starting issue

Post by ruby1396 » Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:18 pm

I just got an 84 1200 interstate. I was told it sat for two years. I've replaced a bad fuel pump on it. The bike turns over but wont start. if i spray starting fluid in air-cleaner the bike will sputter. So my guess would be no fuel to carbs and I'm not sure what else i should check. Any help would be grateful.

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Re: 84 gl1200 interstate starting issue

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:03 am

Honestly, if the bike has been sitting for a while, and especially if you don't know when they were last changed, you need to change the timing belts before trying to start the bike. They are life-limited, and sitting for a long time causes them to take a "set" - which weakens them. A broken timing belt will damage the engine.

If the bike wasn't prepared properly before it was stored, the carbs could be clogged with deposits. Can you confirm that fuel is actually getting to the carb bowls?

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Re: 84 gl1200 interstate starting issue

Post by Mr moe » Fri Feb 26, 2016 1:24 pm

I hope that "starter fluid" wasn't ether. :o
Quickest way to destroy a gas engine is to use ether starting spray. Used for diesels only.
Carb spray works good.

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