acess to the carbs


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ruff6077
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acess to the carbs

Postby ruff6077 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:39 pm



What is the best way to gain access to the carbs. I have to remove them to be cleaned.



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Re: acess to the carbs

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:55 pm

He he he...I shoulda took pictures.Altho I probably didn't have enough memory in the camera. :lol:
If you've never done a 1500 your in for a treat.
My first shot at my 88 took me 4-1/2 hours to get them on the bench.
I never said "you got to be kidding" so many times before on any bike.
I can now get them out in about 2 hours and one cup of coffee( no band aids ).
Yes you do have to drain the radiator and need a 18" Phillips along with a really long set of angled needle nose pliers.
A boat load of plastic has to come off too.
Trust me...it's not a afternoon quick job.
Are you having problems that really warrant removing them???

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Re: acess to the carbs

Postby ruff6077 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:08 pm

Yep! The bike sat for two years before I bought it. Had been left with fuel in it. I tried for a month or so to clean them with chemicals with no sucess. So, they have to come off and be cleaned!
I'm retired so I have all the time in the world to get it done..Thanks for the guidance. Think I'll need all the help I can find. Right now I'm still in the plastic removal phase. Wish me luck!
Richard

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Re: acess to the carbs

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:28 pm

There's just a couple of tough spots.
Under the carbs are 2 coolant lines.I use the long angled needle nose to get the clamps and hoses off and on.The long #2 Phillips is to get to the carb clamps from the sides.
Even when loose,the carbs take quite a bit of effort to tilt the backward out of the rubber coupler.Just as tough to get them on.It took all my weight and some lube to get them back on.
By the way,while your there,under the carb there is a rubber mat.Lift it and inspect/replace the vacuum hoses.They have a tendency to get weak at the 90* bends.
Expect to have to replace the accelerator pump diaphragm too besides looking at the slide diaphragms for pin holes.
Holler if you get stuck.

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Re: acess to the carbs

Postby ruff6077 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:47 pm

Thanks Virgmobile, I found a source for the maintenance manual and ordered it. Right now I'm just having"fun" with the plastic parts!
Richard

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Re: acess to the carbs

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:49 pm

While your on the site,look under the 'manuals' section.
Download the 89 euro service manual.I use it.
Some minor euro changes but all in all a comprehensive read.
And free to boot.I like free... :D




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