Right block running lean


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kane67
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Right block running lean

Postby kane67 » Sun Aug 30, 2015 1:02 am



yesterday made oil change and replaced spark plugs, noticed that all right block plugs where white (clean but white) as left plugs are nice normal brown/grey.

Engine runs/idles nice, slight hesitation when driving off idle (lean would make sense?)
Cold start improved with new plugs.

Well, it means carburators has to be taken out for overhaul.
Just thinking what else to do when they are off...

- cleaning carbs
- Float adjustment check
- maybe one size bigger pilot jet
- pilot screw check/adjustment
- add o-ring under Vacuum piston (as was in one article here, did already acc pump more "sensitive")
- sync carb's

If there would be air leak, should I notice something as it runs nice...?

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Re: Right block running lean

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:21 am

Try adjusting first you need a long screw driver and access is from the front. Also spraying starter fluid or propane at the bottom of the carbs where all the vacuum lines and intakes are will Id a leak if you have one..the rpm's will kick up if the spray gets sucked into the cylinders. But if you have a spark leak..BOOM!!!!!so be careful.. Note there are a bunch of lines under the carbs and they do rot out at the bends..and a PITA to replace.
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Re: Right block running lean

Postby kane67 » Sun Aug 30, 2015 12:02 pm

Do you mean adjusting PMS or sync carb's from the front? Sync maybe?
By the way, is it long phillips screwdriver?

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Re: Right block running lean

Postby ct1500 » Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:09 pm

What model year are we discussing here?
This is what I do
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Re: Right block running lean

Postby kane67 » Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:09 pm

1988 model. Ok, found some articles and pics where to look sync screw.
I have a diy manometer what I've used with my other bike in past.

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Re: Right block running lean

Postby kane67 » Sun Sep 06, 2015 1:08 am

Adjusted right side, pms was open 3 1/2 so I set it to 4 (as it was lean).
Syncronised carbs, now idle off hesitation is gone.

I remember someone asked if -88 pms's are open 3 1/8 instead of 2 what my Haynes book says?
As mine was open 3 1/2 and still leanish.... hard to understand if 2 is default?

Off course there can be other things to overhaul in carbs but now it runs great, I just enjoy my cruiser...




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