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Old 03-09-2010, 11:49 AM   #1
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Unhappy need help-2 probs w/Honda VTX 1300

I have an 04 VTX 1300C bought new in 05 and I have maybe 5000+ miles on it Iand haven't driven it much because of these problems.
OK problem 1. Battery I am on my fourth bat. since I bought my bike and I know I shouldn't have to replace them basically every year. I had added some wizard led lights to it but don't think that is the problem. Is there any thing else that could be causing the batteries to go dead? I unhooked the ground bat. cable & used a tester to attach to the lights and the +cable but it's showing it's not drawing power. I have a speed charger and charge it up every now and then but after reattaching the leads it goes dead.
2. Fuel problem- I have been having trouble getting constant fuel to my engine- mine's not fuel injected. it has a hard time getting started, then after it starts and runs for a while I still get the same thing(bogging down when I give it gas, sometimes stalling out) took it in to the dealer where I bought it and they couldn't figure out what the problem was. I have Vance and Hines exhaust w/jet. I checked the air filter and the fuel hose but no problems with them

I know I haven't posted very much and had basically given up on it so
any help is appreciated and sorry the post is so long

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Old 03-09-2010, 11:59 AM   #2
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As to the battery - invest in a Battery Tender - they're cheap-enough. Moto batteries are small, and go dead easily when sitting. The quick-chargers just aren't enough, it sometimes needs constant attention. I'm assuming the LED you installed is a charge-monitor device on the bike. If you've got "green" when the bike is running, the problem likely isn't the charging-system.

As to the fueling - some bikes have a small screen in the fuel-line that clogs quite easily - you can't even tell it's there. Usually located in the carb-inlet fitting. A pair of needle-nose pliers will take care of THAT problem, if you have it. Make CERTAIN that you're not pinching or kinking your fuel-line someplace, too.

Another thing that can do cause you fits is a clogged or mis-routed/pinched carb vent-tube. If they can't "breathe", they can't get fuel into them.

Good Luck with both items.
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Old 03-09-2010, 12:03 PM   #3
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1. It sounds like you have a voltage leak. You need to figure out what is pulling power (like an incorrect ground). It doesn't take much to pull a battery down if it sits.

2. Your carb needs to be removed and cleaned. Or, you have a blocked fuel circuit; or your tank is not venting properly. Any of those will restrict the fuel to the engine.

The tank vent will not usually cause starting problems, though.
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Old 03-09-2010, 12:23 PM   #4
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[quote=The_AirHawk;236480] I'm assuming the LED you installed is a charge-monitor device on the bike. If you've got "green" when the bike is running, the problem likely isn't the charging-system.

yes

As to the fueling - some bikes have a small screen in the fuel-line that clogs quite easily - you can't even tell it's there. Usually located in the carb-inlet fitting. A pair of needle-nose pliers will take care of THAT problem, if you have it. Make CERTAIN that you're not pinching or kinking your fuel-line someplace, too.

so will I have to take the carb apart to get to it w/the pliers

Another thing that can do cause you fits is a clogged or mis-routed/pinched carb vent-tube. If they can't "breathe", they can't get fuel into them. QUOTE]
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Old 03-09-2010, 01:04 PM   #5
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so will I have to take the carb apart to get to it w/the pliers
IF it's got one. I don't know for a fact it does, but it almost sounds like you may be in for a disassembly anyway. Just something to look for when cleaning the carb.

Also - the things pushrod noted are items to look for as well.
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thanks to both,
I'll try the things you suggested after I get off work
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Old 03-14-2010, 06:15 AM   #7
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You guys are too nice! I was waiting for "Impossible! Everybody knows Hondas never have problems!"
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You guys are too nice! I was waiting for "Impossible! Everybody knows Hondas never have problems!"

Just like Toyotas!!!
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