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Old 09-06-2009, 12:48 AM   #1
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Default Best carb cleaner

I was wondering what product shoud I use to clean the carbs on my bike, I think one of the low speed gas jet on one of the carb don't work on maybe a float is stuck or something
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Old 09-06-2009, 03:07 AM   #2
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Pour-in, use SeaFoam or Berryman's.

But, if it's either of those problems, you're gonna have to pull the carbs to get the spooge out of it. In that case, the cheapest spray-carb cleaner you can find. Or, the "Environmentally Safe Low VOC" stuff, if that's what rocks your boat.

It goes without saying that you should wear appropriate eye-safety devices; it hurts like a mother***er when you shoot yourself in the eye with that stuff.

Things to avoid:

+Spraying the cleaner on rubber parts - particularly bowl-gaskets and slide-diaphragms. It causes them to stretch and swell-up, making it hard to get them "back in the hole they came from" (it's hard enough as it is!).

+Doing it twice. If you use the straw to spray through an orifice, and nothing comes out ANOTHER orifice: it's clogged. Don't leave it that way, or you'll just have to tear it all apart AGAIN...... Particularly you should remove the jets and hold them up to a light - if you can't see a pinpoint shining-through; a small piece of copper-wire will clear it without damage (this goes DOUBLE for the tiny slow/idle jets).

+Forgetting to put a part back in; forgetting which WAY a part goes in. Take pictures, if you need to. It's really hard for others to diagnose these kind of troubles across teh Internets.....

+Bending the delicate float-arms/needle tabs: they're PROBABLY adjusted correctly - but it doesn't hurt to CHECK them. If they're not, either you or the P.O. mangled them. Occasionally, they goofed at the factory. But not often. Like, never. Really.
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Old 09-07-2009, 04:12 PM   #3
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Thanks I'll try this
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Old 09-08-2009, 07:49 AM   #4
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Just to add to the 'Hawk's comments,

Do Not use any steel tools inside the carb to clean it. Use only small brass or fiber brushes, and if you do the wire thing to 'punch out' the orifi, use only one strand of copper wire.

If you use anything harder on that soft aluminum, you'll booger it up, fer shure.
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:08 AM   #5
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Sound right thanks for for the tip
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