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#145924 - 08/27/19 06:37 PM Re: bike will not draw fuel [Re: redninja]
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Hi Redninja! Long time no see! Sorry that Mr. Redninja's bike has carb problems. The alcohol laced gasoline we're saddled with these days will gum up anything it's left sitting in. I don't blame your Mr. for not wanting to remove, disassemble and clean that carburetor. It's doable, but a long way from a fun job. Hopefully you'll solve the problem with suggestions found here and won't have to go the hard route. Keep us posted as you sort this problem out, and the best always to you and the Mr..

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#145934 - 08/28/19 10:24 PM Re: bike will not draw fuel [Re: Freebird]
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Well, carb is off the bike. Turns out the bowl screws weren't pristine as I thought; even with the JIS screwdriver two of the screw heads stripped immediately. Or maybe they had been messed with by previous owner. So I had to make slots in the heads with the Dremel. Very carefully. Worked fine. So I cleaned the main jet, which was pretty gunked up, and am soaking the little one right now (of course using the cleaning procedures found on this site). How tight should that little one be? The big one came off fine, but the little one was really stuck. I finally got it out, but the head got messed up slightly. Got the needle valve out; none of the moving parts were moving, so I cleaned it. I'm guessing the long, square shaped thing inside should be moving freely? Seems to be a little "catchy", so maybe I should just get a new one. And, any tips on how to get the needle valve assembly back in the hole ? ........Anything else I should do as long as the carb is off? I am not up to disassembling the whole carb, for sure. Thanks for any advice !!
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#145937 - 08/28/19 11:57 PM Re: bike will not draw fuel [Re: redninja]
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With the carb off the bike, careful disassembly really isn't all that difficult. If things are gummed up just looking from the outside, imagine what it's like on the inside. At this point, if it were me (I'm glad it's not), I'd disassemble it, soak it clean in carb cleaner, order a rebuild kit and put it back together with new parts. There's good online tutorials on how to properly do this if it's new to you, and once done you can be confidant the carb will work like it should again.

You know your own limitations, so don't tackle something you're not sure of. Study the online tutorials before making whatever decision you're comfortable with, and good luck whichever way you go - complete disassembly, cleaning and a rebuild kit, or something less than that.
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#145938 - 08/29/19 01:50 AM Re: bike will not draw fuel [Re: Freebird]
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Oooooh, George, you are a hard taskmaster ! I know it SHOULD be rebuilt, but we'll see. Need to do more study.......
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#145939 - 08/29/19 04:16 PM Re: bike will not draw fuel [Re: Freebird]
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You've already removed most of the removable parts. Good aerosol cleaner and compressed air should clean out all the nooks and crannies.

The pilot jet just needs to be snug.

I'd replace the float needle and seat since it's apart.

And also remove and clean the mixture screw passage.


Edited by peejman (08/29/19 04:28 PM)
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#145942 - 08/29/19 05:25 PM Re: bike will not draw fuel [Re: Freebird]
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Berryman B-12 is good carb cleaner. Available from most auto parts stores. Use safely glasses as the spray is strong and can ricochet off surfaces back into your eyes. The extension tube is handy for tight spaces and flushing out passages. Good luck!

It also doubles as instant insect killer!
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#145945 - 08/30/19 02:37 AM Re: bike will not draw fuel [Re: Freebird]
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Tick,tock; waiting for parts to arrive......Thanks to all for advice !
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#145962 - 09/08/19 02:22 AM Re: bike will not draw fuel [Re: redninja]
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Got it all put back together and running. It was getting dark so I kinda just threw it together; I think I need to adjust the throttle cables better. Was not appropriately attired, so I just rode around the property a bit...needs further testing.
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#145969 - 09/09/19 01:35 PM Re: bike will not draw fuel [Re: Freebird]
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Glad you got it running again.
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#145970 - 09/09/19 03:02 PM Re: bike will not draw fuel [Re: redninja]
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Originally Posted By: redninja
..Got it all put back together and running. It was getting dark so I kinda just threw it together; I think I need to adjust the throttle cables better. Was not appropriately attired, so I just rode around the property a bit...needs further testing..

Well done, good for you. Let us know how further testing goes, and enjoy the rest of the summer, Redninja. Do you guys continue to winter in Arizona?
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