The first thing I did was to get everything prepared and ready to go.
I moved the toolchest out..
I had cut up a cardboard box, laid it out and rolled my XT onto it.
My baby before her surgery..
First thing to do is take off the side plastics, seat, tank scoops and tank. Remember to remove all the lines from the tank to the carb (and charcoal cannister if Cali model).
After removing all this..
Next loosen the carb joint clamps. Then go to the right side of the bike and rotate the carb to the left, this will expose the four float bowl screws (which are JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard) screws).
If you do strip, will more than likely have to take the carb off the bike, as I had to do. I found out the best way to remove the carb is to remove the screws holding the airbox on. I found this out after trying to put the carb back in (Thanks Road Rash for the tip), and thought if I had done it before removing the carb, it would have been alot easier. Also, I labeled all lines and hoses that needed to be removed from the carb (plus taking pics as I went along help).
The carb removed..
Now with the carb out, you can see the stripped screws..
With the screws stripped, I got looked for help on removal from our great site here. With the suggestion from Chartman, I ordered a Dremel tool for the removal task....