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05-02-2019 12:28 AM
retro Best wishes Link! Thanks for sharing with us. May as well hang around... no need to hurry off. Finish fixing up your bike before you ride it too. No cheatin' !!! :-)
05-02-2019 12:04 AM
linksg big news my dudes. Thanks for the reply retro, I'm going to clean out all the fuel components later, but I got it to run pretty darn good. Fun fact, it ran so bad because it wasn't getting gas. Just had to let it suck the gas into the carb, and it ran fine. Runs a little rich, how would I lean it out? Can't find the adjustment. The left engine mount isn't tight or secure so it rattles a lot when you rev it, making that loud noise I was talking about. So yea, just need to figure out how to lean out the carb and that's all. I'll fix the engine mounts soon. The gas poetcock is spooky, it likes to not use all the fuel, and basically gives the reserve and extra gallon. So i'll fix that soon. All in all, runs pretty good for now, and completely runable. I'm going to get this little gremlins knocked out over this next month. Thanks to all of you people who have helped me through all this. I seriously would not be here if it wasn't for you guys. I sincerely thank you all! I owe you guys. This has been quite the learning adventure.

- Link
05-01-2019 08:52 PM
Originally Posted by retro View Post
Ya, this site sucks eggs. The owners are disgusting parasites and don't care about anything but controlling the harvesting of personal data, so they only maintain it so that the site works well for them. If you're posting on a phone you're usually screwed... if on a computer you can open a text editor and hold everything you type in your editor until it successfully submits, which is what I do on every post now.

Ya, may as well fix whatever else you can while waiting for parts. It sounds like you are doing darn good, careful & thorough work. Wear a confident smile and enjoy your experiences! I sure am... :-)
is this the site, based in California, or am i thinking of a different site?
05-01-2019 07:46 PM
retro Ok, that busted off bolt should be easy to take out unless the bolt was too long and bottomed.

First the fuel tank... take it off the bike and drain all of the fuel into a suitable container. Test the petcock in both 'ON' and "RES" lever positions while there is still plenty of old fuel in the tank to insure fuel flow is good and steady. Blow out the gas cap vent to insure that it isn't plugged. Then wash and rinse the tank out using either hot soapy water or some cleaning solvent. Look into the fuel cap hole using a flashlight (may need a small mirror as well) to inspect the petcock screen. If the screen is still in good shape and the petcock flows fuel in each lever position, you're done with the tank. You can use a rag attached to a piece of stiff wire to probe into corners and soak up any remaining water or solvent. Be careful not to damage the petcock & screen. You can use a hair dryer or any mild heat source to completely dry out the tank.

Let us know how that looks... then we'll start on the carb.
05-01-2019 12:48 PM
linksg oh and I didn't use force to put it on, I just had to tap it a little for it to set correctly. shifter works fine.
05-01-2019 12:45 PM
linksg All the electrics work, even the nuetral switch and everything else the bolt that snapped was the bolt right above where the neutral switch comes out of the case. I filled it with Honda bond to prevent leaking and in the future I'll drill it out and replace it, but it doesn't seem to bad as of right now. Cleaning the carb and the petcock are all detailed in the FSM? And its not a mechanical noise i dont think but it runs reaaaally rough and wont idle. almost sounds out of time
05-01-2019 11:25 AM
shadetree all that work, and a carb that never got cleaned after sitting for a very long time ?. you must go through your fuel system, starting from the fuel tank..all the way to and through the carb !.
05-01-2019 08:58 AM
retro Congrats on your stator replacement which fixed the ignition! Don't be discouraged, take a break to celebrate! Take it one step at a time and keep us in the loop so we can help ya.

Now then, can you show us which case bolt snapped off? And did that case go back on without using any force on it? Does everything (neutral light, reverse light, shifter, etc.) work?

You mentioned it being noisy... as in a noisy exhaust, or mechanical noise?

I imagine that the carb and fuel system are quite needy after sitting for a year. Especially if it had any ethanol-laced fuel left in the tank. So lets clean and fix those issues... beginning with the fuel tank and petcock. Then we'll move on to cleaning the needy carb. One step at a time... follow the service manual guidelines to a Tee during every step and lean on us for advice and questions.

But first lets talk about that snapped case bolt and related questions.
04-30-2019 11:28 PM
linksg Big update. After having to cancel orders from rockymountain (because they were being stupid and sh**ty and making me wait over a month for one part), and having to wait weeks from partzilla I finally got my stator and regulator. I put it all together and screwed up the first time by putting the shifting fork in too low so it would only shift up, not down. Then after I pulled the motor back out to fix that, as I was re-tightening the case together a bolt snapped. So it might leak now who knows. I'm really mad, and really depressed from this all. I spent a lot trying to make this work as good as it can, and make it last as long as it can and then this happens. This is normla for me though, I never have good luck with anything. Litterally anything. Anyways, I tried starting it after many many many hours of work and it kinda did something. I have spark, which is good, but it won't idle. And when I gas it, it runs terrible. Very violent and shaky, and so loud. If I let off the gas it just dies. Trying anything without choke just doesn't work. I just want to be done with this. What do you guys think is the problem? I don't really know where to start, and I have always had bad luck with carburetors, I don't really understand them like I thought I did. Thanks.

P.S. This bike hasn't run in about a year. I put fresh 87 octane gas in it, never cleaned the carb though.
04-17-2019 04:41 PM
retro Kinda sucks when ya gotta spend all of your summer lunch money budget on OEM parts, ehh?
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