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Old 06-26-2013, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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cleaning the carb

Well tomorrow afternoon Im gonna pull off the carb for a cleaning. I've watch some YouTube videos and it looks like its going to be quite a project. Especially as I've never done something like that before. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 06-27-2013, 02:19 AM
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Remove the carb, pull the bowl off with o ring, remove float. Carefully remove the diaphragms and inspect for tears or pin holes. take out all jets, holders and all o rings. No rubber should be left. Soak all parts (except rubber) in PineSol overnight. all should look sparkly clean. Blow carb cleaner through passages with straw followed by compressed air. Inspect jets for cleanliness. Do not use hard wire to clean. A soft strand of copper is acceptable if needed to clean plaque but avoid if possible. Check diaphragms CLOSELY for damage, reassemble.
If diaphragm is damaged don't buy from Kawi, go to Harley shop and buy from an 883 motor (CV40), much cheaper. Check float height and integrity before reinstall. Did I miss something? Hard to do just from memory... Worst case scenario I have a CVK with a KLX needle and several mains if needed....

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Old 06-27-2013, 04:33 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks. Some of that sounded like Greek but I'm sure that it will make more sense as I'm working my way through later today. I think getting the thing off is going to be the hard part as I'm doing this at my apartment with limited tools and even less know how. Gonna be an adventure
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:44 AM
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crackbottom louis, did you watch the video prepared by Tom Schmitz, an inmate on this very website?

He illustrates "all you always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask," about carubretor disassembly, adjustment, and reassembly.

Hey, it's up now, accessible form this website! Don't have the URL, but . . . someone doubtlessly will post it.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:04 AM
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Carb Overhaul Video

Here you go, crackbottom; first of I think four video clips on the KLR650 carburetor, the Keihin CVK40:






Apologies if these are out of order; couldn't find 'em on this website; harvested 'em from Google.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:28 AM
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That's a great video for you! Also, it would be a good idea to have a manual handy if you are new to the KLR. Clymers has a pretty good one and you can get it off Amazon for under 20 bucks. It can be invaluable in helping you through these projects.
You never said why you were cleaning the carb. Are you having issues? Sometimes just running some Seafoam through the system can help clear up the stutters...
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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I'm really interested in seeing those vids. For some reason they didn't post up to where I could watch em. I have ordered the manual but it hasn't arrived yet. I'm gonna dive in anyway. Too excited to get to know this bike to wait. Thanks for all the responses and help. When I get stuck or frustrated I'll come post some Q's
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I'm really interested in seeing those vids. For some reason they didn't post up to where I could watch em. I have ordered the manual but it hasn't arrived yet. I'm gonna dive in anyway. Too excited to get to know this bike to wait. Thanks for all the responses and help. When I get stuck or frustrated I'll come post some Q's
If your computer/browser, etc., displays YouTube videos of any sort, these should pose no problem.

Go to: KLR Carburetor Overhaul Videos on Google, or whatever search engine you use; point-and-click or cut-and-paste the URLs for this series.

Here's a URL for the first video: eliminate the spaces between the first four letters, then cut-and-paste the URL into your computer and see what you get:

h t t p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUHbq07qcCk
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Gonna go pick up a friend as reinforcements and get started now
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Old 11-24-2017, 10:47 PM
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Here you go, crackbottom; first of I think four video clips on the KLR650 carburetor, the Keihin CVK40:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUHbq07qcCk


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKXQ4EJnya0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUrWNugrsrs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Rj_iXRggU0

Apologies if these are out of order; couldn't find 'em on this website; harvested 'em from Google.

omg, i think cleaning my m16 was easier
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