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post #1 of 9 Old 11-22-2011, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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CB450 Gremlins...

Got the new battery in the old girl today. Started up with a billow of smoke (good old seafoam). Ran steady, then I noticed that there was gas dripping off the bolt at the bottom of the carb on the choke side. Cleaned it up and it stopped dripping. I rode about 25 miles and the bike is running fine, but there is still gas coming from somewhere on the left side carb. Every time I checked it, it was wet. Not dripping, just wet.

When I got home I noticed a slight oil seep from the clutch adjuster/clutch adjuster locking bolt.

The bike is running better than ever. Most of my tools are packed away in boxes. I can't figure out where the gas is coming from. And I can't see why there would be an oil seep. I haven't touched the clutch adjuster.

Manual for reference. Now, tell me what I'm missing and be gentle.

http://cb450stuff.com/manual/index.htm#CarbAdj

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-22-2011, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, and the bike seems slow to return to idle when the throttle is released, but I may be entirely tripping about that.




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How long has she been sitting and did she have fuel in the bowl when you last shut her off orings and gaskets can get dry and shrink sometimes they will swell back up when they get wet so it may stop.
But I would say that you may be due for some new bowl gaskets is all.

And a slow return to idle maybe a air leak somewhere or sticking throttle cables.
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May be a longshot here.......make sure the crankcase is not full of gasoline. Just check the oil level. The float(s) on my old CL stuck once and had similar problems. If not I'd say a carb rebuild is in your future anyway.

Thanks for posting up the manual. Brought back memories.....Double overhead cams, torsion bars instead of springs for the valves, CV carbs, centrifugal oil filter. These things were the cat's ass back in the day. Ignition points......could never figure that one out as other bikes of the era were beginning to use CDI systems.

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Thanks guys. Yeah, I got real sick...so it was sitting for a good while. And I didn't do anything to it except dump some seafoam in. Dumb. At the time I had vertigo and didn't want to touch it cause I would have knocked it over.

OK, thanks guys, I'll check it out. I don't think I'll mess with anything until after the move. Gotta get the bike about an hour and a half to the new place. Then I'll have something to do while Karen decorates I guess.

Yeah, the manual is cool. Wish I had a physical one...not that it is all that helpful, but it would be cool.




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Took me a while to find it again but here is a very good resto thread for the 450 over at ADV......http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=417095

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Oh, and the bike seems slow to return to idle when the throttle is released, but I may be entirely tripping about that.
Dammit LJ you have me shopping for another '71 CL like I used to have! Anyway, came across this and thought you could use.
http://forum.motorcycle-usa.com/defa...?f=18&m=510771
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You can't let the old rides sit for long periods of time. Stuff starts to go wrong. You need to start that baby up more than every few months...

Carb stuff sucks. Hope you get it all sorted.

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Thanks Flash. Much obliged. Enjoy your new bike.

Yeah, I know Cabrito. I usually take her out every week or so, but when I was sick, I couldn't (and I had been slacking for a week or two before I got sick of course). I should have rented you out to ride the 450. Now I get to reap the rewards. Oh well. KLR is running good. (although there was rust on my chain...so ashamed...if it weren't for the vertigo I would be super ashamed). What are you gonna do? Putting a lot of things back together now. And I rode today and my right ear is gonna take some getting used to. Might have to start listening to music when I ride.




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