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post #1 of 3 Old 02-13-2018, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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We're almost there (living on a prayer!)

I am really anxious to hear this thing running (2003 KLR)! So today, I was doing some last minute (riding it is still about a month away!) prep work. Gas tank is empty, and clean as a whistle inside (no varnish, no deposits). PO must've had some Stabil inside. Carburetor did dribble some gas out, but it didn't smell bad (I have a good experience with that,....or is it "bad experience?). Nevertheless, I turned the carb sideways, and pulled the jets. Main had some deposits on the outside, and the pilot was blocked (good catch, it would've driven me nuts if everything was ready, and it wouldn't idle!). I cleaned both jets the best I could (poked all the holes with plastic "thread"), and although I was able to see through all holes (with 10X loupe of course!), I was not sure all the varnish was out.

Took a brand new syringe from my first aid horse kit, filled it with 2oz of Seafoam, and forced it into the carb via disconnected fuel line (at the petcock). I'll let the Seafoam dissolve anything (overnight) that might be left on the "walls" of the jets, and drain it tomorrow. Everything should be squeaky clean inside of that carb.

So tomorrow I will fill the tank with fresh gas, drain the carb (I'll prime it after I drain Seafoam, to avoid too much cranking), and fire it up! Wife is working tomorrow, so I'll be free to run this thing inside my office for few minutes. Come think of it,.....I have to flush the carb with gas (after I drain Seafoam), otherwise I'll be in deep (too much smoke, and she will smell it when she gets home).

So far, so good.
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post #2 of 3 Old 02-13-2018, 08:39 PM
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Daniel, She has a more sensitive nose than you do!

Set the Shop Vac outside and run the hose thru the window. Use safety wire or duct tape to hold the vac hose onto the muffler. Plug in the Shop Vac BEFORE you start the bike!

The back end of the muffler will stay cool for a while and the leakage around the hose will cool the incoming exhaust.

Hopefully, you never had reason to spray Gunk Engine Brite on any part of the exhaust?

Modify at "YOUR OWN RISK"!

Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 85,000+ miles & counting
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post #3 of 3 Old 02-14-2018, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Daniel, Hopefully, you never had reason to spray Gunk Engine Brite on any part of the exhaust?
Oh yes I did. Many times.

I am joking about the wife,...she's great, and lets me do whatever/whenever I want. My office has two doors, one is a "French" door (glass panels on the sides) that opens to the patio. I back up the bike to the door, and fire away. I don't take the bike completely out on the patio. Threshold is pretty high, and it takes two people to push the bike back in (I'll fix that by building a ramp this spring). French door is not wide enough for the handlebars (I can't DRIVE the bikes in), and I have to "fit" through, by "feeding" one side of the bars at the time (hopefully this came out understandable?).

Anyway,.....sitting here and typing, I just realized that it's 14th tomorrow! No time to start the bike tomorrow. After I'm done with my ranch chores, I have to drive to town, and surprise my wife at work with some roses, and a box of chocolate!!!

Well,...at least I can drain the Seafoam out of the carb (I don't want that stuff to sit in there too long).

That pretty much kills the middle of the day (well,.....after the delivery, I have to stop at my favorite bar for my Martini!). Back at the ranch by 4,........then some more ranch duties, and cooking dinner (candlelight dinner, bottle of Dom Perignon,......the works).

Life can be so hard sometimes............
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