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Post by jaded on Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:51 am

I just cleaned my carbs and tank for the 3rd time in a year. No easy chore, and I'm seriously considering trading Connie in for a new girl due to her issues. Each time it has happened the bike was not started for close to 2 months. Last go around I strictly ran non-ethanol gas afterwards to no avail. With the kind of work I do the bike sitting is unavoidable for me. So, if I got a fuel injected bike, would it solve this problem?
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Post by jughead on Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:21 am

Have you tried sea foam??
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Post by jaded on Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:23 am

I tried running some seafoam through it before I pulled the carbs this time. It didn't fix it, but put on one hell of a smoke show for me. Very Happy Or are you suggesting a maintenance routine?

Ya know I run my boat less than my bike, but always pull the gas line and let it run out of gas when before I park it. Have never had any trouble out of that thing.
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Post by 01YZF6 on Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:37 am

even the newer FI bikes have issues with ethanol gas.

I constantly read about fuel pumps, regulators, and cheap rubber lines having to be replaced, tank varnish is another issue too.

even using Sta-bil ethanol treatment only limits the amount of damage the gas does after sitting awhile.

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Post by DirtFreak on Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:51 am

Turn the gas off & drain the bowls before you let it sit. It's even better to turn the gas off & run the bowls dry. Your not supposed to do that with FI. It's not good to put air in the fuel rails.
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Post by jaded on Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:06 pm

well, if FI has issues too guess thats an expensive idea I can drop.

There may be a way to rig those bowls up, but as is- it's a nightmare trying to access all 4 drain screws. My bike also has a vacuum petcock, so running it out of fuel would require pulling and plugging that line.
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Post by jpg0511 on Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:49 pm

Just put a cut off line below the petcock and turn it off with the bike running. That should get the gas out of the carbs. That is what I alway done with my outboard motors
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Post by jaded on Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:36 pm

^ sounds like a good idea. I'll give it a try. Will see if I can find a valve this weekend.
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Post by KCS10247 on Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:41 pm

jpg0511 wrote:Just put a cut off line below the petcock and turn it off with the bike running. That should get the gas out of the carbs. That is what I alway done with my outboard motors
stay with the carb bike you can do so much more with them and a fuel injected bike has other things to worry about like fuel pumps that goes out
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