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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-18-2007, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Please help!!

Okay I am going to start off by admitting that I am brand new to this and am not afraid to admit it or ask for help. This is the first bike I have owned since owning a brand new crotch rocket back in '96. My 750 is a 1995.

I bought this bike very cheap and knew that it wasn't running when I bought it. The previous owner had bought it but never really done anything with it though he said it was running when he had bought it 2 years prior. The tank was rusted almost completely out and beyond repair. I salvaged the petcock and cleaned that up to seemingly perfect order. I just bought a used tank with a tiny bit of surface rust but mainly just a dust cover then actual rust. I replaced the plugs, changed the oil, and then installed the tank.

I do not have an owners manual so this is the part where I am stuck. I am not sure if there is a choke or something like that to assist in getting the fuel into the engine. I am not entirely sure which was is fuel, reserve, and off on the petcock. The engine attempts to start but will not actually catch and I am not sure if fuel is even getting to the engine or not. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I would like to know if there is a choke or primer for the engine and if there is anything that I obviously overlooked. When attempting to start it I have it in neutral and am holding the the clutch in. It has been a long time so maybe that is something that I am doing wrong or overlooking.

Also, does anyone possibly know somewhere I can maybe download the owner manual by chance? I already have the service manual but that doesn't go over the little obvious points like the different setting on the petcock and how to properly start the bike. I hope I am not coming off too unknowing. Thanks!!
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http://tocmanufacturing.com/Files%20...nd%20Parts.pdf

thats link to manual. maybe you connected wrong lines on tank. you want the arrow pointing to on on the petcock. choke is on left hand grip. pull it towards you to set choke.
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http://tocmanufacturing.com/Files%20...nd%20Parts.pdf

thats link to manual. maybe you connected wrong lines on tank. you want the arrow pointing to on on the petcock. choke is on left hand grip. pull it towards you to set choke.

I will check the choke out. I will also double check the lines to make sure they are properly connected. I already have the service manual, I was hoping that maybe the owners manual might be online somewhere as well. Is there a way to tell if gas is getting into the engine or not? I really appreciate the help.

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guess 1st you need to check that its getting to the carbs.
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The positions on the petcock is as follows:

Lever down : On
Lever forward: Reserve
Lever back: Off

It should be printed on the petcock. Might be hard to see if it was in bad shape.

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The choke is on the Left grip next to the turn signal switch.

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I will check the choke out. I will also double check the lines to make sure they are properly connected. I already have the service manual, I was hoping that maybe the owners manual might be online somewhere as well. Is there a way to tell if gas is getting into the engine or not? I really appreciate the help.
Kirk, you can try draining the float bowls on your carbs - that'll let you know if any fuel made it outta the tank or not (if you turn the screw and nothing comes out, then answer is "no"). Just an FYI on the petcock hookup - the center lead out of the petcock is your vacuum lead, and should go to your front cyl vacuum port. The two side leads are for your fuel, and they can go to either carb. Make sure those are on good and snug, esp the vacuum line.

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Okay I am stuck now, seems maybe flooded or not getting enough gas or maybe just because the bike has been sitting for so long. I got it to turn over and finally catch and it idled but struggled like it was was getting enough gas or maybe oxygen. It rand for about 10 seconds and died. It wouldn't catch so I let it sit for about 2 minutes and it started but died almost immediately. Any suggestions? I am too excited to be down...I have finally heard what it sounds like. I am sure that it can't be too much more to get it going sem-decent enough to play with the idle and what not.
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You need to rebuild those carbs. I bet they are loaded with crap. You could try the easy way first. Get yourself a can of Sea Foam, and dump half of it in the tank. Drain the carb bowls until your sure your getting the gas/seafoam mix. Let it sit for a day then try to start it. Thats the cheapest thing that you can do first. Did you replace the spark plugs yet?
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Ok this is weird and frustrating. I let it sit for about 10 minutes and then went back out to try it again. It wouldn't start and I noticed a puddle of gas dripping on the left side of the bike (if you are sitting on the bike it would be your left side) by the center stand. I am guessing a bad hose or something but the new issues is that I just had my battery recharged and now it is dead again. How can I trouble shoot a problem with the battery losing its charge? Any ideas on a hose that would be near the center stand? I didn't see anything obvious and now that the battery is dead I cannot try again to see where the gas is leaking from.
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