Today, I took Vanessa over to a buddy's house who knows a little more about bikes than I do, granted he's a Harley man but he's nice and offered to help me look the bike over to eliminate the remaining issues I have with the carbs.
When we pulled the tank off, we started looking around and he noticed a small nozzle sticking up from between the carbs. He said that appeared to be the issue and that there should be a hose attached to it. We looked in the Clymer, and sure enough, there was a diagram that showed a hose that appeared to run from this nozzle to the right side air filter- even though neither of us could see where the hose was supposed to connect. He had a spare length of hose around that we slipped over the nozzle and as he looked around a little more he said everything else looks to be in good shape, so we put the tank back on (with the length of hose sticking out the right side), put her back together and fired her up. As she warmed up, he showed me that this was in fact a breathing tube of some sort- he explained it but I really don't remember what he called it. He showed me that by plugging this hose, the idle rose to about 3500-4000RPMs then died. Then we started mucking with the air mix screws again and she just got more and more upset! For the first time, I got to see flames shooting from my pipes... I neither liked the look nor the pop pop poping sound that worsened after he started messing with the mix screws.
He said he is friends with the guy who kept Vanessa for the 55 days while he worked on her over the summer and said he would have a chat with him next time they saw each other. He also mentioned that while it sounds like the carbs are synced correctly, there is something about the sound from the pipes that makes him thing they're a little off kilter. We spent about 3 hours messing with the mix screws and BOTH pipes are popping terribly on decel after she gets above about 4000RPM
He said since we have no way to know for sure what's going on with the carbs, he wants to pull them off the bike and tear them down- looks like I'm going to do my first carb rebuild- THANK GOD I'll have someone who knows what they're doing.
So I'm going to read my Clymer this evening and start tearing her down.. looks like I might be done riding for the season. If any of you have suggestions as to the "easiest" way to tear this thing down or any tips for getting the carbs out, I would greatly appreciate it. I'm extremely nervous, but I decided I am going to tear her down in my garage and just take the carbs over to his house. There is just something about leaving my bike in someone else's garage that I don't like. Plus I learn better when I do things on my own and he's the type who likes to jump in and do the work, so I fear I won't learn anything if I let him do it for me and that's just not how I roll!
I'll thank you all again for your input, guidance, and experience. I'm sure those of you who I've spoken to on the phone will be getting some panic calls from me soon enough as I find myself in new territory.
Here's to yet another adventure with the sled!
And to get your opinion, since I'm tearing these things off, is it worth jumping into doing the ear shave? I really like the look of the bikes I've seen here that have done it and I dislike the big ears more and more each day.. what are your thoughts there?