Originally Posted by cegodsey
A maintenance free battery will take care of the starting, but that missing sound...
Why do you say you know it's a fuel problem? You got it over a month ago, was it running ok then, except for the leak?
It hadn't been running at all. The previous owner noticed a leak in the tank, pulled it off, and braized it. Unfortunately, he did not get the entire leak. There was still some fuel leaking between the bottom of the tank and the flange that bolts onto the frame. He found this out when he put it back together put some gas in it and took it out. He basically ran out of time (he was on assignment for an overseas assignment). I bought it at this point, and fixed the remaining leak.
Once I got it fixed, I had a hard time starting it, but I think that was due to a weak battery. I have taken to leaving it on a trickle charger when I'm not riding it...Though I will be getting a sealed battery soonest. When I first got it to the point of running it, it would run until warmed up, then die and take 10 or 15 minutes to get back to the point where it would start again. This appears to be a logical progression of events. And I guess it could be from crap in the tank, as the fuel levels get lower, blocking the screen...
Assuming it is fuel system related, you oughta go ahead and pull the carbs and clean 'em. If the tank developed a leak, it had to be really rusty inside. That dying when you give it gas has to be a clogged jet. Pulling the carbs will also give you a chance to inspect the intake boots for cracks and such.
I plan to, but since I am so new to this, I am looking for someone who knows this stuff...Preferably on Vulcans. For this very reason. I wouldn't have known to check the intake boots, even if I had done the carbs.
Oh, NICE JOB ON THE RECORDING!
Thanks! Being a techno-geek has its advantages sometimes.