Alternatives to carb rebuild?
I'm posting this to get a sanity check from you all for my '85 VN700...
I talked to a mechanic yesterday, and described my sypmptoms to him. In a nutshell, when I bought the bike, the tank leaked. It had been ridden a couple of hours in the last several months while they fixed the tank. I completed the fix, and put about 1/2 tank of gas in it. Initially, I was having the problem of it dying when warmed up, which got progressively worse. Now I can start it, but it will not stay running...And when I give it throttle, it dies. I have seen other posts with folks saying when the tank gets down to a certain level, it doesn't run right. I haven't tried filling it up yet.
In any case, the mechanic said that it sounds like the carbs need to be rebuilt. Since the bike is 21 years old and has 21k miles on it, it probably does need to be rebuilt. I told him that I had SeaFoam in the tank, and he stated that from the symptoms, at this point, any chemicals I use would probably not work, and in fact might actually do damage to the carbs. (I am using SeaFoam and had planned on blasting carb cleaner in the ears.) I told him that the bike had sat for the better part of this year. He said that in order for the carbs to get as screwed up as the symptoms indicated would require the bike to have sat for 1-2 years.
What I was wondering is whether this sounds valid. In general, I trust the owners of the shop, but have never met the mechanic...Though I have an implied trust in him through this shop. But all things being equal, I would rather get it running now (I wanna ride!) and have the carbs cleaned later (like over the winter). Is using carb cleaner going to damage anything? I'd do the rebuild now, but it looks like I may be buying a car in the near-to-mid future, my wife's explorer's transmission seems to be dying. So if there is any cheaper route to getting her running in the short-term that won't involve my having to completely replace the carbs later, I would love to hear it.
Last edited by storm16; 07-27-2006 at 05:24 PM.