Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Milledgeville, Georgia
I think once you slip the choke cable out of the bracket you have enough slack to remove it from the carbs. It's best to put it back when the carbs are back between the cylinders but not yet bolted in so that you can move them around and reconnect the choke cable. You should plan on replacing all vacuum and fuel lines too. Cut the new fuel lines the same length as the old ones or they may crimp. Since the tank will be off you should drain and inspect it and remove the petcock to check the fuel screens. The screen on the reserve side of my petcock had come off and was rolling around in the tank. As a result unfiltered fuel went in when I went to reserve and guess what? Off come the carbs again. I saw several petcocks on eBay with the reserve screen missing so its apparently a fairly common problem.
By the way, I think the manual says to not soak the carb bodies in carb cleaner because some plastic parts can be damaged so I'd be careful about that.
Remove the plates from the coasting enricher diaphragms and inspect the diaphragms. One of mine was completely deteriorated.
Once all this is done and your bike runs perfectly again, avoid ethanol fuel if at all possible. Your carbs and your patience will thank you for it.
2002 VN 750, stock except for accessories
Super Bright LED brake strobe on trunk
About 25k miles
All drive train maintenance performed, drive shaft coupler replaced
Way more experienced at pulling VN 750 carbs than I ever wanted to be.
TOC ACCT rebuild kits installed
Pick up coil mod
Cooling system flushed, refilled with fresh coolant
VN sold, current steed Honda ST 1300