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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-11-2019, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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New owner vs. carbs

Greetings y’all! I just picked up a 2002 VN750 with only 3k miles last weekend. It sat for a decade so I dove right into the carbs and got them squeaky clean. All I can say is holy hell. It felt like a wrestling match for awhile but I got them in and out with a ton of patience, curse words, and frequent beer breaks. It was running and riding excellent when I took it out for maybe 5 miles around town. Today I got it registered and insured and took it out to have some fun. Two miles down I stop at a red light and she died. Doesn’t want to idle without staying on the throttle but I got it home. Looks like I’m going back in and trying to find room for a fuel filter in there. Wish me luck. Cheers!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-11-2019, 09:35 PM
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I looked for places for fuel filters and decided against it.
Not room for big enough filters and lines looked like they would end up going up hill, which is no good.
The important thing is to make sure the petcock filter is good.

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I got the carbs pulled again and noticed the petcock is leaking now after filling up yesterday. Ordering a rebuild kit and will clean it all back out again. It’s amazing how easy it was to get the carbs out after reading through the forums!
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Petcock problems can drive you crazy. If the petcock is leaking (usually a tiny stream spraying from the side) it was probably also leaking fuel into the vacuum line. That really messes with your idle.

BTW: You would really be surprised at how easy the carbs are to remove when the air box is no longer there. Check out the Ear-Shave postings.
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Petcock problems can drive you crazy. If the petcock is leaking (usually a tiny stream spraying from the side) it was probably also leaking fuel into the vacuum line. That really messes with your idle.

BTW: You would really be surprised at how easy the carbs are to remove when the air box is no longer there. Check out the Ear-Shave postings.
I'm all about the earshave, but the BEST thing I pulled away from your comment is in your signature...modifying the original air filter boxes to hold gloves and tools...GENIUS!
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I'm all about the earshave, but the BEST thing I pulled away from your comment is in your signature...modifying the original air filter boxes to hold gloves and tools...GENIUS!
JimFavors Do you have pictures?!? THIS IS GENIUS!

I did an earshave, while retaining the stock airbox. I wanted to be able to go back if I didn't like it. Now it seems I'm sitting on a glovebox and didn't even know it!


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I don't want to hijack this thread so I posted a new thread describing how I converted my filter housings into glove boxes. I included five photos.
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Apparently as a junior member I have to have 10 postings before I can post with photos. Otherwise the posts mysteriously vanishes, as mine did.

So you will just have to be patient until I make 5 more posts.

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