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Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Monroe, LA
Welcome. I recommend installing in line fuel filters between the tank and carbs. It's easier when the tank is off, but can be done with difficulty with the tank on. Keeps you from having to worry about crud in the tank from ever getting to the carbs once they're clean. I used the small, conical, see through type with the sintered brass cylinder filter. If you get this type, install it with the end of the cylinder pointing towards the tank. That way you can see what is being trapped by the filter, and also remove and flush them as needed. Got mine from ORileys for about $3 each. They were on a card in the front of the store.
Once your tank is clean, topping it off after riding minimizes the amount of trapped air that holds the moisture that condenses out and settles in the bottom of the tank. Periodic use (say every third tank) of SeaFoam in the gas removes water, stabilizes fuel and removes varnish deposits. If you haven't used it, you'll read a lot about it here; truly a miracle drug for engines!
I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
1989 VN750 acquired December, 2008, 6,711 miles
Currently 23,298 miles
2001 Honda CMX250 Rebel acquired July, 2008
1987 VN750 project bike, acquired August, 2009, 33,000 miles and balancer sticking out of the case, currently awaiting attention and parts