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Old 10-22-2009, 11:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an 1989goldwing and needed some instruction on winterizing. Specifically, how do you drain the carb bowls?Are they accessible by just taking off the side covers?

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You need a flashlight (Torch) and a VERY long flat blade screwdriver. From the front of the bike look for the gaps in the grill between the radiators.

Shine your light into that gap and, in the murk, tubes and cables you will find a screw at the bottom of each carb. Loosen each screw (1-2 turns) and watch the fluid go all over the floor.

Best done with the engine cold.

Don't forget to retighten the screws afterwards.
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Hi Bobm.........maybe it would be easier to use a good quality fuel stabilizer . Stabilizer is generally able to prevent fuel from "rotting" for up to six months. Simply put the appropriate amount in the fuel tank (follow the instructions on the bottle) and run your engine for about 10-15 minutes which will fill the carb bowls with the treated fuel and you are done. Will also potect the fuel tank and will make spring starting easier.A brand known as STABIL has been used for years with excellent results..........GM
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Or you could try some Sea Foam

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Yup, I add some Sea Foam to the gas tank and run her for a few minutes, before shutting her off and putting her away(with a full tank of fuel)for the winter.

Come spring time, she fires right up.
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Also you don't have to worry about your gasket drying out and cracking. SeaFoam for my also.

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I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not,but my brother drains his by closing the petcock from the tank and starts his bike and lets it run out of gas so his float bowls are empty. I would think it may cavitate his fuel pump...
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I've never drained my carbs. Just fill or fill and add stabil. Same results next spring, it starts a litle hard unless I squirt some carb cleaner in the intake. That extra squirt helps a lot.
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Thank you everyone for the tips. Very helpful!
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I've never drained my carbs. Just fill or fill and add stabil. Same results next spring, it starts a litle hard unless I squirt some carb cleaner in the intake. That extra squirt helps a lot.
I don't drain mine either because they can still fur up inside. Stabil is a better idea IMHO.
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