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I want to buy a gauge to sync carbs on my 85 Aspencade..what is it I ask for at the NAPA or parts store? Are they a simply used tool?

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The most inexpensive way to go zonk is to buy a pair of vacuum gauges from Harbor Freight, cost you around $20 for the pair.

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Thanks..just a regular set of vacumn gauges oor am I looking for something specific in them?

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Just plain ordinary vacuum gauges like these I got at Harbor Freight for $10 each.


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Thanks..just a regular set of vacumn gauges oor am I looking for something specific in them?
Take a look at these: (top left)

http://www.salocal.com/goldwing/goldwing_tech.htm

You can make them much cheaper yourself, but the difference with a "set" is they have four RESTRICTER VALVES. What the restrictor valves do is close the air down to indepentantly smooth each gauge. Without the restrictors the gauge jumps quite a bit and by using the extra valves you can setttle down the needles to make them much easier to read. I've got this same 4 guage set,sure am glad I've got'em.


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You canmake adjustable restrictors by inserting an acquarium needle valve in each of the two vacuum tubes. Then by screwing down the needles you can have as much or as little restriction as you want. The valves are cheap and available at anyplace that sells pet supplies. My synchronizer is made up of those two gauges mounted on a piece of wood (alas I did varnish it) with the needle valves located about six inches below the gauges. Total cost less than $25 and it works fine. When I get it back froma friend who borrowed itI'll post a picture.

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Hey Paul, is there any advantage to having 4 gauges instead of just 2 so you could sync all carbs at the same time? I am considering building a sync this winter and was considering using 4 gauges.

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Four gauges should speed up the operation some. You'd have to calibrate the gauges before hand by hooking them all up to the same vacuum source to make sure they all read the same, if they didn't a piece of tape with the correction factor on the affected instrument will take care of it. My two gauges read almost exactly the same when tee'd together. I use two since I only have two carbs but will use the two gauge set up when I get ready to set up the carbs on the 1100. Main reason, I'm cheap.

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A 4 gauge set is usually not much more expensive than a dual set and it does make balancing the carbs faster. I wouldn't spend too much money on a set unless you plan on doing a lot of work, a set of gauges will last a lifetime if not abused.


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Hey Paul, do you happen to have the Part Number of those gauges? I have been looking for them but cannot seem to locate them on the HF website.

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