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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-13-2019, 06:13 PM
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I can CONFIRM that a 1988 - 1989 doesn't have a vent hose connected to the gas cap. Have friends with both years....!

Based on what I saw in the Honda fiche, the 1990 - 1991 did not have the vent hose.

But maybe the Honda fiche is incorrect, wouldn't be the first time for them or myself.

Bluthunder, I just have to ask, are you the original owner of the 1991...??

Any chance the gas cap could have been changed since new with a later year gas cap....??

Stranger things have happened........!!

Yep, one owner, , ME, , drove it off the showroom floor. It IS a California bike though, , maybe the emission crud required a vent hose on it, , just dunno.
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Does it have pressure when you remove the gas cap

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I think a real good candidate would be the gas petcock. I have a ‘95 1500, and I get the same thing and I’m pretty sure that’s what the problem is. You will either have to replace it or get a rebuild kit for it.

What would we do without hypothetical questions?
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I have an 89 with vent hose, as it is a Calif model.
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I had a 93 without the hose. I vote for the petcock being your problem. How is the gas mileage? When I bought mine I was 200 miles from home. I filled up about half way home and was getting low again when I got home.

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wouldn't a stuck float cause it to run poorly?
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200 ish to a tank full
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petcock rebuild kit should be here today
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I had a 99 GL1500 with a heavy gas smell. I finally traced it down to a seeping carburetor bowl. It wouldn't leak enough for any fuel to show up on the engine or anywhere else. I got fed up with it, so I removed the shelter and took flashlight and found the culprit. Had to remove carbs, but didn't rebuild them. Just removed the bowls and put a thin layer of gas, oil resistant Permatex Ultra Black on the bowls. Worked for me. If the petcock rebuild kit doesn't do the trick, this might. Beware though, a lot of labor to get to the carbs and remove.

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