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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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86 gl1200i - Having difficulty getting carb cleaned enough to run

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I'm in the process of restoring an 86 gl1200i, and I had taken off the entire carb block, rebuilt the float bowls with new gaskets, jets and floats.

My issue is, is the bike still wont run, and I think it's because the carb is still clogged somewhere.

If i spray carb cleaner or starter fluid directly into the intake on top of the block itll start right up and idle until it burns it all. And I replaced the fuel pump so i know gas is trying to make it to the carb, but its clogged somewhere.

Gas makes it in because if I undo the drain plugs, gas rushes out, but it's not making it all the way through.

I've very painfully taken off the entire carb again. And I've started blowing air through everything to diagnose it.

One issue I'm having is, a previous owner removed the plugs to get to the idle screws, and when I turn them counter clock wise to loosen them thet back al the way out but wont come out. They just spin. They'll spin tight but once they're closed they dont come out. How can I get them out to clean them?

Also the two main jets inside the float bowl, do these get tightened all the way? Or do they only get turned in x amount of times?

Anyone have any tips on how to really clean this thing? And tips on reassembly? Thanks
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Do you have the air filter installed?
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Do you have the air filter installed?
To be honest when I was trying I did try and put the filter on, but not the plastic covers that go over top / around it
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Gravity should get the mixture screws out. The main jets screw all the way in and you need to take the idle jets out and clean them too.

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The mixture screws have O rings on them which give it a snug fit, tug on them with a small pair of needle nose pliers to remove. Take note of the washer and spring in there.

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