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After attempting to rebuild my gl1000 carbs for the third time I have given up - runs okay - but the gas mileage is horrific. I have bought a single carb conversion manifold & carb - unfortunately came with no instruction. I am wondering about the electric choke setup -how to wire it? Or should I just hook up a manual choke to it. Also looks like a pre heater or something like that at the bottom of the carb - is that needed? I will only be running it in warm weather. Any instructions / advice would be appreciated.
 

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I think a manual choke will be easier to hook up and deal with, then trying to figure out a electric choke setup.,,
 

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A picture of your conversion would help in my opinion.
Too many conversions out there for a simple answer ...from me, anyway.
 

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Thanks - I will try to get some photos on tomorrow - I am a little technically challenged - I have them on my i-phone and can send as e-mails - not quite sure how to put them on here. Would try to figure it out today - but the wife just pulled in with the truck - am going out to figure out how to replace the cv joint in an Avalanche - I probably wont be back on forum till tomorrow.
 

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Electric choke

I'm assuming the carb already has an electric choke with a male spade connector on it.

All I did is run a wire that's hot when the ignition is on and a ground wire to the carb body. I used the acc. terminals under the fuse cover for my 12V source.

Worked fine.

Rayjoe
 

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It is a VW type carb - I did buy on E-Bay - new set up. Went back & looked at the listing - and it was supposed to include instructions - seller must have missed them - I have asked him to send them - so I should be on the road soon. Thanks for the info on electric choke - just what I needed - I should be able to get that done now - just figure out the heat element - I would think that I should be able to run the choke and heat element on seperate fuse - I hope I've made the right choice. Just spent way too much down time with carb issues - just want to get some road time in.
 

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Heater at bottom of carb? Is it the solenoid on the VW34-3pict carb u are calling a heater? Just asking.....If it is, just run a jumper wire from choke to solenoid.
 

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Too late now but sending your carbs to be redone professionally like to Pistol Pete not cheap but cheaper than most single carb set ups.
 

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Too late now but sending your carbs to be redone professionally like to Pistol Pete not cheap but cheaper than most single carb set ups.
BS, RB.
We've a sticky thread saying different.
It is too late now, ...but assembling his own from that thread would've been cheaper than what he bought.

But you're right about a Pro being the expensive route.
 

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Thanks DKL - it is a VW 34 carb- the little brass colored doodad at the bottom is a solenoid? I was unsure on that. As to sending the current carbs off to an expert - I followed the book - twice had them apart, installed new parts with limited success. I then took them to a friend who is factory trained Suzuki mechanic - he went through them - and while they do run slightly better than when I did them - gas mileage is ridiculous. I explored the option of sending them off to " an expert" but the lowest cost I found was over $600 in canada , in US about $800 canadian. $300 for a new VW carb and manifold seems more reasonable to me - I have already spent way more than that on parts etc for the originals with no success. I had a $1000 bike - that ran pretty good when I got it - it only has 40,000 miles on it - but I have reached the end of what I want to spend on it. If the VW carb thing works - I will likely get several more years of enjoyable travel out of it. If not I will pull the old 750 back into daily use - those carbs have given me no grief at all.
 

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If ur after a daily rider, the VW set-up will serve you well, be reliable, and have more torguey fun......If u want to set a speed record at the salt flats do something else.
 
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