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Is it necessary to remove the left engine guard/crash bar in order to remove the carburetors from my 82/1100 Interstate? (Please say no)

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Should not have to remove the crash bar. Of all of the carb jobs I have done I have never removed the crash bar.
 

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NO.

Satisfied?
 

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It's still no.
 

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Stu,...so your answer is ..NO... then..??:ROFL:
 

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BUT!!!!! it helps to loosen them a little and pull them out a bit..makes it easier but not required..depending on your jiggle and wiggle angles...:ROFL:
 

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Don't pull the bars. The Carbs will come out the left side. Make sure you remove the slide caps and springs from the right hand carbs. That will give you clearence.
 

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Carbs have been removed.

It looks as if I neglected to post a follow-up to this thread -- another reason to keep all my carb cleaning posts in one thread, as someone suggested.

The carbs are out now, and following the advice I got here, I didn't need to remove the engine guard. They have been dismantled and cleaned and are now almost ready for re-assembly. I still have two more vacuum chamber caps to polish. See below for progress.

Thank you all for your contributions; they're much appreciated.
 

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Be sure to clean up the inside of those caps and also the slides. Balled up aluminum foil makes a good thing to polish up both with. Then wash out any debris with some brake cleaner or something similiar. That will help the slides to move freely without sticking.
 

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Be sure to clean up the inside of those caps and also the slides. Balled up aluminum foil makes a good thing to polish up both with. Then wash out any debris with some brake cleaner or something similar. That will help the slides to move freely without sticking.
Thanks, Bellboy, I've got 'em good and clean. Soaked them in water and bathroom cleaner, boiled them, then used spray carb cleaner on 'em. Still need to chamfer the edges of the slide walls in the carbs where there is apparently a burr that scraped one of the slides' surfaces. But otherwise, they look great.
 
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