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I just got my 1100 carbs from an Ebay seller and wanted to start work on them. my Haynes manual is not the best. Does anyone have a better suggestion? should I get the Honda service manual or is there an intrepid individual who has put all this up on the net? Many thanks!
 

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The best manual in my opinion is the Honda service manual. The following website has some great advice on rebuilding GL1000 carbs. Much of his general advice can be applied to your 1100.

http://www.randakks.com/
 

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Anyone have a service manual they would like to sell? /forums/images/emoticons/emoticonsxtra/action.gif
 

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I just finished overhauling my GL1100 Carbs from my 82 Aspencade. Pulled it off without any problems. The Honda service manual is O.K., but it not all inclusive. Here are a couple of pointers I learned:

1. DONOT reuse any rubber o-rings or gaskets! Spend the money for the Honda OEM gasket kit ($35 per carb). Got mine from powersportpro.com. Comes with every gasket and o-ring, even carb to plenum O-rings, plus carb cap gasket. Carb rebuild kits don't usually come with these. All my gaskets were hard as rocks. Don't forget to order new intake manifold o-rings (saber cycle has a set).

2. Order 4 air cut-off valves now. Mine were all rotted out from age. These are available on e-bay cheaper. Get an accelerator pump from the #3 carb also.

3. My carbswerevery dirty. Covered with varvish...butterfly valves were gummed up.I soaked them all overnight in parts cleaner, but had to use many cans of carb cleaner spray to get the varnish off. Use enormous amounts of high pressure airon all passages.

4. Organization isthe key. I set up a table in the garage and layed everything out. I used cups for the small parts. Obviously donot mixup any parts with other carbs.

5. If you remove the carbs from the air plenum (I did because it's easier to clean the carbs)be very carefull the aluminum pipe setsbetween thecarbs. They break very easily. I know because mine broke and they are discontinued with Honda.

6. If your carbswhere well synched before, donot mess with the butterfly valve adjustments. When I hooked mine back upI didn't have to adjust anything.

7. If you are not replacing the pilot valves, be sure to count the number of turns they wereset at before you remove them. This will save you having to readjust them later. Don't forget to remove the little rubber o-rings which will be mashed into the pilot valve holes. I had to pick mine out with a small nail. Be careful not to damage the hole.

That's all I can think of now. Good Luck, hope thishelps.
 

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cardkev, you're the man! mana  for you!/forums/images/emoticons/cool.gifI do have some very basic questions, though.  For example, which are the main and secondary jets, the idle circuit, etc. Does the Honda service manual illustrate this?thanks.
 

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Also, make certain that you do not mix up the vacuum pistons/sliders when reassembling - make sure you put them all back in the correct carb.

J M Wolfe
 

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sanfelice wrote:
cardkev,you're the man! mana for you!/forums/images/emoticons/cool.gifI do have some very basic questions, though. For example, which are the main and secondary jets, the idle circuit, etc. Does the Honda service manual illustrate this?thanks.

Sorry for the the slow response, didn't look at this over the weekend. My Honda service manual doesn't illustrate this, As far as I know, the main jet is the one that protrudes furthestinto the bowl. Theupper end of this passage houses the needle from the slide. The secondary should be the one next to it. The smaller jetis recessedinto the passage.
 

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