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Greetings all. I recently purchased a '77 GL1000 w/75K miles on it. It had been parked in a garage for quite some time (last registered '95) - apparently with some gas left in it. The tank is empty but smells skunky. Even though I get spark from plugs, I suspect that the carbs are gunked up. While it wants to fire (but doesn't), I don't think that 2 of the carbs are getting any fuel. I would appreciate any suggestion which would help get fuel to the cylinder(s) without having to break it (them) down into components - in case there is something more serious wrong, such as valves, cam, crank, tranny, etc. Thank you in advance for any assist.
 

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Hey Olecranon,

:waving: :waving: Welcome to the BEST GOLDWING FORUM on the internet. :waving: :waving:

There will be someone along shortly to give you advice on your problem. Also, Redwing will be along after his nap to give you your official welcome.

I see that you are from Elk River, MN. My wife is from there and her parents and brother live there. We travel up there about 2 times a year for a visit. Very beautiful country up there.

Anyway, welcome and I hope you enjoy your time on the forum.:jumper:
 

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Where's Redwing? Probably on that 1800 loaner from next door...
 

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Renegade wrote:
Where's Redwing? Probably on that 1800 loaner from next door...
I think that he is napping and dreaming up a way to install a fairing and bags on his Honda 50 to make it look more like a wing.

I just wonder, what color is his Honda 50?
 

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Hi, congrats on your purchase. The absolute best advice i can give you is to go to Randall Washington's website. He has a techtips page, with a section on reviving an old bike. He is a certified mechanic and self-described 'wizard' at 1975-77 wings. There is an absolute wealth of info there. I would certainly suggest pulling the carbs and cleaning them and replacing the o-rings at least. You can also try running a can of Seafoam fuel treatment through the tank, as  per instructions. Also, Randall has an 'in-situ' method of running carb cleaner into the the fuel inlet of the carbs by hand. If there is actual rust sediment in your tank, you may never get the bike to run smoothly if that fine debris gets past the fuel filter. I was able to clean mine out without removing it, but not sure how effectively. His website is: http://www.randakks.com Welcome to your project bike.
 

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If it's been sitting that long with gas in it the carbs are probably gunked up.These carbs are a bit finicky even when everything is right, soI'd suggest a carb re-build. You don't have to take the carbs off the plenum... just take the tops and bottoms off of each carb and go from there. It's notvery hard if you keep things well-organized and super-clean.

Like mag said, go to Randall Washington's website. Great information on these bikes. He's a specialist when it comes to these carbs.
 

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Thank you all for the help! :clapper: I got the carb kits from Randall and spent the last week douching the carbs - one at a time. I also poured and let sit overnight about a gallon of carb cleaner (NAPA stuff) into the gas tank followed by an acetone rinse. This did a really nice job on the tank. Got the carbs back together this weekend and managed to start the bike. While I am certain that the carbs are out of sync (or at least I hope that is all) the bike runs better with the choke at least half the way out and the bike spits, backfires and will not idle anywhere close to what it ought to. It will idle down (eventually :X) but won't stay running. I did take it for a brief ride 'round-the- block a couple times and it does well (not great) under a load. Still wants to die at a stop. Any assist is appreciated.

Also, is there a good source for master cylinder kits out there? :baffled:

Thank you!
 

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:waving::waving:Welcome to the Best Goldwing Site on the Internet Olecranon!:waving::waving:

A couple of points to check are the vacuum lines, and airvalve. It also sounds like the carbs really might need a disassembly for cleaning.
 

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:waving:I, also am a rokie. I deal with a place in Canada that has very affordable carb kits: [email protected]. They seem to be a reputibla dealer, and have always had what I needed. If I can tear 'em down and get 'em right, you will have no problems with this. I went through the same thing, and this was the best (ONLY) answer.
 

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Carbs are clean (now). The vacuum lines are new and I re-built the air valve as well (Radak's kit). When I took it apart, the spring was missing so it appears that someone was in the carbs before me. :baffled:
 

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Didi you actually strip the carbs down, or just dip them? The GL1000 is a real pig to get running right and a proper stripdown is the way to go.
 

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Stripped them down, one at a time, took them apart, jets and all, and soaked them in carb cleaner overnite before blowing out ALL of the orifices. Assembled paying specific attention to location of jets.
 
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