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I have just replaced the carbs on my gl1100. After adjusting the floats using a very ingenious method I learned about from Naked Golding's site. I have re-installed them on the bike but it would not start. I pulled the plugs and they were all soaked. I thought I may have fouled the plugs somewhere along the way so I replaced them but still have the same problem. I dry the plugs and blow out the cylinders before trying to start again but it still just gives a quick little pop right atfirst then just cranks with no further attempt to start.
 

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Just what is this very ingenious method of setting the floats? It may not have worked.
 

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I can't see that without logging in and can't do that without registering and it won't let me register.
 

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Personally I think that ingenious method with gravity is meant more tocheck to see if the needle seats are holding. I think its probably a good idea before installation but Did you actually set the floats at 15.5 mm first.If you just use the ingenious method you should measure the cc of fuel that is in each bowl. JB
 

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You may be right about setting the floats using this method but I still don't understand why the plugs are getting soaked?
 

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lots and lots of good stuff there.
 

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Was the bike running before the rebuilt carbs were put on? Do you have good fire at all four plugs?

That way of setting the floats is as good as any other.
 

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The motor did start very reliably. It just did not idle well due to someone messing up the idle jets. That is why I had to replace the carb bodys.
 

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Just how much "adjusting" did each carb take?
 

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The amount of adjustment is a great concern of mine. I had to set the floats way lower than the 15.5 mm that is speced out. With the floats set at 15.5 mm the carbs would overflow and gas come out into the carb. I don't know what to make of it.
 

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DaveO430 wrote:
I can't see that without logging in and can't do that without registering and it won't let me register.
Yeah, that site is a little quirky. I finally got registered but it was a hassle. Here's the pic I think he's talking about.
 

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Yes, this is the pic. The procedure worked fine. The floats are just way off from the 15.5 mm.
 

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Remember the adjustment is made when the float tang just touches the needle, not the compressed little spring on the needle. That's why Randakk has a picture of the carbs almost vertical. That way there isn't the full weight on those little springs.
 
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