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I had the bike in the shop prior to me posting . All lines . All fluids . All filters . And brakes are in perfect shape . Tires are brand new . Put over 100 miles on it . Gas tank is perfect . It has been a cold natured bike since new . The carbs are just slightly gummed up . Going to have profess. Cleaned . Just wanted to know if there was anything I could try prior to going that route . Oh bike also passed state inspection with flying colors
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You could try a bottle of a good fuel system cleaner, and then run the crap out of it on the highway for some miles, but if the idle circuit is what is clogged then it probably won't help (and it sounds like that is the case). You might have the shop rejet it for you in the process, because it's probably lean, which is why it is cold blooded.

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Question Ok so I pulled the carbs

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Ok so I pulled off the carbs ( what a pain in the [email protected]&) cleaned them and reinstalled . Now I can start bike with out using choke . Has and ok idle . But my issue now is can not go over 55 ? Before I was able to go way faster than that . I did not mess with any screws or adjustments . Except for removing throttle cable and sync cable . Is something out of adjustment ?
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You probably still have crap in the carb. Before it was probably in the idle circuit. Now your main jet is probably plugged up. Stuff breaks loose and gets stuck in the small places. Did you remove the main jet and spray cleaner in there?
Try a bottle of a good fuel system cleaner and run it hard for a while. You might get lucky.

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Turn your adjusting screws in gently and right down the number of turns out it was. Then carefully remove the adjusting screws and spray Gumout thru the holes to clean out the gunk in the hole for the needle adjusting screw. Clean the adjusting screws with Gumout and reinstall using the number of turns you wrote down as the starting place for your final adjustment. This is of course on top of running Gumout or some other cleaner thru the carb and spraying wherever you have access which you have already done. Spraying the actual adjusting holes really can work magic with a troublesome carb. And Carbs can gum up way faster than you would imagine.

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Many carbs gradually have the adjusting holes gradually gummed up by gas. From little weed eaters, chain saws, motorcycle, to cars and trucks removing the carb adjustment screws and spraying the holes with Gumout can solve many problems. Always remember to write down the number of turns to the bottom to make final adjustment easier. If you have been adjusting the carb over the years the adjustment with a clean passage will be a bit more to the right (towards the bottom) allowing for your bigger clean hole. Often you can just back the adjusting screw out a little to restore proper carb operation after minor gumming but it's best to just clean the adjusting hole with a good spray of GumOut. Gas gradually gumming up cabs has lead many to believe there carb was set too lean at the factory rather than gas gumming in adjusting passages has reduced gas flow leaning the carb.

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My carb adjusting tool required to adjust the carb on newer small engines looks like a small nut driver with a round head an little grooves inside to match the heads on the adjusting screws. Generally available on line each small engine is likely to need a different special tool. It's all a plan to keep you from tampering (fixing) your small gas engines.

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Hello I have a 95 Suzuki intruder 800 . Has low miles on it . Only 5k . Since it has been sitting for 8 years . I know nothing about carbs or how to clean them ? Bike runs and starts , but I have to run full choke . Even after warm up . If I push choke all the way in she will run as. Long as I'm on the throttle, if I let go she stalls a few seconds later . I need some help and advice that has been tried and proven
I know this is an old post but I have the same situation. 95 Suzuki Intruder 800, 6000 miles but has been idle for about 6 years. It starts and will idle but needs some help with the choke. Stalls when I try to give it some gas. Were you able to get your bike running again?[/SIZE]
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I am going to add my voice to the folks that say replace the fuel, vacuum and brake lines and replace the tires. All good advice and you're betting your life on them every time you ride. Changing fluids and lubing up everything is also good advice and will add longevity and reliability to the bike.

My two cents is to run several tanks of gas with 1/2 a can of Seafoam in each. It will clean up the fuel system and remove any varnish build up in the tank and lines. Bike might run like crap initially, but will clear up as you burn up all the impurities.

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You can also drain the fuel from the float bowls and pour seafoam in the fuel line until it fills the float bowls and let it sit for a few hours, a day or couple of days.
Drain the seafoam and add some seafoam and fresh gas in the tank and ride it around. It may help or it may not if the jets are really plugged but it's worth a shot.
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