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Question Is there a way to safely clean carbs with out removing

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
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No. There is no magic elixir that will clean the neglect out of your poor bike. You're either going to have to rebuild the carb yourself, or pay someone to do it for you. While you're at it, you will also need to replace all your rubber lines and hoses, vacuum and otherwise including the brake lines due to age and rot. Old bikes can be fun, but getting them back on the road after being neglected for a long time is neither easy or inexpensive.

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Thanks . Brake lines are fine . Not gunk rust or rot. Clutch works great too. Replaced all the filters . Changed all fluids with syn. Gas tank clean no rust . Brand new battery . Not one blemish on bike . Oh and bike sat for so long cause I did three tours in Iraq . 2 tours in Afghanistan . Not that, that should matter
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The point of brake lines is that the rubber hoses are 20 years old by now and who knows how old the brake fluid is? Would you depend on there ability to not rupture in a critical panic situation when you need your brakes the most? Do it right the first time and you know its been done. And don't get me started on how old the tires may be that look good on visual inspection...

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The brake lines are recommended to be replaced every 2 years. Your tires are recommended to be replaced every 5 years, regardless of remaining tread left. The reason being that over time, heat, ozone, humidity and other atmospheric agents act to denature the rubber and cause it to break down and degrade. You risk the chance of a blow-out on your tires and complete brake failure due to sudden fluid pressure loss should you apply the front brake and the hose ruptures. Thank you for your service. Please consider the above recommendations carefully as your continued safety depends on it.

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I think you guys are highly paranoid. You know how many old cars are out there running old hoses and such? It's not like they are power brakes anyway.
I have a friend that rode his BMW R90 tires down to the cords- they were literally flying off the back tire.
My buddy at work just did the same thing- until the tire went flat on the way home from work.
Sure, sitting around is bad for the fuel system due to the varnish and other crap that gasoline turns to. Pull the carb off, take out the jets, and soak and spray out anything you can, and go run it.

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Thanks for your service and Thank God you came home safe. I just replaced the original tires on an 04 Volusia. The mechanic was surprised because he said they still have tread left on them. I've been told to keep checking the tire pressure and you should get good life out of your tires.
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Change the front brake line. Remove the carbs and clean. Remove front caliper and service. It has rubber seals in it. Change all rubber gas lines and vaccume lines. Install new air filter. Empty the gas tank and look inside with a light and a mirror. Change the oil. Change the rear end grease. Lube the rear axel. Lube the drive shaft. Install new tires. Just like in the Army.....If it moves lube it! That outa keep you busy for an afternoon or too! Do not skimp on any of the above. Ride safe.

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I think you guys are highly paranoid. You know how many old cars are out there running old hoses and such? It's not like they are power brakes anyway.
I have a friend that rode his BMW R90 tires down to the cords- they were literally flying off the back tire.
My buddy at work just did the same thing- until the tire went flat on the way home from work.
Sure, sitting around is bad for the fuel system due to the varnish and other crap that gasoline turns to. Pull the carb off, take out the jets, and soak and spray out anything you can, and go run it.
I just went though blown brake hoses on my Accord last fall. Let me tell you, having no brakes going down the hills around here is no fun. To be honest, as much as I hate the mandatory safety inspections here in Pa, they help to keep the duct tape and bailing wire deathtraps running around in Ohio off the road here... Paranoid? I prefer to think of it as prudence.

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I guess living in them thar hills does make a difference. In flat boring Ohio it isn't such a big deal, as long as one of your brakes works. I've had lines blow on my Buick, but typically there is warning, and having a dual master cylinder in a car means you always have at least 2 wheels able to brake.
Yeah, it's a good idea to check everything. Do I do it as often as I should? Nope. Riding a motorcycle is inherently dangerous. That's part of the fun.

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