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Carb Rebuild Questions
Posted 19 November 2003 - 09:28 AM
Posted 19 November 2003 - 09:41 AM
I have rebuilt Solex, the dreaded three-plate Zeniths, Strombergs, SUs, Amal, Mikuni, and others. In all instances, I use butcher paper from a roll at one end of my bench, unwinding the paper and working on fresh paper on a regular basis. This is what prevents bits from jamming jets or hanging up floats. Just be clean and get a good manual and you are home free.
Finally, never drill out a venturi or jet. You will NEVER get the flashing off the rim of the new hole or get the hole set to the proper dimension or angle. Trust me on this one!
Best of luck,
EDIT: It should take you a long afternoon. More with beer.
Posted 23 January 2004 - 08:01 PM
I'm going to replace all the vacuum hoses while I am at it, any idea how many feet i'll need? (87 gl, d/r 5sp, cruise contrl)
any further suggestions, or anything particular to our carbs I should know about?
PS how'd the rebuild go goatboy?
Posted 23 January 2004 - 11:20 PM
Seriously, with that kind of experience you should have little troubles. Just follow the directions with the kit.
Be sure to remove any corrosion on the manifold/carb mating surfaces as coolant circulates there to warm it up. Now is a good time to replace those coolant hoses if questionable as they are a PITA to get at when the carb is on. They are notorious for developing pin-hole leaks that are about impossible to find.
It's helpful to take pix of where all the vacuum hoses go beforehand. It's easy to mix them up on installation.
Posted 24 January 2004 - 10:19 AM
The most important thing is to keep your parts in order during dissassembly and cleaning. It's easy to get things crossed up if you are not careful. This means lots of baggies and coffee cans. This tends to slow things to a crawl, so be prepared to put some time into the job.
The carb kit is very important too. Some of them cover many models, and have extra parts that can cause confusion. Try to find the right kit for your model.
When you get it back together, you have to deal with adjustments. I think the Hitatchis are hard to tweak, but then again I'm no expert.
I would encourage you to take a stab at it, and hope for the best. Rebuilding a spare would be ideal so that you can keep your OEM intact. Then, if the rebuild doesn't work out, you can have your original rebuilt by a pro, and still be in good shape.
good luck, John
Posted 26 January 2004 - 02:11 PM
The rebuild went well, but of course with all those vacuum hoses it took way longer than expected. Just labeling them and getting the carb free of them took up a good chunk of time. tonight the carb goes back in and all those hoses get replaced...
wish me luck!
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