Tandem Trips

Carb Wars: Episode Two, The Impact Hammer Strikes Back!

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on October 29, 2009

DSC00925So one of the two sets of extra carbs I had torn apart is back together, with major help from my pops. He used the best parts from each set and went to the Suzuki dealer for new jets and floats. In the end he compiled one set with 100% good parts. The other set is either going to be tricked out or tossed in the trash. We’ll figure that out after a parts inventory and examination.

The jets are 150s and the air bleeds are 17.5s. The original needles were reinstalled and shimmed with 0.023-inch thick washers between the e-clip and the plastic bushing. No washers were installed above the e-clips. An additional washer may be needed but we’ll wait until after installation for that. The  idle air bleed adjustment is set to two and one-half turns from bottom. All of the new parts are made by Mikuni American Corporation, the manufacturer of the carburetors.

So now I just need to swap them out with what’s on the bike. That will have to wait for a later date.

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Carb Wars: Episode 1, A New Project

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on January 1, 2009

I don’t remember how to rebuild carbs. I took auto shop in high school where I rebuilt a ton of them, but that was over a decade ago. So I bought myself a set of carbs to tear apart and rebuild.

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Cough! Weeze! Sputter!

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on November 18, 2008

My bike is having respiratory issues. I made the mistake of installing a K&N high performance air filter without oiling it or changing the fuel mixture. As a result I got a popping sound coming from the exhaust.

Okay, no big deal. I’ll just swap the filters back to how they were before. But now my interest has been piqued; how good is my fuel mixture, how does this system work, and most importantly, how can I hot rod this system?

So I went on SVR and found someone willing to part with a set of carburetors for super-cheep. More to come…

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