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Old 03-13-2011, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am getting ready to pull my carburetors off of my 98 Aero 1100 to clean them. The Haynes manual makes it seem much more complicated than it should be. It says to remove the tank and then to remove the crank case breather separator and then the air cleaner housing. (it sends you to a different part of the book for this) To remove the air cleaner housing it says to remove the side covers, battery, fuse box cover, ignition control module. Then remove the starter cable and ground cable from the battery box and then remove the battery box. Then it says remove the swing arm. Detach the crankcase breather hose. Remove the tool kit. Remove the bolts from the housing, remove the air intake duct,and then remove the fuel pump.
Then it says to detach all spark plug, clutch cable and hose clamps from the heads. Disconnect the fuel hoses, detach the the throttle cable from the pulley. Back off the choke cable. Loosen the insulator clamp screws and carefully work the carburetors from the insulators.
That seems like you have to remove a lot of parts to get to the carburetors.
Is it really necessary to remove all those parts just to get to the carburetors?
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Old 03-13-2011, 07:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I just pulled my carbs on my 97 Spirit last week. I didn't pull all that stuff on mine. Of course our bikes are different, so you may have to removeall that other stuff. On mine I did this....
remove seat....tank....side cover...crank filter and tank....radiator hose....choke cables....throttle cables...then loosen the clamps and remove the air intake snorkels...then the hoses and fuel lines....now loosen the rubber boots on the carb side....pry the carbs out and remove from the top...Will take some wiggling and cussing but they should come. Good idea to label all the hoses you can so its easier to go back. Wouldn't hurt to take a pic of the whole thing before starting. Getting the small tank and crank filter back in was a bit of a pain because I forgot how it went in.
Cant imagine having to remove the swing arm to get the carbs out....
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That is kind of what I thought.
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Yours may be a bit different than mine, but on the 1100 Spirits, just unhooking the choke cables, hoses and throttle linkeage is about all that's needed to get the carbs out. It's complicated, but once you do it a few times, it's a piece of cake.
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Go to the stickies on the general discussion page and download the honda manual. That should give you a good procedure too. Better than the Haynes you have most likely.
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Just downloaded it and the process is very similar to the spirit at first glance. Not as crazy as your manual shows.
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Thanks for the link.
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No problem. I have a haynes for reference but it's horrible in comparison to Honda's manual. Should make your life much easier.
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