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Old 04-07-2012, 10:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 86 VT1100 has over 50,000 miles on the clock....It was last titled in
2010...and it had 33,000 on the clock than...in nearly two yrs the PO put
nearly 20,000 miles on the clock...That seems like alot of miles...From the
present condition of the bike...They were hard miles...
It took a little work but I got her running...And to be honest...It don't sound have bad...I'm having a time getting filter housing and carb boots back on the
carbs...Is there a trick to it...the front bolt piece on the filter housing won't let
drop down so I can attach them to the carbs...I am getting ready to check out
the cooling system...I am hoping some body can provide some hints on how to check out the cooling system to make sure its functioning right...Thanks
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Old 04-08-2012, 11:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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On the carb boots....

I got them a little wet before I put them on. Just a tiny bit of water for lubrication.

Back in the day, on my 360, I would put a tiny bit of grease on the carb to help the boot slide on.
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Get yerself some Plumber's Silicone Grease - usually available at any decent hardware place. It is thicker than the SilGlyde stuff they sell at NAPA and works great to lube up rubber parts. Also, it does NOT dissolve in gasoline like petroleum grease will...
If the carb rubbers are really hard from years of cooking, you might buy some new ones - that is what I did:

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